Colin’s agency job finished on Monday so we took the opportunity to go up to London for a few days to visit his grandparents, whom we haven’t seen for a year and a half. We loaded up the car and set off early Tuesday morning, stopping to visit my Granny in Yeovil on the way.
The Travelodge where we were staying had nine floors and a brilliant view. Once we had unpacked our stuff and set up Esther’s hammock, we went over to Great-Nanny and Grandad’s house for the evening.
On Wednesday, after Nanny cooked us a fried breakfast, we took the overground and underground trains to London Zoo.
There was a petting area where Tabitha enjoyed feeding and stroking the donkeys, alpacas, llamas and goats.
It didn’t take long for Aaron to find water and get soaking wet!
There were several walk-through areas where we could get up really close to monkeys, birds, spiders and other animals.
This pelican had the letters “AAR” on his ring, which we decided must be short for Aaron.
Tabitha loved the butterfly house and Aaron was amazed by the huge Atlas moths which were as big as his head.
Watching the penguins swimming through the glass was great fun. They almost seemed to play with the children.
Aaron was very excited about seeing the Komodo Dragon. He has been interested in them since we used Komodo Maths a few years ago and has watched lots of videos about them.
Colin found the aquarium very interesting.
One of my favourite animals we saw were the giraffes.
On the way back we walked through Regent’s Park. According to Colin’s phone, we walked 22 km in total that day! Aaron and Tabitha did amazingly well but we were all rather exhausted by the time we got back to Nanny and Grandad’s house for a late dinner.
On Thursday we drove across London to go and visit Colin’s aunt, uncle and cousins. They took us to Brooklands museum where we saw cars, bikes, planes, buses and more. We went on Concorde which was very interesting, and Colin pointed out the engine part that his Grandad made.
Afterwards we went back to their house for dinner, where Tabitha had a wonderful time with the two cats, five dogs and collecting eggs from the henhouse.
We spent Friday morning with Great-Nanny and Grandad again. It has been really lovely for the children to get to know them better, as they’ve only met them a few times. We set off around midday and finally got home just before 9 pm, after lots of stops and traffic queues!