At Sonning by the Thames

July 29, 2016 by Adam in Family

We packed up our cottage in Cornwall and hopped on the ferry to Fowey then a taxi to Par and the train to Reading. The seats were nearly all reserved so we hopped about as people boarded and left, somehow remaining seated the entire time. Then it was a mix of buses and walking as we revisited Joanna's childhood locations.

The Abbey was her first school, bringing up memories of playground mischief and her mom picking her up. It was closed but we chatted with a couple people who worked there and peeked over the fence. Next was the hospital where she was born, almost by accident. Next was her childhood home, her mom's home, and the corner market. Sadly the sweet shop hasn't survived the thirty year absence.

Another bus ride and lots more walking brought us to the Great House where we're staying the night. Christopher picked up his girlfriend Ines while the boys played on the lawn. We drank cider, ate good food, and retired to our room.

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Last Night in Polrun

July 28, 2016 by Adam in Family

We're back home, watching the Tumblyboos on the Night Garden. It's a kids' show that Finn adores. Soon Jay and Kiki are coming for dinner and then we prepare for our morning's departure. We take the train to Reading and visit Joanna's old home and school. Eventually we make it to the Great House in Sonning.

As for today, we did some laundry and carried the kayak down to the river. We wound our way past the ship refitter's and into a relatively empty river. After an hour or so we made our way to a little village called Pont, which is basically a half dozen buildings by a bridge over the footpath. The old buildings were rented out to tourists. We ate lunch in some old ruins and rowed back home.  After a little lay down we took the pokemon tour of town, visiting the three Pokestops. 

Time to prepare for dinner and pack a little for tomorrow.

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Fowey River Adventures

July 28, 2016 by Adam in Family

We roamed the countryside yesterday morning, taking a long path by the ocean, through farms, and back along public footpaths back home. We met a number of cows and an old world war 2 bunker along the way. That night Joanna's uncle went across the river to return with Indian food, which we devoured cheerfully.

Joanna is making gluten free bread from a mix she found. After we finish laundry we'll carry the kayak down to the docks and had upriver to explore the area by boat. Hopefully we stay somewhat dry.

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July 27, 2016 by Adam in Family

The view out the window is of a little bakery, promising tasty crumpets.  It's terrible English here. Finn is watching Thomas the Tank Engine. The kids had Sheddies for breakfast. Soon we'll go tour the village. We were promised a sixteenth century castle, despite being very small.

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July 26, 2016 by Adam in Family

We're about halfway through our journey, on the train to Paddington station. Hopefully we'll make it to Polruan by nightfall. Long train to Cornwall ahead of us.

Somehow got some sleep on the plane. It helped there was an empty seat next to us.

Update: We're on the train for Penzance, fortunately I'm wearing my pirate shirt. We're only going as far as Par, where a taxi ride and ferry await us. It's been a long day, but I finished my mocha and Joanna is setting up our English cell phone so we can communicate with the world.

Update 2: The train was long but we made it to Par, where Christopher had ordered a taxi for us.  The driver zipped us down narrow roads and then we boarded a tiny orange boat to get across the river. Christopher was waiting and made us a tasty meal. I met Joanna's aunt and uncle and saw her grown up nephews. Now I'm worn out and ready for bed soon.

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July 26, 2016 08:19 AM by Seraph
Have a wonderful trip! Say hello to the home country for me.

July 26, 2016 11:16 AM by Adam
Just passed through Plymouth. The idyllic countryside keeps passing by our train window. Looking forward to a pause in our journeys do I can shave and brush my teeth.

To England!

July 25, 2016 by Adam in Family

Friday night was just Sam and I.  There were a few nights of just the two of us hanging out, which was pretty fun.  We played a lot of Warframe together, along with finishing the great 80's nostalgia Stranger Things.

It was a weekend of scrambling about, trying to get organized, while still hanging out with kids as best I can.  The kids and I played video games, tossed a frisbee around at the park, and managed to mostly make pizza by ourselves.  Joanna returned from her east coast trip and we fed her pizza while watching Adam Ruins Everything.

And mom - I totally forgot to wish you happy birthday.  It felt like I saw you practically every day this last week, but I think I absolutely missed your actual birthday.  Thanks for being in our lives and keeping an eye on everyone.

Sunday was packing, walking Sam through the house care routine, and spending more time with the kids.  Joanna was busy with work, coming up with assorted quizzes for a content marketing company.  Sam, Emma, and I played Starbound, having a good time saving the galaxy and farming crops on an alien world.  Isa came over for a while to hang out with Sam, which I think he appreciated.  Emma and I went a little crazy with the art projects, putting together an activity book for the England trip.  Mom came over and we had a big dinner I threw together from my repertoire of a dozen meals.

Now we're ready to head off to Portland.  Joanna has physical therapy and I have a few last minute things to track down.  Hopefully I can find someone with a power converter to handle 230 volts.

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Happy Birthday

July 23, 2016 by Seraph in Cortez

Happy birthday Mom! I'm hoping the fact that I can't reach you on the phone means that you're out partying it up in style! 

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Mocha Friday

July 22, 2016 by Adam in Family

I'm heading off to work momentarily.  Sam is still in bed and Emma is cheerful and funny, planning a day of video games and hanging out.  I, on the other hand, am off to work.  At least I'll have a mocha.

We've had a series of computer issues the last few days, some of which aren't quite fixed yet.  I managed to diagnose the problem - an obscure issue with patch levels of a .dll and new SSL certificates on a remote server.  Yes, it seems magical to me too.  Today I'm going to try to put nothing into live and keep the lights on another day.  I've heard we might get a new developer FTE, which is exciting.  Maybe I might not be quite so alone.

Tonight I may just be hanging out with Sam, watching the last of Stranger Things.  Tomorrow I presume I'll be getting Emma sometime - we've got some food shopping to do, but otherwise the day is pretty open.  Joanna arrives in the evening and then we get ready for England.

Birthdays Galore!

July 20, 2016 by Adam in Family

Today is Duncan's official birthday - he's turning 11.  He woke up in Rochester this morning, along with Berry and Joanna.  Apparently their trip went relatively well, with the only issue being Maisie bear being left behind.  Apparently we need to send a package to Rochester soon.  I had my birthday yesterday as well, turning 47.  Everyone in the family is officially odd now.

It's been relatively uneventful other than all the trip planning.  Sam and Emma returned from their Bend trip.  Emma showed me her pictures of lava fields and sheepishly apologized for using so much data playing Pokemon Go.  The feeling was short lived, as she then proceeded to excitedly show off all the Pokemon she caught.  I think Sam had a good time hanging out with Isa.

I returned from work yesterday to find assorted birthday cards left for me.  Many thanks to Yayoe and the family.  We went to Cafe Yumm for a simple birthday dinner, with my mom coming along.  Afterwards the kids and I played Metal Slug 3, which greatly amused Sam.  Later we tucked in Emma and Sam and I watched a couple episodes of Stranger Things, which was very nostalgic with the 80's vibe.

Birthday Weekend

July 17, 2016 by Adam in Family

It was a weekend of birthdays.  Friday night mom and Isa both came over for the exciting double-birthday of Duncan and myself.  Joanna wore herself out making birthday cakes and getting things ready.  Fortunately the cakes were delicious and we were happy with all our loot.  I ended up with some nice work clothes, a handmade plate, and some camping gear that earned Sam's respect.  Sam filmed it all, and only recorded Isa a couple minutes at the beginning.

The rest of the weekend was pretty busy.  I wandered around outside with Emma, playing Pokemon Go and visiting nearby Pokestops.  Saturday was Duncan's party with his friends where they played Minecraft and ate cake.  Mom took Emma to an art gallery, which had tiny cream puffs (and hopefully some art, but Emma mentioned the cream puffs twice).  The day wrapped up with pizza and an episode of Adam Ruins Everything that was all about sex.  Good times.

Sunday was a little more quiet.  Joanna took the little kids off to church and then Berry to a birthday.  I took Sam, Isa, and Emma to Jamie's house as they're going to Bend for a few days.  I spent time working on the new version of the web site, playing video games, mowing the lawn, and getting all the electronics ready for everyone's trips.  I'm pretty happy with how the new web site is coming along, learning as I go.

Tomorrow Joanna packs up the kids.  Tuesday is my birthday, with Joanna, Duncan, and Berry leaving for Rochester.  I'll miss them all.  I'm getting Sam and Emma for a birthday dinner out on the town.  Then the house should be pretty quiet until next Saturday when Joanna arrives and we scramble for our trip to England.  Exciting times.

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