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Summer trip to England 2015

Posted on June 22nd, 2015

A week or so ago we got back from visiting family in England. We went for 2 weeks, and spent the first week in a holiday home in Devon. The holiday home was very big, though was showing it’s age. It had servant bells in it that didn’t work (I tried, but A.J. didn’t bring me a cup of tea). We went to Barnstaple, a nearby town, the first day. It was a nice town with a high street and indoor shopping. We looked for an HMV but only found Jemmy Twitchers. We also noticed that KFC had barbecue sauce in their burrito. My Mum liked it but the thought of it is just wrong to me. Barbecue sauce seems to be a new thing in England though. If you want to say something is American you slap some barbecue sauce on it. I got some pick-and-mix from a sweet shop that was yummy, but Mum lost her bag somewhere between the shop and the car. She went back to get a new bag the next day though. My Mum got a big jigsaw that we completed during the trip. We went bowling later and that was fun.

Drawing on the beach

Drawing on the beach

Later in the week we went to a beach. A.J. dragged me in some sand dunes. I didn’t want to get all sandy so I sat on a surfboard but that made it kind of lame. There were lots of cute tiny snail shells on the dunes, along with some barbed wire dotted about for the scenic look. At the end of the trip to the beach we watched one wave destroy Dad and Dave’s castle. I’ve never seen one wave completely destroy a castle before; they must have been big. We saw my Grandmother and my Mum’s cousin the next day. When we got back from England we actually bought some French Vanilla Tim Hortons that my Mum will take with her when she next visits her cousin because they said there’s nothing like a French Vanilla Tim Hortons. I hadn’t tried it before, and when I did try it (last week) I put a sugar in it which was a mistake. Anyway, we walked along an estuary (I think) in the afternoon and I saw a cute polka-dot boat resting on the seabed. On the drive to the estuary we got my Dad to drive round a roundabout a few times just for funzees (while the others followed). We took a train to Exeter on the last day, with my Mum. I think I got some magazines there. I was looking for crochet magazines the whole trip because they’re so hard to find in Canada. We ate all of our leftovers before we left the house, so my dinner constituted of home-made chicken curry, half a bun, a yummy home-made chocolate and some ritz crackers.

Dinosaur I made from a magazine

Dinosaur I made from a magazine

We were glad to be back in Shrewsbury in the second week, with a toilet in the same room as the sink and a mattress that fitted the frame it was in. On the way back I had the best donut ever at Dunkin’ Donuts. We stopped at a Welcome Break that had a walkway over the highway to get to the KFC in a forgotten forest. It seems all Welcome Breaks in England are sponsored by American companies. It’s a little America every time you stop off. We went to Corbet Wood a couple of times to fire flaming arrows at unsuspecting passersby and tie rope swings over giant chasms. We watched Cube with my Dad which is a very artistic movie. I love the metaphors within metaphors and it’s definitely not a load of cliche crap that makes me laugh. My other Grandparents and Uncle Jim visited the second day we were back and we had a delicious roast dinner with them. The next day we went to Liverpool with my parents. That’s a huge city. We haven’t gone to the docks yet, but we should go some time. I did a lot of shopping with my Mum and got some nice clothes. We ate burritos that were quite delicious. That evening we all went to see Danny Bhoy at the Shrewsbury Theatre Severn with Penny and Dave. He made fun of Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Americans. That was a fun time. We watched Dinner for Shmucks that night which is a really funny movie, though I fell asleep for some of it.

I went with my Mum to Bridgemere the next day to go to HobbyCraft. They have changed that place from a gardening centre to an everything centre. They even had a new mini golf course. I bought a bunch of yarn at HobbyCraft for a pretty good price. They had a great selection. My Mum got some fancy merino wool too. We stopped at a craft centre on the way back which I remembered from being a kid. I remembered there being a petting zoo and a leather shop. That evening we went with my parents to a local pub, and noticed that they had a pub quiz that night. We went back later with my Dad and answered almost all of the questions wrong. We came second to last, but it was fun. We went to Shrewsbury the next day. I went to a wool shop that had lots of great wool for good prices. I wish there was a place like that in Edmonton. My Dad printed a photo of A.J. and I at the pub quiz on a canvas to hang in their kitchen while we were in Shrewsbury. We ate fish and chips at The Town Fryer but they have such terrible service that I won’t be back there.

Shooting aliens with Dad

Shooting aliens with Dad

On the last day of the trip we went with my Dad to the local bowling place to play arcade games and do some bowling. They had a lot of fun new arcade games, including one where you’re sitting in the cockpit of a plane. I also enjoyed riding a motorbike against my Dad and collecting the chicken eggs. I played the worst game of bowling I have ever played, and my Dad played his best. We watched Alien vs. Predator that evening which was better than I thought it would be. I wanted it to be terrible like Cube. My parents drove us to the airport the next day. We had nachos at the airport that were ok. After we said goodbye and went through security, I got to buy a couple of things on sale at Cath Kidston. It was strange how you had to scan your boarding pass though to buy a bag of gummies that didn’t even seem cheap.

On a side note, I have put up two articles on videochums.com recently. The first is How Story of Seasons Improves on Harvest Moon and the second is Why We Need More Dragon Quest. I have also just finished my pattern for the Dragon Quest 7 hero. That should be up some time soon.

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