We spent 2 days with family in Edinburgh. Mark and Kitty went off to feed the swans while I went ice skating with our nephew Laurie. Laurie is a very talented figure skater. Many years ago, in an ice rink far, far away I skated as well. My toe looping days might be long past but I was pretty stoked not to have my butt meet the ice- not even once.WIN!
We headed back by train to London before flying out of Heathrow. We spent the afternoon riding the tube to get to Kensington Gardens for one purpose only- the Princess Diana Memorial Playground. Mark at first thought we were going to some monument for a dead princess and complained loudly until I assured him we were going for Kitty to have a bit of fun.
The playground is based on 'Peter Pan' as J.M. Barrie met the boys who inspired the work in Kensington Gardens. There are swings and slides but also Tee Pees and Captain Hook's ship. Guess what was the only thing Kitty wanted any part of? that's right- the boat. We couldn't get her off of it and had a few heart stopping moments because its really designed for older kids but Kitty has never let that stop her.
And so after a day of sailing captain Hook's ship, we headed back to our lodging for our last night in the elegant and cosmopolitan city of London.
We stayed at the Travel Lodge at Waterloo Station at the beginning of our trip. It was clean, if basic and had a decent lounge area which are the only requirements we have for a hotel. Buoyed by our success we booked our last night at the Travel Lodge King's Cross on Gray's Inn which should be more correctly names the Hotel of 100 Smells.
|The awesome view from our room at the Hotel of 100 Smells. The view did change regularly though- every 20 minutes a loud train would roll by and rattle the windows. All. Night. Long.|
We survived the hotel, made it to Heathrow, boarded our plane and survived an 11 hour flight with an overtired toddler. We arrived home to a big girl who missed us and boat that still required more work. No rest for the wicked so back into the bilge Mark went the next day to start tidying up the wiring under the sole, refurbishing the bilge pumps and begin the task of rewiring the mast. More on that later but for now, I am so glad to have gotten a break from the never ending refit. We might not be able to cast off the dock lines just yet but we should be ready to do some day sailing soon. March in Texas brings wind and every time I am outside feeling the breeze on my face I think how much better use that wind would be filling our sails.
I've got one travel post to do, one of a smattering of photos from the trip and then its back to MORE WIRING and then- PLUMBING! WOOT!