We began our driving adventures this morning. Didn't start off too well as we had been directed to the wrong pick up point! Luckily a nice man pointed us in the right direction and a lovely guy originally from Bundaberg looked after us (ie upgraded us!). He did however forget to tell us that the car we have will stop (the motor) every time we stop. Not a fun thing to learn driving through a city that you don't know!!! Anyway, got on top of that though it is still quite strange, and headed off. Callum was playing that afternoon at 430 at Guisely so the plan was to check out Leeds, catch up with our friend Kaz the watch the cricket.
Unfortunately the A1 had other plans for us and we were in one of those traffic jams we see on the news for about 3 hours. We got diverted off the motorway and wound our way through the countryside. We had to get to York before the cricket to get our house keys, and didn't end up getting there until after 6. After a very quick house tour and orientation we were back on the road to the Guisely cricket club. Callum was happy to see us even though we didn't get to see him bowling. Kaz and Isak came and met us at the game, Kaz got a quick cricket lesson (from me which is a bit of a worry) and we had a good catch up. Marist Gold had their first win for the tour so everyone was happy. After goodbyes with Callum we headed to(where else?) the Guiseley Pub. It was too late for dinner and the pub doesn't usually allow kids in after 7pm but the lovely publican had been to Queensland and was a good sport so it was a nutritional chip dinner for the kids while we had a drink with Kaz and Isak. Marcus and the publican got on famously (I worry that this is a sign of the future, but will move on) ribbing each other about their respective cou tries sporting prowess. It was great to see Kaz again and to meet Isak. It is strange to think that we have only actually met 3 times in 20 years but have this lovely friendship.
Our tour of York began the next day with two tired children. Our house was a gorgeous terrace, with three levels. Marcus quickly claimed the QSbed in the attic, which was lucky as Chris would have had to kneel down to get into it! The beds here were so comfortable, we all slept so well and had to wake Marcus up to get going and see this gorgeous place. The house was only a 2 minute walk from the city centre, we would have happily stayed here another couple of days.
We ventured out and immediately ran into Callum and his group. He was happy to have a morning with us so we all got to walk around York together which was nice. All he wanted to do though was to go back to our place and chill, I think travelling with the group is wearing him out. We took the kids back to the house and had another hours sightseeing, which went all too quickly amd gave us an opportunity to pick a few things up for Soph's birthday. Headed out to Pocklington School in the afternoon for the cricket. A beautiful old school but very cold sitting in the middle of the oval watching the cricket! The boys had another win in a close game. Sophie and Marcus had a great time running around the grounds with other siblings and chasing the rabbits which made an appearance on the edge of the oval.
Tonight we joined a "ghost walk tour" around York. As it doesn't get dark here until 11 we did it in daylight, but it was still good entertainment and the kids loved it. The guide picked Chris ("the big one") as his go to man for the tour and we had a lot of laughs. It was a good way to see more of York, the Minster and the little alleys especially. After it was over we went with three of the other families to the pub for dinner. They are a really nice group and it was a fun night. Saw the boys on the way home, they had been out to dinner also and were also heading home. I have never seen our kids hug so much, they are really missing each other (how long will that last once we get to Paris?!!)
The next morning I got up early and went for a long walk around York, it really is a beautiful town with really friendly people and I wish we had more time here. The Minster was open so I managed to sneak in for a quick look around without the crowds (or the entry fee!). We have a long drive up to Elie today via Altwick - aka the Harry Potter castle.