Back home in Newcastle, seeing Granny, Grandad, Mapu (Uncle Paul), Auntie Tort, Uncle Ian, Nathan and Ganna. Nice to be part of the big family again, be in a lovely place surrounded by big, bouncy dogs. Also nice, to let kids wander off with various family members to catch a bit of peace and quiet! 6 weeks full on, 24/7... :-)) We even managed to get away for one night without kids - thank you, Manners family!
Had a trip up the coast to Bamburgh, Holy Island and Etal Castle - former home of the Manners family dating back to the Norman invasion. Surreal to see the name everywhere - and yes, related by blood somewhere along the line - though via 'natural' sons... ;-) Very interesting day.
We enjoyed day trips to an amazing little animal park with tonnes of animals we had never seen (bush dogs..? similar to Tasmanian devil), medieval pubs for ice cream and coffee. The kids helped Uncle Mapu get the combine ready for harvest and fed some lambs as well as going with Grandad sort out his cows and sheep.
We left on Saturday and returned Monday... a long trip back again. Nice to be home :-)