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Day Ten

January 21, 2007

Moving right along (the day before we all toured Staircase House, then Drew, Collin and I checked out the Stockport Air Raid Shelters)….

For Sara’s birthday last September, she and Mark went on a canal boat lunch trip. They loved it so much that they planned a day for us, plus Mark’s grandparents (they were such a blast – I really enjoyed all the times we spent with them during our trip) and their friends Jean, Rachel and Andy.

It was a great afternoon on the Judith Mary:

We were on the boat over two hours, had a delicious lunch, and spent our time chatting with everyone and taking in the views of the beautiful countryside around us.

Here’s Mark’s grandparents:

And our table (Jean, Mark, Sara, Drew, me):

For lunch, we all started with French bread and pickled red cabbage. Then we had a choice of either hot pot (like a beef stew – it was wonderful and reminded me of my mom’s which is a big favorite of mine) or bangers and mash. For dessert, we had apple pie with fresh cream.

This is the best photo I took from the boat of the countryside:

Such a beautiful area! Lots of people were on walks along the canal, and we got plenty of waves from children out walking with their parents. On the way back home, Mark stopped his car on the side of the road so I could get a few more photos of the area at dusk.

Can you see the sheep in the first photo? During this trip I saw what seemed like millions of sheep! They were everywhere.

P.S. For those of you who were also reading Drew’s blog, he hasn’t updated in ages because the day after we got back to the States, his back went out. Almost two weeks (and many visits to the chiropractor) later, he is still recovering. He has a hard time sitting for more than five minutes at a time, so he hasn’t been able to work at his computer. Poor guy feels bad, as he had good intentions with his blog. I will continue to plug away at mine when I can and I hope that everyone is still enjoying this!

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