Well, I'm back in Grenada now and I'm sure that you can all tell that my time in England was a blast from the lack of posting! No time to post when you're having fun:) Like I said, the trip was amazing and we did and saw so much. But within all the sight seeing, we relaxed a lot and that was great too. I loved being able to just...be! The weather was so beautiful, sunny and crisp most days and the rainy ones didn't bother me at all, I welcomed the cooler weather. Aside from being an Asher-hog and playing with Jacob, which were the highlights for me:), my time was filled with some great things. We went to a little lake nearby for a walk called Taklin Tarn, we went to Newcastle for an afternoon of shopping(!!!)...where we had Starbucks as well(!!!!), we went for a walk with Jo's parents in the Lake District(which is one of the most picturesque areas in the world), had coffee, went shopping, hit up the local McDonald's(that was for me:)) too often to count, and went on local walks along the river behind Jo and Astrid's house. There was much more stuff that we did, but it would take too much time to write it all down!
It was just great to be around family and Astrid and Jo were so hospitable(even when I got sick and in turn go Jo sick and his respiratory issues came back...again). I loved playing with the kids and just spending time with Astrid, which we don't get to do often. We both live away from home, so if we happen to both be in Canada at the same time, we don't end up spending that much time together because of other commitments. So times when it can be us, and just us, don't come often. Needless to say we got a lot of that this trip(hopefully not too much on Astrid's end:)) and it was awesome.
So now I'm back in Grenada and I'm so happy to be able to see Zach again! Two weeks is a long time not to see each other, but we've kind of gotten used to it since we have had to be apart for longer than that a few times since we've been married.
Zach's trip to St.Vincent went amazing. He was so happy being able to spend time in the hospital, putting into practice a bit of what they've been learning so far. The Doctors there were really great in that they let the students have more hands on work then usual and Zach got to watch a few surgeries, and even got to suture a machete wound on a man's arm! Needless to say, he was on cloud nine! He hasn't got his pictures from the trip downloaded yet, but when he does, I'll post them. He was also able to visit this Pathology museum...not quite sure what it was all about, but he could not stop talking about it for days afterwards...guess you have to be in the medical field to really appreciate that one:) I think it had something to do with this one Doctor that went to school in the UK and practiced all his life in St.Vincent and he kept meticulous notes on all his work and had this museum of, for examle, a jar full of something like 26 worms that he pulled out of some guys stomach...mmmmm! Stuff like that, oh and I'm pretty sure there were body parts there as well. That kinda fun thing...right up Zach's alley! Anyway, I'll get on with the pictures and I'll go more in detail about Zach's trip when there are pictures to post! Enjoy!!

Asher, he started making tons of weird noises while I was there...loved the ooooo sound!

Jo's parents and Astrid and Jo after our walk in the Lake District. We're at a cafe called Chesters...such a cute place!

The local pub, the Stag, in Jo and Astrid's village.

Me and Jacob

Jacob watching TV...can't tear his eyes away!

Jacob's pre-school...he loved it there. He's holding the door open for me, he does this often and it is so cute. He does it for complete strangers too!

Langley Castle, it's half way between Carlisle and Newcastle.

Me in front of Langley Castle

Just thought that this was a pretty shot!

In a town called Grasmere, in the Lake District. There was a little cottage where they made gingerbread and fudge...the ladies cracked me up!

At the Lakes where we stopped for a picnic that Jo's mom packed! There are sheep everywhere in that country...not helping the stereotype at all!

Jacob in the morning before he headed off for school...I love his glasses!!

A walk along the river behind Astrid's place.

More of the walk along the river

Talkin Tarn, the little lake near Jo and Astrid's.

Me and my beloved...back together again!

Asher and myself

Astrid at the coffee shop Costa, where we had coffee few times. They had some huge drinks, "I believe I ordered the LARGE cappuchino?!?"

Astrid, Jacob, Asher and Myself on a walk around Jo's parents place.

The Jansen's back porch...so beautiful. I love the red vines on the wall, they grow everywhere in England.

Asher in one of the cutest pictures ever!!


Lori said...

so pretty! i would loooove to go to england, i think that is where i'll go next, perfect climate too...glad you had a good time, great pics...why does astrid always look so tanned...? ah yes, grenada...have fun back "home"...tell them (grenadians) to get moving already! :)

Raine said...

Glad to hear that you had a good time and that you are back "home" safe and sound. It sure is beautiful in England. I would love go there some day... ahh dreams :)

Wendy W. said...

Great to see your pictures. I'm so happy for you that you had a great time with Astrid. I can't believe how big those kids are. Good to "hear" your news.

Kim said...

yay an update! i totally remember going for a walk around talkin tarn with you and astrid when we visited. :o) that's so awesome that they live so close to there! do you have any pictures of jo & astrid's cottage? i'd love to see them. :o) i also love jacob's glasses...he looks so adorable!