Before my mind melts before all these papers I’ve saved with such vigour and enthusiasm, let me stop a moment and talk about Surrey. Well, not about Surrey as such, more about spending time with my cousins, auntie and uncle and my darling 3 year old second cousin April.
I came across this painting of Surrey and it sums up Surrey for me. http://www.nonakedwalls.co.uk
I arrived on Saturday afternoon and spent the evening and night at my cousins house in Woking. Woking is a lovely place, just half an hour out of London and filled with forests. I remember my awe seeing my aunt’s house for the first time when I was still young, fascinated by the ‘forest’ in her garden! Of course, greenery and large trees were a rare occurrence for me in Malta. I still find myself fascinated by large spaces, which is why I find myself transfixed while travelling my coach through fields and fields of grass, and sheep.
I digress, my cousin has a typical English house with a little porch and cute window pane on presentation. There is something Enid Blyton about these houses, which continue to fill me with childhood pleasure, almost imagining a goblin to pop out from behind a pot.
It was an evening that reminded me of home – good red wine, spicy rice cooked by Wayne, my cousin-in-law, and entertaining the princess of the hour with bed time stories and cuddles.
Sunday was pub dinner day and boy was I impressed! We went to the Red Lion Pub in Woking and I took my first ever Veggie burger. I was tres impressed with my mushroom, roasted red peppers, halloumi cheese flavour mix! The chips were also grand, especially after a starter of baked Camembert. Food always makes me happy as you can see J
On Mondays, my aunt and I were in charge of the princess. We decided to take her to feed the ducks, and in the process take me to see the ducks on the river. The ducks weren’t having it though. They just wouldn’t show up. To be fair, I was more disappointed than April as she was content to nibble on the bread meant for them!
It is so nice to spend time with people you love, allowing yourself to be treated to tea, food and most of all family love!