My sister-in-laws's status on Facebook this morning: "Francine Street is wondering what to do today"
Hopefully Francine gets the jokeâ€¦
Personally, I will be lying back and thinking of England. (For real, not like this.) Although I haven't made much public mention of this yet, in 8 hours I'll to be on a plane on my way to London.
We actually have a pretty large number of family all over England. My dad has two brothers and a sister, all of whom have 2 kids each, some of whom have kids. With the exception of my immediate family and one cousin, (who lives in Japan,) all of them make their home somewhere in the UK. And that doesn't cover my mom's side who naturally factor in there too. And while the bulk of mom's immediate family is in one place, she's got close cousins scattered across the country. Naturally, we're going to be visiting as many of them (on both sides) as we can, and we're doing the grand tour of the UK to do it. And when I say the grand tour, I mean itâ€¦ check this out:
We fly into London, stay a couple of days in Romford, then head on to Nottingham, Edinburgh, and Inverness. Then back down through the Lakes District to Coventry, and west to Newport for a few days. Why Newport? Well... it's the reason for the whole trip. August 19, 2009 marks my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary and on the 22nd Granddad turns 96. The entire Puls family, with the exception of only my brother, will be coming together to celebrate. It will be quite the event.
Now, from the "I can't believe how small this world is" book, it turns out that Roger Govier lives all of about 20 miles from Granny & Grandad. And during our four day stretch, we have a day off so we've got the chance to hook up with Roger, who is going to give us the local's tour of Cardiff. Dee and I are quite looking forward to being able to go out and spend the day with a friend, something we're not going to have nearly enough opportunities to do.
Our next stop after Newport is to head down to Poole, where we'll be staying for 3 days. Now there's something funny about Poole, and I'm sure there's a comment coming about thisâ€¦ Pretty much all of my mom's immediate family live in Poole, as does our great friend Bob Phillips. Nick Hodge isn't too far away from there, and nor is Richard Schollar. So there seems to be some kind of gravitational pull about Poole for some reason. Bob has graciously offered to host us while we're there, as there's not enough beds with family, and is going to show us what makes Poole the centre of the universe.
After Poole we head back to Romford, and have the opportunity to head into London for a day of sightseeing before we have to head home.
So now, for the disappointing partâ€¦
I have friends all over England/Scotland and, as I mentioned at the top, I've been pretty silent on my trip till nowâ€¦ As I think everyone can see, we have tons of family to see, many of whom we're only going to get to see for one night. The trip is going to be a hectic one to say the least. So if you haven't received an email from me, please don't be offended by itâ€¦ it's not personal at all, just survival. I'd like to see all of my friends, many of whom I've never had the chance to meet in person, but time just doesn't afford me that luxury.
At this point it's looking a lot like we've got one opportunity to get together with friendsâ€¦ dinner on August 28th in London. If you can make it to London, please drop me a line and we'll see if we can hook up.
Last but not least, I also would like to throw out a big "Thank You!" to my buddy Ted who will be house-sitting for us while we're gone. Much appreciated, buddy!