Saturday, May 17, 2008

Visiting Dan and Sarah

The day started well as we set out to see our great friends Dan and Sarah, Michael's godson Samuel and his new baby bro Jack. The original plan had been for them to come here, but their car was crashed into, whilst parked, last week so we decided to go and see them and take up the lunch. I thought it would be nice for the kids to go on the train - and actually given the cost of petrol, our train tickets at £39 for the lot of us probably worked out a lot cheaper.

So, lunch packed, children ready we set off - got about 500 yards from our house when we were smashed into by the Tesco's delivery van who seemed to think that belting down Sandbanks Lane on a drizzly morning was a good idea. It was one of those horrendous slow motion things, I had managed to stop but he did not and ploughed into us whilst all we could do was sit there. Needless to say he got his ear chewed off by us, especially when we suggested that he may have been going too fast for both the narrowness of the lane and the slippery road and he replied " I'm a very careful driver, you try stopping a 3 tonne truck!". I'm guessing he manages it okay at traffic lights....

So having exchanged details, photographed the scene and calmed down a bit we turned around and came home to report it to the insurers - never a great process. As we didn't get him to admit liability we now have to wait for the insurers to pursue Tescos to admit liability before we can get it fixed, luckily it seems to be drivable. Apparently the fact that we were stationary should make it fairly clear cut. Ho Hum. So an hour later we set off in car no. 2 and finally arrived at Dan and Sarah's at half one. It was great to see them, Samuel had changed so much since we last saw him at his Christening - lots of 'words', many understandable, and a great appetite. Not to be left out having already had lunch he wanted to join us for ours and tucked into the red pepper and basil bread from Oscar's and the roast chicken with tyme, lemon and garlic. I think the chocolate brownines may have been top of his list though!
Jack is the spitting image of Samuel at the same age (6 weeks) Let's hope they don't end up looking like Dan!We had a really great time there before heading back on the train - via a rather fortuitous walk to the tube which took us past Ambala - home of the best Indian sweeties in town!

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