We had a great flight from Johannesburg to Frankfurt, Germany. It was an overnight flight leaving 8:30 pm so the kids were awake for about an hour settling in ,then they slept for probably 7 hours, which made the 10 hours go very quickly .We had a 2 hour wait before flying to Manchester.We were in Manchester by 9 am. Dick and Irene,( Gwynfors brother and sister in law ) picked us up in two vehicles ,I’m so glad we don’t have to lug around our 6 overweight cases anymore. We were lucky to only, having to pay excess luggage in Albury, I was preparing ourselves to have to pay quite a bit along the way ,but I think we struck nice people that booked our luggage through.
view from Dick and Irens Mum,Dad,Jenny ,Alan and us Gwynfor with all his brothers and Mum
So lovely to see everyone, we have caught up with most of the family, some of the nephews are away studying and working so we’ll catch up with them once they return. Mum and Dad have also been here since we arrived they are with some very good family friends. They have just finished an amazing trip through France, they did London and Cornwell then up to see us in Wales.They are looking really relaxed and enjoying all that they have seen. Dick has organised for Dad and Alan to see alot of old machinery, mines and all the things boys love, so much history.
We went to visit the local school yesterday with the kids, and they were having a big Christmas sit down lunch today, they invited them join them. So the kids decided that they wanted to, they ended up staying for the rest of the day. So they had their first half day school and have all made friends and quite happy. Didn’t know how Ais would go, but she stayed with Ella for quite awhile then went off to her room.
The kids as they go into school Christmas dinner at school ,in their cafeteria
The school only has 55 children but good facilities, Rhys is in a year 5-6, and there is only 11 kids so I am really happy with that. Ella and Jack are in the same class year 3- 4, 14 including Jack and Ella. Aislin’s class is called reception not sure how many in that one. The school is very bright with loads of art work around. They have hot dinners everyday which is weird to get my head around. So I really should only have to give them soup or a sandwich at night???? They are off swimming tomorrow with the school (weekly event), heated pool of course! Christmas pantomime next week, so they are going to find some little non talking parts, so they feel involved. They school and teachers have been very welcoming.
Well do I breach the subject of the weather? I must say it isn’t as cold as what I thought it would be, but it’s unusually mild ,they say. The thing that is hard to get used to is that it is dark by 4pm. I think once we settle we will be organised early in the evening and off to bed. Monday is D day, the holiday is officially over, Gwynfor starts work, kids start school and routine begins……
More goodbyes tonight or in the morning, worst bit……. Wasn’t nice having to say goodbye to Pete and Zett, Evan and Tan either. Mum and Dad leave early in the morning.
Any way out for dinner again tonight……..