So I am back for the good old English summer. Its bloody rain as usual. Well, what did I expect? At first I moved in to my sisters place for a week or so then in to Simon’s for a few weeks then on to my Dad’s as he was away for the rest of my stay. The first weekend back and I was just in time for Henley Regatta. James Kilkenny had invited me to a BBQ at a friends house on the river on the Friday evening. Then on the Saturday daytime I was with my sister and her partner , Ollie. We met up with another friend Karren on a little motor boat and spent the day plodding up and down the river watching the regatta, with a few nibbles and a rake of wine and beer.
I was lucky enough during my time back in the UK that my cousin, Daniel, had quite a lot of work on, so he was able to give me a few weeks work here and there working on a few renovation projects and an extension. This paid for my time in the UK. Thank God, as the price of everything had gone up again since I was last home. There were some very early starts and very late finishes to meet the deadlines for the renovations. During the London job I even braved staying at an ex-girlfriends house so I could have 4 hours sleep rather than going back to Wokingham and only having 2 hours sleep as I had to be back on the job first thing. To my surprise (and hers I believe) we had a really good laugh and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her again.
I also decided to go to Germany to repay the visit from Yvonne, and I also went to see my dad in Turkey. It was lovely seeing Yvonne again and chatting about our future travelling plans. Seeing where our next paths will cross. While I was in Turkey I spent half of my time staying at my dads with my two younger sisters and half the time staying a friend Ahmet’s hotel. Stacey and Archie also came out for a week and we spent allot of time in the pool teaching Archie to swim.
One of the big reasons for me to come back to the UK was a few of my friends had weddings that I wanted to attend. First there was Joe and Sarah’s wedding and then my good friend Dan Lawry and Julie got married on my birthday with a big wedding reception the day before I left for South Africa. Both were great weddings with people I hadn't seen for a very long time. Some of the guests I hadn't seen since I had been in school.
And that is it really. Next step was going to be South Africa for me. One of my favorite countries doing one of my favorite thing, sailing. Cheap meat, cheaper beer and the arrogance and humor of the Africans. I could not wait.