The excuse of a wedding in our family took all four Christies to England. A great time was had by all. David and Jacqueline travelled to England on the Tuesday and stayed in a B&B in Balham (!), which has moved up in the world since David was a child in Croydon. The people in Balham now prefer to be known as “Wandsworth Common Villagers”. We dined really well there in the famous Ghurka restaurant and were amazed at the proliferation of cycle lanes all over London (and at the daring manoeuvres of the cyclists!). On Wednesday we met a work colleague of Jacqueline’s and spent the rest of the day with Mark and Stuey in Croydon and environs. We had a fun trip to “The Dorchester” – an exclusive “vintage” restaurant – and then went on to see the dinosaurs at Crystal Palace (and have a ice cream).
Thursday was tourism day in London: first of all St James’s Park with its really tame “wildlife”, then Áedán’s favourite Turkish coffee shop (very good) and then on to Covent Garden and Tate Modern. In the evening, the boys arrived from Switzerland by plane. Friday was the big wedding day! On the way, we dropped in for coffee with Jim, Ruth and the doggies. The wedding: all dressed up, and not a tradition missed! A beautiful church in Saffron Walden and a splendid location – a landhouse nearby. It was great to see all the family members again: there were four generations present! On Saturday, Seán and Áedán stayed on and met up with Áedán’s godmother, Sally-Ann, and David and Jacqueline made the journey back to Switzerland.