28.04.2016 - 01.05.2016
On Thursday afternoon, Simon ran to the airport to collect our next hire car. Literally. It was about a 3 mile journey, and he managed to time his run in between showers of rain. We loaded up Feodor the Fiat and then a few hours later, we arrived in Northampton. It had rained solidly for pretty much the entire drive, but magically the clouds turned from grey to fluffy white as we approached our housesit. Bonnie and Jake greeted us with Australian accents, and Mabel the bulldog and Brussels the cat greeted us with much tail wagging and much suspicion, respectively. We headed straight to the Fox and Hounds for the Thursday night quiz, where Simon's experience working at a zoo and a veterinary practise provided no help whatsoever in the animal round. We then proceeded to fail miserably at the movie and music rounds and struggled to identify most of the 'famous' faces. Our only success for the night was knowing what we didn't know - we avoided answering the tricky questions in the wipeout round, thereby avoiding getting any questions wrong (which would have resulted in zero points for the round). Fairly confident we came last, but we had fun and that's something to appreciate.
On Friday we explored our new surrounds - Asda, four charity shops, KFC, Waitrose, Subway, Chinese takeaway, tattoo parlour, and bakery. Mmm bakery. The bakery and Asda provided supplies for the week, and we provided Mabel with her walk for the day. She demonstrated her prowess at pooping while walking - she didn't even pause for a second! Impressive.
Bonnie and Jake left early Saturday morning, so we got down to the serious business of walking the dog and planning some more of our holiday adventures. Some days you just need to do nothing very much exciting in order to be able to do lots of exciting things later on down the track. This was one of those days.
Sunday was slightly more energetic - the sun was out, proper sun! As a result, Mabel got a longer walk and we found a new park to cut through. After lunch we drove to Stanwick Lakes for some scenic walking and appreciation of the local birdlife. There were some excellent play areas at the lakes - climbing walls, flying fox, tyre swings, rope bridge, obstacle course - but unfortunately there were too many children for us to be able to get a turn on any of it. Boo. But we did get a turn at eating a medal winning icecream and sitting in the sun and watching the swans, so all up it was a fairly pleasant afternoon.
Upon our return, Mabel, Brussels and I were all demanding food so Simon fixed dinner for everyone and then we settled in for a quiet night of scheming, snoring loudly, and chasing feathers with bells. You can decide who did what!