Nottingham - Men in Tights
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On Monday we hired a car and zipped up the motorway to Nottingham, home of Brentâ€™s good mate Ian and his wife Sandie. Itâ€™s been great for Brent to catch up with his old school buddy and for Jill to meet him! Ian and Sandie have two gorgeous children â€“ Christopher and Evie â€“ who have kept us entertained. Brent in particular is becoming quite good friends with Christopher, and they are playing with blocks as we speak, building a "boat in the sea" at Christopherâ€™s request.
We have been able to check out a few things around Nottingham, including of course pubs (the British love their pubs!) and an amazing park called Wollaton Park which was once owned by Lord someone-or-other (one would presume his name was Wollaton but you never know), where there is an amazing huge house and long wall surrounding the grounds that stretches for miles.
We have also had the pleasure of our first English football experience. We went to see Nottingham Forest play Oldham, and an "experience" it was! The crowd was amazing, with constant cheers, boos and melodious chanting. The coaches were passionately berating the referee and the police were strategically positioning themselves around the more rowdy pockets in the crowd. It was fun, but we did find the atmosphere for the players somewhat unforgiving. The fans would boo and hiss at their own players whenever they made a mistake, swearing at them with the same passion as they swore at the opponents. You would hope that the young rookie players had a good self-esteem, before running out onto a field only to be jeered by spectators wearing your own colours!
Wednesday we went into the city to check out some of Nottinghamâ€™s history.
Tomorrow we head off into the wild frontier that is the rest of the UK. We will keep you posted, but weâ€™re unsure as to how much internet access weâ€™ll have over the next couple of weeks.