Slow Down Sunday

Yesterday was pretty brutal, between having only two people working with me at the library, and a non-stop flow of hyperactive children and their harried parents. By the end of it, I was tempted to get a broom to shove people out the doors, but we managed to get closed more or less on time.

In the meantime, Lady M and the Charleesi had headed up to London to visit the pop up Magnum store in Covent Garden. Their journey home was somewhat fraught however, and a last minute request for a pick-up from Osterley was met with my less than fulsome enthusiasm. One listen to my voice had them decide to get the bus, and shortly after to invite me to dinner at the nearest restaurant in the Premier Inn down the road.

Thyme is… well it’s perfectly adequate, does nice starters and steaks, and has no pretensions to be anything its not – so for a good wind down and refuel, it’s perfect. It was lovely to just switch off after a long day, drink wine, chat, and eat food I haven’t had to cook. We reeled home and collapsed – and have had a nice slow start to today.

We had planned to have the Sunday game today, but again it’s not happened, with multiple cancellation messages all arriving about nine in the morning – so instead we’re all just hanging around, catching up on Masterchef episodes and texting back and forth with friends and family. I’m going to do some prep for tomorrow’s game, upload some more odds and ends here, and maybe even do some writing…

Disney Day Five

The fast pace we’ve adopted is beginning to noticeably affect our ability to wake up in the mornings, so it was a slow start yesterday. Just as well we’d set today to hit the waterparks.

Lady M’s original plan would have seen us try to visit both Disney water parks in one day but we quickly changed that to spending the whole day at Typhoon Lagoon.

Dominated by an artificial mountain with a boat stuck on the top, the park has a large central swimming area that has a six foot tidal wave triggered in it every few minutes. A large beach circles it, as well as a number of water slides and features around the outer reaches, separated by a gently flowing stream in which people are encouraged to float in inflatable tubes.

We’d brought towels but you can rent them, along with lockers, so we quickly stowed them away so we could explore. Shark Reef allowed a brief snorkel with fish, sharks and rays, and then we did a circuit in the river.

Very restful, with scattered water sprays to cool us, there’s a good natured chatter to be had as you drift round bumping into people. The water is shallow enough to stand in, and there are plenty of lifeguards at regular intervals, so even I as a non-swimmer felt safe enough to relax.

There were a number of more energetic slides and tubes that the girls explored, with varying degrees of shrieking, but my highlight was the family raft ride down the mountain.

Yet again the Disney attention to detail shone through. If the lunchtime icecream service became a bit chaotic, well I can forgive that to a degree, but it was a rare sight of organisational confusion at one food outlet rather than anything systemic at the park.

The day just ambled by, and I think we may go back. We’ve all caught the sun, with minor sunburn on most of us, but no one is doing a lobster impression so that’s alright.

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In the evening we ate at Le Cellier in Epcot. It’s one of the Disney Signature Restaurants, which means two dips per person into your Dining Plan, or being prepared to pay well for your meal.

Le Cellier is Canadian and a steakhouse fine dining experience. The staff were attentive, informed, friendly and enthusiastic and the food was simply amazing. I highly recommend dining there and dressing for the occasion. If nothing else the delight on the staff’s faces when greeting people who’d made an effort rather than just slobbing in would make for a wonderful photo montage.

So, a good day all round, hopefully another quiet day to recover and we’ll launch back into the rollercoasters.