Saturday, October 29, 2005

The England Journal: Thursday 20 October

A gorgeous day today. The sun was shining, the sky was mainly blue, and the countryside was amazingly beautiful. Today we drove about 90 miles northwest of Loughborough to Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Derbyshire.

The house itself was amazing with its paintings and sculptures. Kinsey was not on her best behavior though and like any four year old, wanted to touch a lot of things that she wasn’t supposed to. Thankfully, the house part didn’t take very long, and we got out to the grounds.

The grounds were absolutely stunning. The gardens were blooming with flowers and there were a myriad of paths to go down. We went through a coal tunnel where the servants had extracted coal from and we did a maze on the grounds that took me about 15 long minutes to get through. We imitated statues, took amazing pictures, and generally just had a lot of fun.

We’d also planned on taking Kinsey to a farmyard, but it was an extra cost, so we decided to forgo that.

When we got back to Loughborough, we prepared for another night with some of the youth. We had the huge fish and chips again, woke Kinsey up from her late nap (again), then met with everyone.

We had another blast, playing the biggest game of NERTs I’ve ever played (people running to where they could put their cards), played Mafia, then had a short devo. We said goodbye to everyone and again just were amazed at the closeness of all of us.

We got back to the Hills pretty late and had to pack for an early train tomorrow, which meant none of Norman’s stories. Kinsey fell asleep about midnight, so we’ll see how all the travel to London goes. I’m looking forward to it, but I know that I’m going to miss this town a whole bunch.

Friday 21 October

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