And so it arrives. The main reason I took time off and the finale of my whirlwind trip. The wedding!
Christopher asked me to be part of his groomsmen team which meant I was one of four guys helping home out during the wedding. We all dressed the same as a team would and we all got ready together on the morning of the big event!
I had such a fantastic day and loved every part of the wedding. The ceremony was in a church which is quite traditional in England. This was followed by photos which, as a groomsman I was heavily involved in.
We then moved to a country house and spa where all guests were treated to incredible views a three course meal and then a huge disco dance party to finish with a live band.
It was a perfect day. The people, the dancing and the food were all spectacular. The weather was hit and miss but it made for some cool photos and it didn't rain too much.
What an amazing way to complete my trip home.
I'm back on Wednesday morning ready for River Rangers!
Can't wait to give out all of these loops!
I have grown up with a very isolated family on my mum's side. My family (mum dad and sister) all live in the North of England. My Auntie, Uncle, cousins and grandparents all live in the South of England. When I was younger it always felt like a big holiday to go All the way down. Now I'm older, I realise that the trip is actually very short and insignificant!
I journeyed to Devon via train and my Grandpa meet me at the station. We had a proper English pub lunch and then went to visit my granny who is in a caring home as she has dementia (a horrible illness that slowly takes parts of your memory away until you forget the people who are closest to you as well as how to walk and ultimately how to eat). It is extremely sad to see my granny like this as in her prime, she was an amazing cook and a great person to talk to. Now she barely says anything although she loves rhythms so we regularly listen to music or try and play the piano together.
Next it was on to see my cousins, auntie and uncle. They are fantasticly fun and I love seeing them even if it is only once a year.
My cousins are 18 and 20 years old which means they are both too cool for anything! They have just started working and both are looking to travel to different parts of the world this year.
I had a heap of fun spending time with them all. The best part was attending 'the garden show' all the local farmers show off their BIG vegetables and there are little games that you can play to win money. My cousin managed to win 50p (about $1) on a weird game involving marbles! What a win!
We also came 2nd in the egg throwing challenge where each pair had to throw an egg without it breaking. You go further and further back until eventually there is no way you can throw it that far and it smashes in your hands....yuck. I can still smell the egg now.
Time now for me to head home and see my parents. I haven't seen them in over a year so naturally I am very excited.
Great to see maths tasks being completed and of course we are now up to Unit 20 of the spelling so I will check in on how many columns you are completing for the loops when I return.
Room 17 (and Baysie Room 1) I have just met Robin Stevens in person and it was AMAZING.
I contacted her on Twitter as I was not available to meet her for her new book signing. I was thrilled to get her reply suggesting we meet today at Waterstones, (an English book shop, a little fancier than Dymocks).
We have spent a whole Term reading her first book 'Murder most unladylike' we drew pictures to create a new front cover, predicted who the murderer was and created evidence lists and maps based on her wonderful description and clever image inclusion , (Check here if you want to look back).
It was such an exciting moment...I was a little nervous, she is a celebrity in my eyes, an author of an incredible book series and the author of a potentially new series of mystery books. (which I have now bought and will add to our class library). I entered the book shop with a deep breath and all of a sudden I had met her, shook hands and dived right into the new book! Our conversation was instantly calm, as if we had been friends for years.
More details on the new book to be spoken about in class. The cover is intriguing, the story behind it needs to be explored. We shall engulf ourselves in the book when I am back.
Robin signed two books for me and recommended a third. I left in awe of the whole experience. What a meet. Thank you Robin Stevens!
The England Section
It is going to be a whirlwind from now until I return to Perth.
I'll try and check in with family updates over the next weeks. I hope you are getting on with your autobiographies. Make sure to include small sections on your family and upbringing. I'll add my own little autobiography on this blog!
I am writing this from my plane, just about to land in London. This stage of the trip is about a good friend of mine and his wedding. I am part of the groomsmen team, which means I am more important than others and help out on the day of the wedding.
I have known Christopher since I was 4, he is an important friend of mine and I can't wait to celebrate with him. Let's do this ENGLAND!
Marina Bay Sands
The last day of our Singapore dream.
We decided to splash out and stay 1 night at the 5 star, Marina Bay Sands hotel. We were not disappointed. The room was huge! There were plenty of free pens on offer and everything we wanted to do with our day (swim, eat, see the sights) was easily available to us.
Let's talk about the swimming aspect…(the main reason for booking the hotel) The pool is an infinity pool which means it gives the illusion that it goes on forever. It is located on the 57th floor and gives you 180 degree viewing over the Singapore city.
We ensured an early check in so we could check it out as soon as possible. Overall we had 3 swimming sessions. The pool closed at 11pm and we were still there enjoying the awe-inspiring view. What a way to finish off the first stop of our tour.
Maths problem for anyone…The pool is split into three sections, all 50 Metres in length, it also has two platforms separating the sections they are 7 Metres In length..what is the total length of the pool?
Speaking of maths, there are three study ladder tasks for you all online. (Blue Hoops galore)
I am also very excited to see some 100% people on lit pro (Red hoops in abundance)
Shout out to Zeke, Febe, Alaria, Teba, Emma, Jayden all going for it on Lit Pro!