Up North in Blighty

We’re on holiday in good ‘ole Blighty and currently visiting Grandma and Grandad Lee in Colne, Lancashire. We’ve dreamed about visiting our families and seeing England again, but dreaded the thought of travel with two preschoolers. We’re feeling a whole roller-coaster of emotions right now. It’s wonderful to see our family and to see the girls grow closer to their family, but painful to think of parting in a few weeks. The girls are coping exceedingly well with the thirteen hour time difference, but naturally have their ‘moments’.

Charlotte, Sophie and Grandma Lee:

Charlotte occasionally stamps her foot and says, ‘I want to go back to New Zealand right now!’, but on the whole she is enjoying the experience and learning so much about her parent’s native country.

Tomorrow we head off to The Lake District for a week (Charlotte is looking forward to seeing ‘Peter Rabbit’ but is hoping Mr McGregor stays firmly within the pages of her story book!). We’re hoping the deluge of rain holds off, but if not we’ll just produce our British stiff upper lip and continue forth in the tradition we were brought up, ‘We will have fun, whatever the weather’! Just have to remind the girls to say ‘welly boots’ instead of ‘gum boots’!

Charlotte taking Dali for a walk with Chinese Grandad looking on:

Life isn’t simple travelling around the world with two little’uns and though we are enjoying our fix of family, dry-stone walls, pubs and curry, we’ll be glad to get home to the simple life too!

Charlotte with two of her cousins: