I spent last week visiting the Siert family in England where my uncle Ward is stationed. We took advantage of the time and unusually nice weather to get out and see some things near the Lakenheath AF base. There are already pictures to look at!
I'll probably forget a bunch of stuff if I try to put it all here, so I'll leave the photos to tell the story. Some highlights:
- We ran into a concert by a choir from Auckland, New Zealand while we were in Cambridge. They were really good and sang a variety of classical music as well as arrangements based on music from New Zealand. Many of the pieces were performed in 6 and 8 part harmonies. Kara got tired of it and wished the one-hour-long performance were shorter, but for me they could have kept going!
- There are no pictures of the interior of Oxburgh Hall (since they didn't allow photography), but it was really quite impressive. The furniture is all made of dark wood, decorated with ornate carvings, so the place has a nice "woodsy" feel (I guess). One of Linda's highlights was me going down the "priest's hole" where the family that lived there would have let their priest hide during the persecution from protestants. It was just a hole in the floor that led to a small closet where he could have hidden. Most of the folks visiting were too old to give that hole a go!
Something you can't tell from the pictures is that England is an expensive place! If you make the conversions from Pounds to either Dollars or Euros, you'll find prices just too high to swallow (especially if you're Ward!). I think we ate out once: at McDonald's! If I had to live there I think I would have to stop making the conversions and just pay up. Otherwise you couldn't eat. The AF base has a grocery store and gas station and some other services that have goods from the U.S. and prices that are only a little more than what we would pay "at home", so the servicemen can get along all right.
The weather was strangely good. During the six days I was there we had only one morning where it rained and a day where it was cloudy (making many of the pictures from Cambridge not come out very well). This is apparently very unusual, but for me it came at a very convenient time!