Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A Family Picnic

After a week saddened by attendance of the funeral of one of my closest work colleagues, Chris Neilson, and an assortment of computer and household issues/mishaps that cause regular frustration, together with news that Marian P had unfortunately broken her leg in Italy and has had to drop out of a forthcoming trip together with husband Mike (pause for breath), etc, etc, it was a delight to spend the day in St Nicholas Park near Warwick Castle with about 25 members of Sue's extended family.

There are usually more of us, but many of the regulars had good reasons to be absent and that meant that everyone who did come was able to sit in a big circle on the pleasantly sunny afternoon. It really was very relaxing.

The pictures don't show everyone, as some of the party were engaged in football, mini-golf, pedalos and other distractions. It's a short walk from the Park to the castle, which I understand merits a full day's visit.

Chris, in particular, was busy playing mini golf, practicing for a Challenge. On Monday he and three others will be trying to complete four rounds of golf on a full size course, all in one day, in support of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. We hope they succeed in this formidable challenge.

It was good to see everyone and enjoy this most pleasant picnic in the park. A lovely way to spend a day.


Sir Hugh said...

Looks like you'd have been out of it if you hadn't brought your chair. The small remains of my family are scattered as far apart geographically as is possible in England - did many of yous have to travel a long way?

Phreerunner said...

This is Sue's family, Conrad, spread from Cumbria to Surrey. Less than half of them were able to come this year, and there was a 'chairless' contingent as one of Sue's high flying cousins had carried out an actuarial assessment and had substituted five chairs with a blanket.