Winter Wonderland: It’s London Baby

Day 8
December 11th, 2018

This glorious morning after a well-earned rest we woke up in our hosts home in Warlingham near Gatwick. We were grateful to share this happy home with Aurelija, her husband Dominic, their daughters Emelia and Isabelle and their pets.

Warlingham is a village in the Tandridge district of Surrey, England, 22.9 km south of the centre of London and 35.9 km east of the county town, Guildford. Warlingham is the centre of a civil parish that includes Hamsey Green…

Warlingham is situated on the scarp slope of the North Downs and parts of the village are 200 metres above sea level. This means that on the rare occasion it does snow in southern England, Warlingham will often get a light covering while neighbouring low-lying areas remain untouched. Warlingham’s height also allows for some panoramic views over central London (on the stretch of the Limpsfield road between Warlingham village and Botley Hill Farm). On a clear day all the major skyscrapers (including Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and the NatWest tower) can be seen, and the hills north of London can be made out on the horizon.

This morning, Felix threw a tantrum about his project of writing his 3 Good/3 Bad things for the last few days as he had fallen behind in his notes. Lucas got up to date on his own notes and solved a Rubik’s cube too. Felix was soon cheered up with helping make some love-heart shaped waffles with homemade jam. A delicious breakfast.

We enjoyed some much cherished quiet time, indulged in some craft and hung out for a while, before heading for a walk in the woods with the dogs, bending some trees, seeing llamas and even some pheasants. It was magical to re-connect with nature.

Before we left on this trip, Prunella had booked a pub lunch at “The Horseshoe” and arranged to meet the boys’ great-uncle John here. So today was the day and we were excited for a traditional English pub lunch complete with a blazing wood fire. It is delightful that you can book something online, in a different country, months ahead and walk in to see your table reserved with your name.

The stars had aligned as we found it was Aurelija’s birthday, so of course we treated her and it made it even more a special occasion. Of course Prunella couldn’t help but indulge in a pint of ale with “bangers and mash”. So lovely of John and his dog Roxy to have travelled all the way from the Cotswolds to see us all.

Then a walk around town. We bought Lucas some new pants, went to a park, visited the library, saw a scout hall and retrieved Lucas’s forgotten bag, which he left in the change rooms when he was trying on the pants.

Back home, we watched Horrible Histories on Netflix, and baked Kūčiukai traditional Lithuanian Christmas biscuits together. We skipped dinner – we were too full after our huge lunch, and then to slumber. A perfect day of local friends and sights.

Late at night when our host family was out and the boys were asleep I awoke to hear Christmas music and peeped out to see a light covered sleigh…

It was Santa giving out sweets to the local kids… Yes, excited that Christmas was fast approaching.

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