I flew to the Channel Islands on Monday to chair Tribunal meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. In a rare opportunity to mix business with pleasure, on this occasion I was able to get the bus to a beach on the west coast of Guernsey in the early evening and fit in a round trip by boat to the neighboring island of Herm to walk to Shell Beach before flying home the next day.
|Cobo Bay, Guernsey
|Alderney Point, Shell Beach, Harm
|Flying home over the Isle of Wight
A day of unpacking and catching up on Thursday, followed by a round trip by car to Bristol on Friday to see Steve's mum, pay a fleeting visit to son Jack, but sadly not go up in a hot air balloon (again!).
Yesterday, we traveled to London by train, met up with daughter Katie and partner Ed at St Pancras International and caught the Javelin train to Stratford where we spend the day at the Olympic Park. A smooth journey, lots of happy helpful staff to point us in the right direction, a thorough but speedy security search and we were in the Park!
|Katie, Ed and Steve at the Olympic Park entrance
|Basket Ball Arena
We spend the entire day walking the park, meandering along the River Lea, photographing eye catching buildings, the outdoor art works, wonderful soft landscaping of trees and wild flowers, and the groups of entertainers who were wandering about...
|Wild flowers at the Olympic Park
|Walking on the Olympic carpet!
|Water Polo centre
After lunch, we found somewhere to sit and watch the Cycle Road Race on the big screen and relax in the sunshine until it was time for our visit to Orbit, the quirky observation tower designed by Anish Kapoor.
|Watching the Cycling Road Race on the Big Screen
|Orbit from below
Great views over the Olympic Park, including views down in the Stadium where the flame was burning as the sets from the opening ceremony were being dismantled, out over central London and beyond, then a slow walk down the spiral staircase and time for tea!
|Steve, Ed and Katie look out over London from the top of Orbit
|Looking down into the Stadium and at the Olympic flame from Orbit
|Walking down to ground level
Our last walk of the day took us to the Velodrome, which is huge! A simple, but very beautiful design.
By then, we were all pretty tired and foot sore, so caught the mobility buggy back to the Stratford Gate entrance, where we said our goodbyes to Katie and Ed before heading back on the Javelin into central London and on to Paddington to catch the train home. One very special day!
I woke up this morning to Steve's birthday card, lots of birthday greetings from my Facebook friends all over the world. That's pretty amazing too - thank you all for your kind wishes!
We are out for lunch today with friends Jonathan and Sally, so I will think about my birthday wishes tomorrow. It's been quite a week, one way or another, and another family milestone we've been able to share, over 37 months since Steve was diagnosed with mesothelioma.