The Northerners

For the second month in a row we didn’t leave the country, and for a few days we went up North to a town called Barnsley where our housemate Emma is from. It was her birthday weekend and was going home for it so we went too and got to spend some time outside of London once again. It really is quite nice getting outside of London for a while as it is just a city that is so big and can be quite intimidating. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here. There is always something to do or something to see, and it’s so easy to find something new at every turn. It is just nice to get away from it all and relax for a while.

Friday night after work we hit up King’s Cross Station to catch the train out to Wakefield, not too far from where Emma lives, where her Dad was going to pick us up. Catching trains is still a bit of a novelty for me as I don’t really catch them that often. There is the tube, but that is so much different from the trains. I like that with the trains you get your own space and you can see the outside world as you go along which meant it was another opportunity for us to see some more of the English countryside. A couple of hours later the train was pulling into the station, where we met Graham (Emma’s Dad) and then made our way back to her house to drop our luggage, get changed, and then head to the pub. We walked down to the local pub which also happens to be famous cricket umpire, Dicky Bird’s local, where we drank for a while and before moving onto another pub in the area where we drank some more before we called it a night and headed back to Emma’s for some much needed sleep.

Saturday morning we were up for some breakfast of bacon butty’s and some of Emma’s nieces and nephews had come to visit so we were heading down to the park so the could play on the playground. Although, this was probably just as much fun for me and Elese being the big kids that we are. After spending some of the morning and early afternoon at the park we went onto the supermarket to grab some food and drinks for the BBQ we were having that night once some more of Emma’s friends arrived to celebrate her birthday weekend with her.

Naturally, because I’m Australian, I had to cook the BBQ, which I didn’t really have a problem with. As long as my beer stayed full, I was happy. It wasn’t the best of BBQ’s to cook on, which is why I also think Graham wanted me to cook on it, because if I had a problem cooking on it, being Australia, then he must need a new one. After BBQing we setup for a bit of a games night and that was about it really, although the games night got a little bit heated when Emma and her friends decided that they had won when in fact they hadn’t actually played by the rules. I then also declared all the previous games they had played null and void seeing as they had never actually played the proper rules. Our last day was then spent having a proper English Sunday roast which was absolutely delicious and after some cake for dessert we were stuffed, much like after any roast, and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon before Elese and I made our way back to London on the train.

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