Our weekend away in Surrey; a ‘Number 5 Weekend’.
I’d best explain, when Mr Uphilldowndale was a student many, many, years ago… he shared a house with nine other students, the house was Number 5 Lansdowne Terrace, Exeter.
Ever since that time they have been getting together every couple of years or so for a bit of a reunion (Some of them you have already met, there’s Mr Redcar and the bride and groom for a start) but now, what with wives, husbands, partners, children and those that spent so much time at Number 5, they might have well of lived there (and have therefore been awarded honorary membership of this special group) the party numbers 27*. So now, a get together requires a largish venue, a Youth Hostel usually fits the bill, if we take over the whole place.
Mr Redcar organised the weekend he is to be complimented on his efforts, it is not easy getting agreement or consensus of opinion out such a large group, it is, and always has been like herding cats
We ate lots of treats, Number 5 know how to cook for big numbers and big appetites, we drank a fair bit. Walked some, to the top of the hill, to justify the over indulgence. Mr Redcar took a group photo
We then went to the pub, where the northern contingent blanched at the price of beer in the prosperous south. Then we walked back to the hostel, through the woods, it rained some, but we were not overly concerned. It can’t have been more than a couple of miles back to the hostel, but we still managed to lose half the party. Time passes, not much changes.
We ate more treats, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownies, fruit cake, flapjack, sponge cake. A party then took Tom and Joe off to the pub, to initiate them in the noble art of watching the rugby down the pub, time passes, not much changes.
*We were more than 27, but some of the children of Number 5 have now spread their wings and are off, around the world, being more grown up than their parents!