Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Number 5


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

which way now-1

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

team photo-1

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.

In the woods-1

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!


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Number 5

  1. The herding cats photo is priceless. Looks like half the things I’ve ever done in my life. It sounds like a wonderful weekend, and I long to know more about the lemon drizzle cake. I am fond of lemon.

    I’ve only ever seen one rugby game, but it was in an English pub and I loved every minute of it. (Can’t say the same for the people I was with; I think they had something more poetic in mind. They wouldn’t let me make restaurant suggestions after that.)

  2. Sounds like an amazing adventure!

  3. Ah. Mystery solved. That’s great that you have continued to keep in touch. I’ve lost touch with all my college friends but two.

  4. The Number 5 mystery solved, and what a great way to refer to the getaway ~ looks and sounds like a slightly soggy but good time. I love the finger pointing in different directions, LOL ~ happy times make happy memories 🙂

  5. I have fond memories of working behind the bar when rugby games were on – we always tended to have extra kegs delivered as the demand was usually quite heavy. Good natured crowd, though – although their chat-up lines leaned heavily towards the cheesy! The Irish in particular got away with murder thanks to those accents.

  6. Looks like it was a great weekend, and an organisational miracle. A friend of mine organises an annual skiing trip – for 40 people! I don’t know how on earth she manages it, or how she manages to stop organising everyone when she gets there. Glad you all enjoyed it.

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