Saturday morning we vacated the hotel and took a taxi to the station where we then took the train down to Worthing. John’s parents met us at the station. There was a slight drizzle so Ann (John’s mother) and I walked home whilst John and Kirsten went with Bill (John’s Dad) back to the house with the cases. There wasn’t room for all of us in the car and I was quite glad for the fresh air and time to chat with Ann. We popped over to visit Karen and Guy in their house later that afternoon and saw all the work they’d done in the 15 months since our previous visit.
We were only staying until Thursday and managed to find plenty to keep us occupied. On Sunday it had been arranged that many of John’s family members would come down for a visit. I think in the end there were an additional 10. It was wonderful to catch up with both old and new family members. Kirsten hit it off with Ivanka, Will’s fiance. I think it was a mutual admiration society going on. Kirsten also got to play with her second cousins, Jessica and Adam. Jessica is 5 weeks older than Kirsten.
On Monday we discovered Conrad (Sigrid’s youngest brother) was off work. He and his wife MC also happen to live in Worthing so he came across and picked us up to take back to their house. Last time we saw the house was before they had officially moved in so again it was good to see the changes. The 4 of us (MC was at work) walked into Worthing and spent a number of hours ambling around town before heading back to the house. Conrad was then kind enough to take us back to Ann and Bill’s in time for dinner.
Tuesday morning we headed out for a local walk to help Kirsten burn off some energy. We got back just before John’s Uncle arrived. After lunch we then all headed down to the beach front for another walk. It was cold but the tide was out so Kirsten had a wonderful time.
Wednesday was then our last day in town so we took a trip into Chichester. The weather was perfect and we had a lovely time. In the evening we finished off with family dinner in a local restaurant (7 of us total) which was really nice. We knew it wasn’t a total goodbye as John’s parents and sister and husband were all going to come up to Highworth a week later to help celebrate my 40th.