Friday, September 04, 2009

The Buckley B&B

If you're looking for a cheap place to stay in London, we know some hotels to recommend but the spare bed in Townes's room has been booked up for weeks.

It was great to have Coy Sr. here for two weeks. During visits to Zurich, he has had to fit around our fairly busy lives. Here, the only thing we had to consider was Townes's need for two naps a day. Mr. Coy obligingly adapted to this requirement by taking morning and afternoon naps of his own. Townes loved having his PopPop (the grandpa name bestowed by Claire and Hailey) around and showed his affection by pulling chest hair as often as possible. Together we went to the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods, the British Museum, and the Science Museum (where Mr Coy spent hours reading the details about steam power and airplane engines- it was definitely his sort of place.) We also spent most of our late afternoons in the park out back just watching the birds and dogs. Mr. Coy thinks we may have another Buckley engineer on our hands b/c Townes was fascinated by the wheels on his stroller and the two of them devoted a lot of time to spinning them and talking about the mechanics involved. A weekend trip to the Cotswolds was another highlight. We borrowed a car and drove around small quaint towns and spent the night in the village of Shipton-Under-Wychwood at the Shaven Crown, a hotel that has been in operation for seven hundred years.

The Buckley men:

Yeah, I think PopPop had a good time:

A few hours after waving goodbye to Mr Coy on the Heathrow Express, the Franz family arrived at our door for a five day visit. We had a wonderful time catching up with our friends who relocated from Zurich to Munich a couple of years ago. We also learned a lot about what's to come- Emily showed us how much Townes can learn in a year. She has an impressive range of animal noises and can communicate a ton with one word at a time. Many afternoons were spent at the park again where Emily introduced Townes to the wonder of bubbles and swings.

We're now awaiting our next guests- my parents! They arrive on Sunday morning for a week long stay. I'm super excited and have a long list of things to do with them. In the meantime, we're just laying low for a few days. Townes and I had to fly to Zurich on Wednesday in order to take care of logistical stuff. He did quite well considering the fact that we were definitely on the businessmen's flights- 8am and 7pm. All the suited folks were just looking at us in the airport with a sense of dread that they may have to sit beside us. Perhaps if they had stayed at our B&B and had the chance to see this guy when he wakes up, they wouldn't have minded so much. Come on:


Aunt Sue said...

Thanks for the newsy update! Loved seeing the guys in their sporty caps. Fine looking fellows, indeed.
I know Grandnanney and ____(what will you call Big Cy???) are excited beyond belief. Have a grand time with the Mphs Grands and have a happy birthday while you're at it!!
Aunt Sue

Braden and Anna said...

I absolutely love the photo of the 3 boys! You have to frame that and put it in your house!