The Adventures of Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley arrived on Friday 6 December 2002. As it happens,
this was a fortunate coincidence....
Whew! I have finally
arrived at your uncle Greg and aunt Penny's house in England. What
a trip! It was a great idea to put me in that envelope and mail
me to England rather than buying me an airplane ticket but boy it
was a long time to be stuck in that envelope - two weeks! Still,
fortunately your uncle opened the envelope very carefully and I
wasn't hurt at all.
This was a great day
to arrive because when Greg got home from work and opened the mail
to find me, he told me that we were going out to dinner - not just
because I had arrived from America but because Penny's company,
SeamStress, was celebrating their annual sales figures. I guess
you probably know that she makes play parachutes for games and things.
I learned a lot about the business - you can too if you go to her
web site at www.playchutes.com
Well, we went out to
dinner at a pub which also has a small restaurant in a village about
eight miles away from here called Sulgrave. The pub was called the
Star Inn and it was very nice and the people were really friendly,
particularly when they learned I had come from America and had only
just arrived that day.
|As it happens, Sulgrave
is the ancestral home of George Washington! Yep! I'm not kidding you.
It used to be the Washington family home for many, many years and
then, after the English Civil War in the 1640s George Washington's
great-grandfather (I think) went to America. Anyway, you can find
out more about it if you want to at www.stratford.co.uk/sulgrave/
You know what else I
found out? As you know, now there are 50 stars on the flag but in
the first place there were only 13, for the original 13 colonies.
Well, they decided to use the star because it features in the Washington
family crest! You will have noticed that the name of the pub we
went to was called the Star!
I have attached some
photographs so you can see how much fun I had. The first one is
of me at the pub. Greg bought me a pint of local ale which, as you
can see, I have just started to taste. The second photo is of me
reading the menu - the meal was great! I had Salmon Rilette followed
by sirloin of venison which was raised on the Queen's estate at
Balmoral. Then, for pudding (they say pudding here instead of dessert)
I had a hot chocolate fudge brownie with ice cream. It was delicious!
|The third photo is of
me at the end of the evening. I was really tired (and I probably had
a bit too much English ale to drink) so I had a little nap while Greg
and Penny and the rest were finishing their meal. It was a terrific
Today, Saturday, we have
another treat! Apparently we are going up to London to visit the
National Portrait Gallery and then to another meal out and then
finally to a play.
Oh, I almost forgot.
Your uncle Greg has set me up with my own e-mail account so you
can e-mail me if you have the time - I would love to hear from you.
After all, I haven't seen you for about two weeks! The e-mail address
Well, I guess that's
about it for today. I will try and write again and tell you all
about my trip to London.
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