Family time in Southend-on-Sea
Day 201 – Day 210
On day 200 we had a sad farewell and yelled ‘au revoir’ out the window, this was Autumn’s idea and Mick and Avril laughed as they waved us off.
We were heading to Southend-on-Sea to stay a night with my Aunt and Uncle. I haven’t seen them for 18 years, when I came over and stayed with them before my holiday to Europe. Well as it happens our one night stay turned into 9 nights stay and again we had a great time.
What’s in Southend-on-Sea?
Longest pleasure pier in the world. We made the walk out and caught the train back, it is 1.34 miles which is about 2.15 kilometres. The wind blew hard but it was a pleasant trip out and back.
Adventure Island – kids fun park right on the waterfront. We took the girls over after 6pm because it was half price tickets and they had the best time.
Amusements parks and childrens gaming rooms. There is even an historical amusement park called the Kursaal, which was the biggest of its kind in its hey day in the early 20th Century.
Lots of ‘chippys’ along the waterfront and under the road in small arches, each getting smaller and smaller as the road reached its end.
Prittlewell Park – a pretty garden park with a play area and bandstand.
There is a slow pace in Southend but still so much to do but the best time for us was eating food cooked by Uncle Eddie and the hospitality of Aunt Jennifer. It was incredible Egyptian food nearly every night cooked up in a flash and the girls were spoiled everyday by Jennifer. They were relaxed and smiling the entire time. Of course I had the chance to show Ed and Jennifer my family and reminisce about my last visit, which I enjoyed immensely.
Each day we were driven around siteseeing and it was sunny nearly everyday. It only rained on the last few days but it was still warm, much different from my last visit being in November.
One of our favourites was this tiny little historical town called Leigh. It was a small fishing village West of Southend-on-Sea. It attracts big crowds on sunny days because of the many pubs and large beer gardens.
When we were there they had a duck race down the creek, the yellow ducks were released and coaxed down the tiny creek by assistants while everyone holding their beers cheered them on.
The tide was out and the sight of boats left stranded in the mud was a strange sad sight, luckily we also saw this area with water and the boats were fine.
Another historical gem, again not far away in a semi-rural farming area called Muggeridge, where there was antique store after antique store and plenty of tiny doored buildings. I never bumped my head once.
When we weren’t touring around we were chatting, the girls were falling into TV commas, not seeing English programs all year does that to kids and eating fantastic food.
We even went to a BBQ at Ed’s sons house and felt like we were back home. The kids jumped on a blow up castle and ran around and we had a few drinks and chatted to new people with funny accents.
Then when we thought the food couldn’t get any better Ed and Jennifer arranged a sprawling Egyptian feast. We were even taught how to layer the meal with the many condiments.
At the heart of this feast was a traditional Egyptian dish called Koshari, or Koshary or Kushari (all pronounced, kushari) which is brown lentils and rice cooked together and topped with a tomato chilli sauce poured to your liking. We then added fried onions and diced potatoes and other condiments. We all loved it.
It was so sad to leave them after they spoiled us rotten and we think we gained 5 kilos each.
We have now racked up over two weeks with family, which has been a blessing for the girls as much as for us. We have also had heaps of sunny weather. Next we are heading off on a driving tour of Great Britain and want to see the Loch Ness Monster…..Winter does anyway, he said he has a new list and wants to see lots of Loch’s and St Andrews golf course, we’ll see….
What should we make sure to see in the North of Great Britain? Tell us and we will try to get there.