William McIntosh Grant + Nottingham!!

Hey y’all,

So the most exciting thing that happened this past week was that I became an aunt and Doug became an uncle!!!  Our nephew, William McIntosh Grant, was born on Wednesday, April 18th.  His parents are my brother, Ryan, and his wife, Michelle.  See them all in the picture below!  Everybody is healthy and doing great!!

Michelle, Ryan, and William

William McIntosh is just the cutest little guy ever!!  I’ve got to see him on video chat, and plenty of pictures, but I can’t wait to meet him in person.  We will be headed back to the states probably this summer or fall for the baptism and I will finally get to hold him in my arms!!  I just can’t wait!!

Isn't he precious?

Also this week, we got to see our friend B-mac who was over here for a work trip.  B-mac just recently got engaged, so best wishes to him!!  We originally met B-mac through softball, so since we couldn’t play softball over here, we did the next best thing: bowling.  Here we are having some champagne at the bowling alley… never thought that I would have champagne while bowling!

Champagne toast

This weekend we didn’t go on any crazy trips, but we did do some fun activities.  On Friday night, we went to an event held by the International Society which was a tour and dinner at a local brewery called Derventio.  To be completely honest, the tour was not that great, and the food was pretty gross as well.  The brewery seemed like it was in a frat basement, and everything was damp, cold, and sticky.  Plus, the beer was sitting in these big tubs that seemed to be flaking off crust.  It did not make me want to drink the beer that’s for sure!  However, since it was an open bar, I still enjoyed a couple pints.  Here is a picture of us with Jeff and his wife, Sarah.

Derventio Brewery

Saturday we had a full day of errands, and the Rolls-Royce Tennis Club also had their “opening drive.”  I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but I showed up and it seemed to be a sort of social hit around.  Of course, it was raining off and on, as the weather here usually is, so the turnout wasn’t that great.  Oh well, it was nice to meet some other tennis players and hopefully we will have better weather next time.  I’m also in a couple tennis leagues that will start up in May.  And the best part about the Rolls-Royce tennis club is that they have grass courts!  I’ve never played on grass before, so I’m really looking forward to that!

On Sunday, we headed to Nottingham because it is only a 30 minute drive away and we hadn’t truly been there yet (only to the IKEA).  Since Monday was St. George’s Day (not sure what that means, but some celebration day in the UK), Nottingham was having all sorts of medieval events.  We were hoping to see some fights between some armored guys, but alas we must not have gone at the right time.  All we saw were jesters playing with little kids.

Medieval festival...

To be fair, I think most of the cool medieval events happened on Saturday, so Sunday was not the ideal day to go.  We also ate lunch at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub, which is the oldest pub in England!  The pub was built into a hill and some of the rooms are caves, which was really cool.  The ale and food was tasty, too!  I definitely recommend stopping by there if you are in Nottingham.

Oldest pub in England

We also checked out Nottingham Castle, where we met Robin Hood and Maid Marian.  Robin Hood is from Nottingham, and Sherwood Forest is nearby.

Me, Doug, and Fritz with Robin Hood and Maid Marian

Also, here is the official statue of Robin Hood.

Robin Hood

Nottingham Castle had a museum inside, but it was not that interesting.  I guess it is more of an art museum than a history museum.  They have rotating exhibits, and the exhibit that was displayed while we were there was all about Chinese silk.  Sorry, no pictures were allowed, so here is one of the outside of the castle.  Oh yes, I forgot to mention that we got free entry to the museum because of St. George’s day!  Thank you St. George!

Nottingham Castle

There are some caves that go under the castle, which sounds like it would have been cooler than the actual museum.  Unfortunately, there were no tours at the time we were there.  At least we got to drink in a cave at the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub!




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