I forgot to mention a most invigorating hike we took on Old Winchester Hill. It was a gloomy and windy day but we hiked for about an hour. Just as we finished our hike, the clouds opend up and the sun came out. After the hike, we were treated to a lovely Indian meal of mung saag, chick pea saag and kashmiri rice by Vanessa's friends Sue and Peter.
(Taking in the English countryside.)
From Basingstoke, I went into London to visit with my cousin Faisal, his wife Nusrat and their adorable and wonderful girls Aliyah and Hannah. My aunts Rozina and Shamim joined us girls as we set out to Wembley. This is an area in the northwest of London which is home to some very diverse communities including somewhat of a "Little India." I was spoiled by my aunts and Nusrat and came home with three gorgeous sarees! We also had a delicious Indian/African meal and Faisal and my Noordin Ada were able to join us as well. Here are some shots from Wembley.
(Aliyah and Hannah playing in a saree shop.)
(Mini bangles for kids!)
(Colourful rows upon rows of textiles seen all over Wembley.)
I also saw my first marionette show (outside of that scene in The Sound of Music.) Nusrat took us girls to a show featuring tales from Aesop. This show was special as it took place on a boat!
(Outside the theatre.)
(Inside the theatre.)
We had a terrific time at the theatre and I headed back to Basingstoke to spend my last two days with Aneez and Vanessa. On one of those days, Aneez and I made a quick pit stop to Stonehenge on our way to explore the town of Salisbury. We'd been there in the fall so we mostly navigated around the throngs of students on Easter break and took silly pictures including this one:
All in all, I had the perfect vacation and was lucky to come home to beautiful spring weather in Toronto!