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Monday, March 9, 2009

Framlingham Castle

The day we went to Framlingham Castle did not start off well. I was driving the Jeep with my handy dandy GPS and The Man was following in the Fiat with my dad as the "spotter/navigator". OK for this to make sense I need to draw a diagram...hold please.

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Not 5 min after we began our journey we got to the 5 Way. It is a large roundabout with 5 exits. It strikes fear into most of the American's hearts around here. Not me. I have been to this rodeo more than once in my quests. The GPS told me to take the 5th exit. I checked my mirrors, made sure he was behind me and entered the roundabout. As I got into the round about I counted the exits, took the 5th exit, checked my mirror and saw he was not behind me. He had taken the 4th exit. SHIT! Look for mobile phone. No phone. Left it at the house. SHIT! I drove up the road about a mile. Look there is a phone booth! Well at this point I was so pissed off at his driving and my dad's navigation skills that I litterally could NOT remember his mobile number. What to do? Well surely they will just go back to the house when they realize that I am not on that road and I don't have my phone. We will just go back to the house and try this again. I proceeded th unleash a tirade of cussing all the way back to the house.

I got back to the house and located my phone. Dial The Man. My father answers the phone.

"Where are ya'll?"
"Oh we are just getting to Bury"
"WHAT? Why didn't you guys turn around? You don't have a GPS. How are you guys going to get to the castle without directions?"
"Well I did study the map lastnight. I think we'll be OK. Meet you at the castle."
"Whatever (note this is the whatever that means I hope you wander all over Suffolk get lost and have a really fun day of seeing nothing but the countryside and no castle)"

After I got off the phone I got back into the car hell bent on seeing a frickin castle that day. Well we arrived at the castle about 5 minutes after my dad and The Man did. They, unlike most men, did stop and ask for directions. And although I had wished a day of fruitless wandering on them, I was glad to see that they had made it. Plus they had LaLa in the car with them and it wouldn't have been cool if she had missed the castle.

According to The Man (and I don't believe this for one second) by the time they had got into the 5 way they had lost sight of me and just took the exit that they knew went semi towards the direction that they needed to go. I mean, how to you lose a LARGE, ORANGE, SUV? We did see the castle at Framlingham. It was lovely.

View from just inside the castle gates

Mom coming up the stairs to the castle wall

On top of the castle wall

The Girls on top of the castle walls

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The view of the countryside

After the 5 ways debacle, it was a great day. We had a really good time. The girls had a great time running around the lawn inside the castle gates. I got to enjoy the scenery and The Man got his history fix. The drive home, thankfully, was much less eventful.


SweetPeaSurry said...

Awww so glad the day turned out well for ya!! That castle is divine!

Wendy said...

Looks extremely beautiful. All's well that ends well, I guess.

Lola said...

That's men for ya! My husband can't even follow the GPS directions. He turns left immediately, because he doesn't listen to the "turn left in 1.2 miles" part. Must be because it's a woman's voice telling him what to do...

Cool castle!

Cammie said...

those pictures are beautiful!

Joanie said...

I love all the pictures you post of England!
Doesn't driving on the wrong, I mean left side of the road scare you?

Cameron said...

Very cool....can't see that kind of stuff here in the states.

Mama Dawg said...

How frickin' awesome is that!

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

Well, after the adventure in the beginning, it sounds like it was a great day!

Anonymous said...

M is one of those guys that never asks for directions, which is why we're getting a GPS.
Love the pictures!

Myshka said...

Honey, I feel your pain. I'm just now taking driving lessons to drive on the wrong side of the road. Here's hoping I don't end up in Siberia. x

Captain Dumbass said...

Men are born with a built in compass. Not its only function, but a handy addition.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Ha! Captain's comment on the compass. I always claim John's compass is forever pointed North. Whenever he is not sure of the directions, he just turns North and somehow finds his way out of the mess!

Everyday Goddess said...

Glad you all got to the castle because it looks awesome!

Jen said...

man oh man what an adventure!

Anonymous said...

It's so amazing all the sights you are seeing!

And you didn't say you had an ORANGE car?!?!

for a different kind of girl said...

So, so beautiful! I'd love to see everything over there one day, but I am pretty sure I'd never get over my roundabout fears!

Anonymous said...

amazing sites!!!
Nice to see I am not the only one with issues with the "Bitch in a BOx"

Badass Geek said...

Whenever my wife uses the GPS when I'm not there, she says it gets her lost. I think it's because it doesn't point and tell her "Go that way", like she does when giving me directions.

ChurchPunkMom said...

America needs castles.

not fair.

Anonymous said...

You need to head towards Birmingham for a trip around spaghetti junction. You'll just love it!

Can I ask how you are pronouncing 'Bury'? are you saying
Burry or Berry? There is another Bury (without a St Edmunds tagged on to the end) that MUST be pronounced BURRY or you could get sent packing back down south.