It was with a bittersweet sense of anticipation that I entered the cinema on Friday night. It was the night that I would end fourteen years of a tradition of going to see the latest Harry Potter film as soon as it comes to the screen. This has involved watching it in Manchester, Newcaste-upon-tyne, an old-fashioned quaint cinema in Bowness (including an intermission) and now in Indianapolis. It was a brilliant ending to this era because it was a great film (apart from the end bit when they had grown up, not so sure on that), popcorn, mammoth drinks (which were refillable), comfy seats, interactive audience (Ron and Hermione’s kiss gained a loud round of applause), a wealth of pre-film adverts and an electric atmosphere. Although this end of an era didn’t have the smoothest of beginnings. We arrived a bit later than planned, no seats of twos together apart from, yes you’ve guessed it, on the front row right on the left. Nothing screams nausea like looking up at a ginormous, flourescent screen with blurred figures leaping across it. Within a few minutes I thought I might be sick and wished I had some anti-sickness tablets on me. We decided to leave and Luke kindly took me to the later one. Thankfully we got there early and got great seats at the back where we could actually see the images on the screen without feeling nauseous. Although, when we saw the snake scenes that feeling crept back.
After a late night watching Harry Potter we had a relaxed Saturday, which included sitting on the balcony and listening the music coming from the Indianapolis Black Expo Festival. In the evening we were going out with the expats. This ended up with having drinks in Dans flat, and in true British style, we stayed talking until it was too late to go out. We had a lovely time getting to know everyone better and planing a road trip adventure for Sunday. Dan decided to go with a ‘team theme’. The three boys were the ‘roof team’ (they were welcome to it). I was the ‘breakfast making team’ (typical) and Roanne was in the team of needing to catch up on sleep. With the teams organised we went to bed, after a few drinks, with the aim of getting up early. It may have been an optomistic aim but we all managed to agree on 8:30 to meet and have breakfast. This meant I got up earlier to make sure everything was alright and to try to tackle making french toast. Ah! I ended up making an interesting version of ‘Lucy’s English toast’ instead. It seemed to go ok,I think. Luckily I had my Pumpkin bread as a back up. Phew, unintentional forward planning saved the brunch.
We drove for over an hour to Turkey Run Park. This involved a lot of wind blowing through the car as we had no roof on. It was lovely in the near 100 farenheit! We passed a few idyllic looking old-fashioned towns, farms and lots of corn rows.
Turkey Run Park is massive and there is a variety of things to do. There is a swimming pool, walking trails, picnic shelters and it was bustling. There were even a few covered bridges! We decided to go off to the place where we could fish. We had a lovely BBQ, after we had a quick chat with the rangers and once it was alight. This was after lots of lighter fluid and puzzlement as it wasn’t catching. A few people nearly caught fire, but no fish did as the boys were not too successful. Although later on they nearly caught one, albeit a slightly dead one.
We, soggily, retreated back to ‘Team Jeep’ and ‘Team Dan’s Car’.
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