I've been trying to convince my second cousin Sara and her husband Tom to come and visit us ever since we both got married way back in 2001. They have a farm so it's pretty tricky to get time off, though it is easier in the winter.
So I was thrilled when they came and brought their six kids with them. Elizabeth was over the moon happy to have so many visitors, even if she did have to give up her room temporarily!
I had warned them that the canal couldn't possibly still be open - but it was! We went on the very last day of the season for a marvellous skate!
Hopefully it doesn't take them another dozen years to come back for the next visit ;)