Day 1: Wow…..What a fantastic surprise 3 day visit by my Brother Paul! 😀
The Intricate Plan…..
I really had no idea that Ben(Brother in Christ) and Sarah(my lovely Wife) had planned this visit by my Brother Paul since November!!
“Paul had bariatric surgery(Sleeve gastrectomy) a year ago after spending 4 weeks in hospital and has progressed so much, he spent most of the past 5 years housebound and is starting to rebuild his life. i’m really proud of him. He has lost around 24 stone(150kg) since the start of this gruelling fight. And for his first trip out of Derby, he wanted to come and see Epsom. I’m so pleased he did as i can only imagine how much of a big deal this is for him!”
The Almost Upset…..
Ben had organised to meet me at my fave restaurant “Sicily” at 2pm, and as i got into town early i decided to take a detour and get more steps towards my Fitbit daily step goal. Little did i know my Brother was standing outside the train station waiting for Ben to pick him up to surprise me at Sicily. 😀
Paul said “I was standing outside the station just looking around, and suddenly he saw me walking up the other side of the road” “No way, what’s he doing here?….He’s not going to cross over as he is on his way to Sicily” Then just as he said it i was crossing the road towards him. He knows i can’t see enough to recognise anyone even if they are stood next to me. But he panicked and hid behind the nearest object and took a photo as he thought i’d figured out his plan, lol. 😀
⬆ Me on the phone to Sarah, crossing the road while Paul takes a stealth photo! ⬆
The Surprise Meet…..
As i arrived at Sicily i received the usual warm welcome from Grace and was seated at the table. I was thinking through some Bible verses as i expected a deep theological discussion on doctrines etc…..But as Ben arrived he was with his Wife Rosie and son Raffy. I was just getting up to move to a larger table when a FaceTime call came in from my brother Paul!
I usually switch to the back camera(as i can’t see the screen anyway) and try and show Paul around my current location and as i was in Sicily i thought he’d like to have a look. I first pointed it at Raffy and he was giggling into the camera. Then i wanted him to meet Grace and as i was about to point my phone at her…..”ey up bro” I heard in my right ear, i turned and there was my brother Paul standing right next to me!! 😀
After what seemed like minutes, my mind was just racing “How did he get here? Derby is over 150 miles away! I thought trains were too much for him right now? Did Ben pick him up? How is this possible?” i finally gave up and gave him a huge hug, i was stunned! Mission Accomplished Bro! 😀
We had a great time catching up on his adventure over a fantastic meal. 😀
Day 2: Epsom, Boyce Avenue & Celebration BBQ @ “Bens’ Burgers”…..
We first met Paul in town as we wanted to show him around Epsom, we knew this wouldn’t take long as it’s only a small town, lol. Paul bought a souvenir in the shape of a Raiders cap and we had a great time exploring Epsom.
Boyce Avenue are Paul’s favourite band. Their music has helped him through a lot of dark times. So when he said he’d love to see them in concert and mentioned they were playing at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2017, i just had to book tickets for Paul, Me & Sarah! 😀
Since i knew he like them, and he loves singing…..i’d learnt a few songs on guitar so that if i was ever in the same room as Paul with my guitar, it would be fantastic to play together. And since we’d finished in town and was back home…..That time was now. lol And after this very special moment which i’ll always remember, it was time for Ben to pick us up
Ben not only prepared the food, cooked the food…..He even picked us up and drove us to his home! Thank you so much Ben! 😀
Ben went all out for this celebration and cooked Steak, Chicken burger, Lamb Kofte & a lovely salad. Wow Thanks again Ben! 😀
⬆ Paul & Vini ⬆
⬆ Vini & Raffy playing football with ice-creams. ⬆
⬆ Luzia showing her skills and having lots of fun with Raffy! ⬆
⬆ Bens Wife Rosie with son Raffy ⬆
After filling up on all the amazing food, football and chasing Raffy we all headed inside for a rest! 🤣
⬆ From Left: Vini, Me, Raffy & Paul ⬆
From Left: Luzia, Rosie & Sarah ⬆
Football on Epsom Downs…..
Now it was time for Ben to try out his new 7 seater, he had never filled all 7 seats before so here goes!!!!
Yay! We are all in! 🤣
⬆ From Left: Ben, Rosie, Vini, Sarah, Raffy(hidden), Me, Luzia & Paul ⬆
As it was an open field, i had lots of room and could move around with a little more confidence knowing i wouldn’t hit anything, lol.
⬆ Raffy, Me, Paul & Ben ⬆
⬆ Raffy showing Vini some skills ⬆
⬆ Me, Raffy & Paul ⬆
⬆ Me & Raffy ⬆
⬆ Raffy with a crunching challenge! ⬆
Paul was loving the view right across London and could see Wembley Stadium all lit up too! We had a great evening and we were all tired from running around!
Day 3: The Cricketers…..
For a nice farewell, we treated Paul to a beautiful roast dinner at the fantastic Cricketers Inn. What a lovely view for a nice warm roast dinner, and of course it has to have a homemade Yorkshire Pudding! 😀
⬆ The Cricketers(one of my older photos) it wasn’t snowing, lol. ⬆
⬆ Me & Paul outside Epsom Train Station ⬆
Wow…..It was a fantastic few days and i’m so proud of how well Paul is doing. I still can’t believe i’d see him down here so soon! His surprise was overwhelming at times….. And since he arrived home safely…..he’s told me that he’s planned to visit agin in August! Yay! 😀
I hope you enjoyed Pauls visit too? And i’m pleased you got to meet my fantastic Brother!