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Chicago 2018 – Day Sixteen

The countdown is on for us leaving after an enjoyable but relaxing time here in Chicago with my cousin Julie & her family. But we still have a couple of days left 🙂

Today the weather was cooler again, but we can’t complain about the weather as we have been blessed with some very good late summer sun.

I was up early doors today to see a dismal performance by United at West Ham by losing 3-1. West Ham played well but United packed energy, leadership (on & off the pitch), creativity but most of all the desire to win. Mourinho looks a beaten man & lacking the skills to get what is needed out of his players. The players look like they don’t care of even have the ambition to turn things around & prove to the fans that they are worth the millions they get paid to play for our club. The board appear oblivious to the problems on the pitch as the club do so well off the pitch with the financials. It’s not just one element to the club that is failing it appears to be most of it. They have lost the values that have been built up over the last 100+ years. the board are making chaotic decisions that are detrimental to the heartbeat of the club. major changes are required fast to correct the wrong that has happened since Fergie stepped down.

Julie was up early too & sat with me keeping an eye on the game while she chatted to her mum back home in the UK. It won’t be long before she too comes out to the States though to see Julie, Chris & Elle.

Once the game finished Julie & I finished off the gardening we had started while Mrs C packed up the outdoor furniture ready for the winter season. As soon as we were out of the garden the squirrels, Chipmunks & birds were digging away in the compost we had moved looking for anything tasty.

At Lunchtime Mrs C & I walked into Lisle to see the French Market, sadly it was only a couple of stalls selling local produce & not quite what we had expected. So we walked into Lisle village & stopped off at an Italian crepe house for a quick bite to eat. Homemade canoli filled crepe  for me, delicious.

In the evening we took Julie out for dinner at NWB (Next Whiskey Bar) to say thank you for having us. Beer battered cheese curds as a sharing platter to start, Shrimp for Julie, Sliders for Mrs C & I had a Shrimp sandwich. Similar to a fishfinger butty & very tasty. All washed down with a couple of wines for Julie, Baileys for Mrs C & beers for me.

As we started to walk home we were not with a couple of spots of rain.

Then just chilled with Elle when she got home from the barn.

Chicago 2018 – Day Thirteen

It’s my birthday & we have nothing planned today except for lunch with Julie & then a few beers in Lisle with Mrs C.

After yesterday’s storm the air was spot cooler outside but still sunny.

We had a last morning opening birthday cards & reading the kind birthday wishes that had been posted on Facebook.

We managed a quick catch-up with mum & dad, Drew, Josh, Sam, Harry, Nancy, Matt, Warren & Dawn. We missed Lewis as he was working.

At lunchtime Elle kindly drove all four of us to Cooper’s Hawk restaurant & winery, wow very nice indeed.

We all elected to have the lunch size entree’s menu. Elle had the salad & it was big enough for the four of us to eat! Mrs C & Julie had the CHICKEN MADEIRA & I had the COOPER’S HAWK CHICKEN GIARDINIERA. We all had wine except for Elle. Julie had white, Mrs C had Sparkling Rosé & I had Cooper’s Hawk Red. Elle & Mrs C shared a S’MORE BUDINO for desert.

The afternoon was a chilled one with us all sat in the house relaxing. Chris passed through & wished me happy birthday too.

In the evening Mrs C & I headed into Lisle for a couple of drinks, first stop was Evviva bar & grill by Lisle rail station. A busy bar with very casual fittings & a welcoming atmosphere. We had a couple of drinks here before moving on to Lisle Whiskey Bar called NWB. A very trendy smart loaction. We shared the sliders here which were 3 small burger buns, 2 were pulled pork & 1 was a traditional burger – excellent. We had another couple of drinks & I even managed to sneak in a glass of John Drew Rye Whiskey, my first time of trying a Rye a whiskey & it was very nice. Elle kindly picked us up & took us home. Elle also bought me 2 packs of Werther’s toffee – thank you my dear x.

We also managed to speak with Lewis after his work.

Now time for bed.

Chicago 2018 – Day Three

Another glorious day to wake up to, the sun is out shinning and its Sunday morning.

Coffee and toast for breakfast on the rear porch just watching the wildlife. This morning we’ve seen the squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, woodpecker,a pair of hummingbirds and a red tailed hawk all in Julie’s rear garden.

Even though it was getting warmer Mrs C and I walked over the road to watch the local kids games play football (soccer if you’re from the US). The parents were not like the pushy UK parents and were all sat nicely on their folding chairs with the sun canopies. Strange to see was the adults in long jeans and tops even though it was hot and sunny! Mrs C was the villain in the game as the ball went out of play and she kicked it back on to the pitch only to miss the kid coming to collect it for a quick throw in! Dirty looks from the dads ? after the game we went for a short walk through the park.

After lunch Julie and Mrs C went shopping while I went for a massage on my bad shoulder. Worth spending the money as some of the knots were worked out. Thanks Julie for letting me have your slot.

Then back to Julie’s for a chill with some beers and a BBQ before helping Julie dismantle her compost bin. Wow still at 18:00 it was in the 80’s

Now just relaxing taking with Julie, Elle & Mrs C