On Saturday we caught the train to Poole, where we met up with Richard's dad, sister Anne, nephew Ben, Uncle Hug , Aunt Alyson, cousin Catherine and Grandad Norman, all of whom live in Poole or were visiting. Many Garnishes were in evidence.
Richard's dad seems to be okay - obviously, still upset, but not noticeably falling apart or failing to cope, which is good. We took Wicket down to see him, and he was amused to discover that he (along with most of the other males in Richard's family) is in fact a wuzzie.
After doing family duty, we went to Splashdown, a very cool water park not too far from where Uncle Hug lives. My favourite of the flumes there is the Torpedo Run (which I always call the Tornado Run for some reason), but the Black Thunder is fun too. Then we ate pizza and got the train home again, getting in at something like 1am.
We slept lots that night, and got up again about 3pm on Sunday. Tim and Peter came round with their PS2 (that's a Playstation 2, not an old IBM - for all you pedants, note that I said "PS2" not "PS/2") and we rented Fantavision and Kuri Kuri Mix. The latter game is quite bizarre, even by the standards of other strange Japanese games that we've played before. One of the characters wears a tulip on his head, "as a sign of his great courage". Peter said that he wanted a tulip on his head too. We decided this was a sign of him being Dutch.
Anyway, Tim and Peter decided that as we'd gone to the trouble of renting some PS2 games, we should be allowed to keep the PS2 for a couple of days so that we could play them. So we now have a PS2 in our front room. Oh damn, how _will_ we cope? :)
 Uncle Hug's real name is Michael. Apparently what happened is that when one of his niblings was young, zie couldn't say "Michael". His middle name is Hugh, and somehow this became "Hug". I just think that "Uncle Hug" is a very cool name, and I am going to refer to him by this name until such time as he tells me to stop doing so.