The British Invasion…2016 Formula 1 -Day 1

As we all know…”There’s only one Lewis Hamilton!”…

5 Brits, 2 South African’s, 1 half and half Brit/Canadian and and 6 full blooded Canadians…all anticipating an amazing weekend of friends, family and Montreal F1 motor racing.

Our British family arrived this past Tuesday. Ducky, (Bro-In-Law Don…aka “Drooly Man”) and my Sissy, Lea (aka, Pogo Queen) assisted in the airport pickup.  Now I would expect  Rosie to bring a gigantic suitcase and she didn’t let me down…But Connagh?  I think his was larger!  Rob, well he usually only brings his shorts with no pockets  and maybe a backpack with some skivvies..(he needs a handler to take care of all his stuff…the no pocket thing..) has an equally large suitcase. Hence the two large SUV’s to pick them up from the airport.  We had a great sit down welcome home dinner for the tired travelers. This is our nephew, Connagh’s first visit to Canada and our newest addition to the Canadian F1.

Connagh & #1 Grandson, Jordan

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Our little 2 bedroom home has managed to fit all 7 of us.  Our home is known as the “Bread and Fishes house.  Anyone who is remotely religious know the story of the Bread & Fishes. No matter how many people we pack in our modest two bedroom  home, they all seem to fit and the food is plenty.  However,  something that I don’t understand is…why can’t two males sleep in a KING size bed together?  Not father son…nooooo.  Not besties….nooooo.  We women don’t have a problem bunking in together..only issue may be that we talk well into the night.  1 King Size Bed…1 princess (our niece Rosie) 1 pull out couch that managed to handle our 6′ 5” nephew Connagh, and the family room downstairs turned into a “man cave” with 1 queen blow up (thank you Trev & Suz!) and two blow up twin’s.. I had to ensure that I put the pillows on opposite ends of the bed when making up the beds next to one another…You know, the man thing and the snoring…

Our welcome back dinner!

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After a decent nights sleep these 4 decided to go for a man jog.  After their run, I suggested that maybe they wanted to go for a dip in the pool.  It was nice and warm, between 82-84.  The weather took a turn overnight and was a mere 11c!  Jason dipped his fingers in the pool and as his reaction seemed pensive, I just put it down to thin British blood.  They all dove in and when I checked the temp, it was only 77F!!  Yikes!  Mikey had turned down the heater when the weather was turning into Fall instead of Spring…

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We headed out for a round of golf at Riverside.  Great little course despite all the goose poop.  The little goslings made up for it though…so sweet.  I was holding my breath that Rob was determined to get at least 1 birdie..any way he could…lol.We headed out for a round of golf at Riverside.  Great little course despite all the goose poop.  The little goslings made up for it though…so sweet.  I was holding my breath that Rob was determined to get at least 1 birdie..any way he could…lol.

from Left to Right…Mikey, Niki, Robbo, Jason, me and Connagh13346195_10208284108333605_6318486185354516762_o

We held a bbq for all the family and friends to come and visit before we headed to Montreal.  The only part of the outdoors was Mikey bbq’ing…it was way to cold to sit out in the yard.  Crazy weather!

Such a great turnout!  Melissa, Lucas and our little darlings, Abbey, Hannah and Emma – Michelle with our sweeties Jordan and Maddie – Elena and Brian with our Goddaughter, Michelle – Suz and Trev.  (see Bread and Fishes above).  Lots to catch up on and separate conversations going on all around the room.  What can be better than that?

Here’s a picture of the jr. gang…from tallest to smallest…

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We are trying to recruit Suz and Trev for the 2017 F1, so Suz tried on the wig to see if it works!  This wig will surface x 14 for Sunday’s race.  If you watch it, you’ll no doubt see us on the telly.  We are 14 crazy Lewis Hamilton fans.

I think she will fit in just fine!  Now to work on Trev…

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2 bathrooms, 7 showers all packed and ready to set off for Montreal!  And, we (almost) met the 8:am deadline at Glen & Chrissy’s if it weren’t for the construction on Harmony Road!.

For the sake of these next few posts, they will be known as “Turnstyle” and “Spiller Miller”, their F1 handles and yes, there is a story behind each and every F1 nickname. There is “Drooly Man” (Don) and Pogo Queen (Lea), Sh!t song Ralph (Tony), Mudslide (Rosie), Faceplant (Rob) Odd Shoe (Jim), Conga Queen (Janice).  There are still a few of us who have managed to escape the branding!  By the end of the weekend, there will surely be additions!

And we’re off!

Here is our Thursday night’s itinerary:-

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We are 14 serious (insane) fans of #44!thumbs_up

 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

 

We arrived in Montreal around 2 and headed straight to Costco.  8 cases of beer, snacks and water were loaded into our 3 vehicles and the final trek to the residence hotel.

After unpacking, we all met in the common room and the festivities began (see itinerary above)…

The unveiling of the 2016 Montreal Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton shirt!IMG_1959

We spell “It’s Hammertime!” on the front and on the back, Once, Twice, Three X’s A Champion!”  Those of us without nicknames, had them assigned…Wrong Way Wobin is mine and you all know that would describe me perfectly.

and the reveal of the Banner (look for it at the race!)

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loads of fun rehashing all the previous races..and of course there were drinking games…

Here is the ORIGINAL “Casualty Hat”….Orange looks good on you Jim!

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And here is the NEW Casualty Hat! (Guess who won that first?)

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Niki, Rob and Mikey having a good yuk

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Off we went to bed; me with my casualty hat that I hope to turn over to the next casualty really soon!

I’ll leave you with this….

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Life is Good…..

 

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