Okay, so there was a slight miscalculation with the estimated length of journey from Bermondsey to Pembroke dock...we left at 05.30hrs, assuming a couple of stops along the way, ETA 13.00hrs. In fact, we had the stops and still got to Pembroke by 11.30. There may have been some resentment expressed about the ungodly hour BM required everyone to get up and out but hey - we were first in line in the boarding queue!
We are in the (less than) sunny south-east. It rained 3 times on the way from Rosslare. The countryside looks suspiciously green and lush. People are nevertheless defiantly wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops...under raincoats.
Second contingent from the north-west arrive later today. On the scale of excitement and anticipation, kids are set to 'dangerously high'. Further reports to follow, energy and wi-fi permitting.