This last year has been well documented by me, but I will post a few photos here too!
As is the way, there has been highs (many) and lows (few), but that is life. How we cope with the lows is the important thing, with support of family and friends.
Reading through my blogs for this year has brought many a smile to my face and I hope that 2018 has as many wonderful moments!
There are three weddings to attend: Kevin is starting to feel all aquiver with the thought of outfits, shoes etc ( for me 😉). Exciting times!
Parkrun will continue as I try to improve my fitness and health.
Perhaps 2018 should have more spontaneity and less planned things, we shall see….
Andrew and Lis are over in April, and that will provide early celebrations for 30th (Andrew) and 60th (Kevin) birthdays 🎂
I wish everyone a great New Year full of what makes you happy, today, tomorrow, forever xxx
Today we went into the city to have on last amble round, Colin went off gift shopping, whilst Kevin and I browsed.
Kevin, unusually bought something, a tie, whilst I bought gifts for my friend’s, Debbie, new grandsons, born the day previously.
It is so strange to see the Christmas decorations around whilst walking in this heat.
I did visit a nail salon as I have ‘lost’ 3 nails!
We all met for lunch and went to Jimmy’s on the Mall, which coincidentally was where we saw Jonny Bairstow the other evening. We enjoyed a lovely late lunch/early dinner whilst watching the cricket!
Opposite the restaurant there was a bridal shop, and also another shop name that reminded me of recent events!
Once back at the apartment we got ready for the evening’s sojourn at the Suncorp Stadium.
We had high hopes for a real contest, but Australia were just too good. Fiji had chances, but could rarely punch a hole in the defence, and were obviously tired out from all the defending they had to do.
Great that their supporters were so vociferous!
A slow walk back to Roma Street and then home. An usually ‘late’ night for us!
Next up was our journey to Brisbane. We had breakfast at the apartment, had a drive round the 🌴 one last time, soaked up the views, the memories and said our goodbyes. We had emergency exit seats on the plane, so more leg room!
The flight with Virgin Australia was short and sweet and we picked up our luggage and made our way to the taxi pick up. We said our goodbyes to Nina and Jay, and I can’t lie, wiped away a tear or two. They had an eight hour wait for their flight to HK.
A short taxi ride and we were at the Annexe Apartments our home for the next 5 days. It has all we need, but not a patch on where we came from, but we are here for a different experience.
We noticed that the Rugby League World Cup semis were on Friday and Saturday-we are occupied at the Gabba on Saturday, so we opted to buy tickets for Friday. The Suncorp stadium is only a couple of miles from where we are staying. So that is two sporting clashes to attend 🤗
We wondered around in the twilight to find the supermarket but no joy, so ended up at the BP garage fie a couple of ready meals 😞but came across these
😂 has to send this to Andrew and Jay!
Hopefully we can do better today!
After a night in a warm room we were woken at 8:32 this morning. This left little time for showers etc and as it was miserable outside, we made our way to breakfast, which was again, very good!
A meander through the streets of Bakewell meant buying cheese, beer and treats for home!
We returned to the hotel, packed and we were on our way.
The scenery we have seen on this trip has been so beautiful to behold, even in ☔️. There are so many more places to see, we have just skirted round and through them!
Our final stop just had to be a cake shop, Patisserie Valerie, at Cambridge services. One last hurrah for us both. Satiated, we carried on and Debbie dropped me off at home at 980 miles from when the journey began.
Joe was just leaving as we arrived, but a window tap and bibib attracted his attention to turn round. Hugs all round then Debbie left to get home too.
I unpacked, watered the garden and took some photos
This last week has been so good,so good,so good (sweet Caroline), I’ve been inclined …. to drink too much, eat far too much, and laugh (you can never laugh too much!). I am blessed with great family and friends and I am lucky to have the opportunity to do things like this, and the means too.
Wonderful memories made and also a wanderlust to visit more of our beautiful ‘green and pleasant land’
The ultimate goal of our road trip was to attend the Final today at Murrayfield, and so it was, Saracens v Clermont Auvergne.
I even purchased a rugby top for the occasion!
The weather forecast was poor and we left North Berwick on foot to catch the train to Edinburgh Haymarket. Drizzle became quite heavy rain, the first for 6 weeks.
We decided to have lunch at a favourite of ours Omar Khayyam and it didn’t disappoint.
Whilst eating the cloud broke and blue sky was seen! A walk to the stadium ensued where we met a variety of fans along the way. There were the French, Irish, Scots and English. I have always thought of Rugby fans as more convivial than football but today that perception was shaken.
Match underway and it swung from looking tight, to a Sarries romp, then back again. There was very flowery language from a particular young lady behind us and I can’t quite get my head round why people pay so much to be rude about other teams and just not enjoy the spectacle. A possible red card was discounted and some missed kicks and all square again. Just before half time though, a full cup of beer ‘fell’ from above onto primarily a Warriors fan, the lady was drenched, and other people beside and in fronted her too. Very poor show!
The second half had a few thrills and spills and a nervy time led to final whistle on a Saracen win 17-28! Hugs all round amongst the staunch fans at another final.
We watched the presentations and commiserated with Clermont and their fans. We then took our leave to return home, and to celebrate with tea and biscuits!!
Tomorrow we pack again and make our way to Bakewell as we approach the final leg of our journey!
We travelled 102 miles to Harrogate and didn’t have to travel very far for breakfast. Just along the road we found Hoxton North: modern with a great vibe and fab food
Breakfast demolished we checked out, took a cheeky photo by a flash car, then we were off to Alnwick. Playlist was very 60’s, 70’s with the Beatles featuring. So many memories, emotion never far from brimming over, but joyous too.
Alnwick Gardens were bathed in sunshine and we took advantage of as many photo opportunities as possible. The poison garden tour was well worth it, interesting and informative ( maniacal cackle, whilst rubbing hands)
A cuppa and cake was now needed, and we had some company!
We continued round the gardens and made our way to the treehouses.
Such a lovely place and the third visit in eight months!
Seahouses, not to see houses, but a fishing village on the coast. Not quite as expected but a bracing walk to the harbour certainly built up our appetite for fish and chips.
Replete, we walked back to ugiebrae where we are staying tonight. Comfortable twin room, with all required accoutrements!
The pleasure of beautiful surroundings, sunshine, and laughter is infinitesimal.
Tomorrow and the delights of Bamburgh, North Berwick and Murrayfield beckons 🏆🤗💕
Tomorrow my friend Debbie and I embark on a road trip culminating in two rugby cup finals on Friday and Saturday, and I am so 😊
The trip came about after last year’s finals in France. I watched from afar as debbie posted of her travels etc, so we decided to do the trip, stopping off at a few places along the way.
Hopefully via a variety of mediums we will update on where we are and what we do.
It is unchartered territory to spend 8 days in each other’s company. I’ve been given strict instructions to switch my phone to silent at night so I will acquiesce.
It will be strange not seeing my family for over a week, but we have a great playlist or 5 ready, there will be laughter a plenty and no doubt new friends made.
One more sleep-I can’t wait🤗🤗🤗👏🏻👏🏻🏆