On Sunday we drove to Bristol to our niece's new home, to surprise Kevin's sister on the eve of a momentous birthday.
I'd been nearby, actually having lunch at the above pub earlier this year, and after a very early start we arrived before the birthday girl.
Viv was suitably surprised and pleased at the gathering of family in the garden.
There were bubbles and beer, lots of chatter, laughter, (thank you Lizzie),and also talk of the family wedding in 2018. Victoria asked Georgina to be one of her bridesmaids, which meant tears of happiness.
Andy and Victoria's neighbour enjoys taking a photo or two, so he popped round and these are a fantastic reminder of the day.
Viv retired from work on the Thursday and her and Don have some great plans to bring to fruition, plus time to spend with the beautiful Bella.
Viv isn't one to speak at occasions, usually beavering away, but today she did, briefly. She thanked people for coming, and then the tears started. She continued and thanked Don in his support of her retiring early: it was so touching. Viv has a serenity about her and it is obvious that she is loved and cherished by all who know her.
I wish Viv a long, healthy and happy retirement, to enjoy the times ahead, and the memories to be made! (And that I can follow suit as soon as possible😉)
The reason behind our trip was the cricket match today, and we awoke to get skies and drizzle.
Breakfast and getting ready took precedence and the drizzle became heavy showers 😞
As we wiped away 40 minutes a break in the clouds, and the rain stopped so we walked to Cardiff bay station.
We had a lovely walk to Sophia gardens, but on arrival found we were 2 1/2 hours early!
Once in the SWALEC ground we had a tea and chatted to other spectators.
AB de Villiers won the toss and England into bat. Behind where we were sitting I spied Mike Phillips, a Welsh rugby player, and had to take a cheeky snap
England batted well, with Dawid Malan hitting an impressive 78 on his debut. They got 181 runs from their 20 overs, so a chase was on.
Very few would know all of the players on both sides, but we were treated to a feisty display both with bat and in the field. SA lost the key wicket of AB de Villiers and SA were 19 runs short. England won the series 2-1.
We stayed for the celebrations and presentations.
We had failed to find the time of the last train to Cardiff Bay, so went for a bus, but had to call a taxi in the end.
We picked up a bottle of fizz, some pasta and cheesecake and enjoyed a mini feast.it has been another lovely sojourn with laughter, nature and sport.
When’s the next one? ☺️😎
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’
After a night’s rest, we breakfasted, packed and were on our way. Yesterday we completed 86 miles and today’s destination was Lincoln(hence the biscuit reference!)
We stopped at the American Cemetery, rows and rows of marble crosses and stars for loss of life. Time to reflect, time to remember and just time to be.
It started to rain so we headed inside and it was beautiful.
We owe so much to those and although sombre it was worthwhile to visit.
Onwards to Lincoln, and a stop at Stamford. What a delightful town: full of quaint shops, bridges and some great photo opportunities. We live on a beautiful island!
Next up Lincoln and we enjoyed the many views of the cathedral as we tried to find somewhere to park . A walk up steep hill😱😱, a wonder round the cathedral. Just so beautiful, the stained glass, the ornate carvings and the feeling of serenity breathtaking.
Dinner was at cafe zoot, a recommendation, and didn’t disappoint. Liver parfait, Brie, lamb and beef suet pie was delicious. Creme brûlée was dessert and I washed mine down with prosecco.
The walk back down steep hill was eventful. Debbie laughed till she cried, I held on to walls,railings, anything. I have never been happier to see drainpipes!
Now happily ensconced in our b&b we are tired but have had another great day!
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🤗🤗🤗👏🏻👏🏻🏆