Well when you are on the move so constantly it’s sometimes a bit hard to get wi-fi and keep the old blog up to date, but here goes with a bit of a catch up.
Isle of Man – we kicked off our last day in the cold wandering around Ballaglass Glen and taking in the beautiful fresh air and lush greenery. It had been great seeing the TT races but it’s always good to take in some of the local sights too. Unfortunately because of the good old British weather races where delayed and cancelled because the track was too dangerous. After Ballaglass Glen it was off to the cottage of “Waking Ned Divine” Niarbyl-Dalby, which is perched near the waters edge in Cregneash Village. Very picturesque and I do have to admit I was quite taken aback by the beautiful clear sea. Unfortunately because of cloud we didn’t get to see the true beauty of the coastline but what we could see was amazing, green rolling hills – picture perfect really (apart from the low lying cloud obviously!) All things of course must come to an end at some point so it was off the the airport to say farewells – yes ends in tears always does! But alas once more we were on our way and this time Crewe bound to meet up with a friend who we hadn’t seen in 15 years.
Crewe – arrived at Marianne’s and met the children well two of them, one was a few months old last time I saw him! The weather, well at this point one needs to get straight to the point and the only words that can sum it up is “shite!” you really have to love the British weather, and the weather reports. Basically it is cold and wet, but reports say “cool and wet with a possibility of warmer and drier” talk about covering your options! Anyhow we didn’t get out much because of the weather but we did have a wander around Nantwich and just spent some good quality time catching up on life before it was time to move on yet again!
Stone – just for a night to catch up with Sarah and meet petite Juan or Joan as is her real name, Sarah’s mum! What a quaint little place, we saw lots of different birds and in the evening from the pub we saw a ferret crossing the road, remarkable really, yes it made it. After a few drinkies it was time to wander home, but yes we were with Sarah and we got lost, yes home town, lost all in the one sentence, quite wrong really especially in the cold! But we did make it home to the central heating and bottle of red!
On the Saturday we met Nicky and skiing Beaver, very cute is skiing beaver, he sits next to chimp, nice couple! The it was time to head off to Trentam Estate for a wander around the gardens and the lake. The weather picking up a little but still cold. We braved the maze and made it through, Alan did cheat and climb over a couple of times his sense of direction obviously challenged in the face of being with two women with such fantastic navigational skills. I was really wanting to have a go on the Ariel slide but children were hogging it, yes children in a play area, what is happening in the world when children actually play in the play areas!! But again the end came and it was see you soon and off to the next stop.
Lichfield – Shenstone to be more specific! Quaint and delightful are the words that come to mind, but most importantly was getting to hug my dear friends Sim and Andy after 13 years apart and then feeling like we have never been apart and picking up where we left off! It has been a mad 2 days of catching up and of course the compulsory drinkies. The first day was dinner out and just chatter, chatter, chatter, few tears here and there!
Our next day began slowly with a lovely walk in the village and surrounds, the weather had picked up and the sun was shining, even managed to take my coast off, Sim was at work (so proud of her, late night and she still got up for work!) but our Sim certainly had a surprise in store for us when she got home. Yes it’s a sunny day, one of very few since we left Brisbane, where do we go? Snowdome, yes that’s right Snowdome! We leave the sun on the outside and enter into an icebox to go indoor tobogganing! We did all have a few reservations, cold, injury, etc., came to mind, but I have to be honest we had a blast. Alan did come a cropper showing off and pushing on Andy, the result was a tumble from his toboggan followed by a little roll, very amusing! There were a couple more rolls from people,, who shall remain nameless, and a few near misses, I do feel sorry for those poor people paid to stand in the centre of the mountain, the steering in those thing is almost impossible and the brakes are a bit dodgy too, almost went airborne on one downward stretch!
Anyhow, we topped the night off in the pub and alas this part of our journey has now come to an end, we have said good bye to the kids and to Andy, we now just wait for Simone to get home from work and it’s ciao for now and it will definitely end in tears!
We are Leicester bound for dinner with Ann and Denis then London for the final countdown before we fly home.