I’ve just looked at this unused blog, which was really designed for John to keep in touch during his trip to Australia, and have to say that I find myself writing what I said two years ago. It’s Autumn again, we’ve had our summer holidays and Christmas seems to be looming.
But on reflection an awful lot has happenened since my last post, notwithstanding Melanie and I are now husband and wife.
On the basis that nobody else is looking at this other than me, I am probably now starting to talk to myself, but as and when deranged thoughts come to mind I will probably add a little post here. It would, however, be nice to have some contibutions from others. Therefore, I feel a campaign coming on.
Last week saw the departure of Judi and the return of Ben to school – and of course it was St Georges Day. Our only real involvement with St George’s Day was on Sunday to deliver Ben to Wimbledon Common in the pouring rain for a Scout parade and then navigate our way to the service at the end in the shelter of the car.
The day before had been much more exciting Paul and I went off to my old school (Riddlesdown in Purley) for their 50th birthday celebrations. I expected to see lots of old chums, but instead bumped in to Aunty Alex (several times) and the only other person who had bothered to turn up from our year – Bob Cremer. Had a brief chat with Bob and promised to keep in touch by email. It was nice to see Bob and left him hoping I looked in as good a health as he did. Bob had some very sad news, but I was uplifted by his remarkable courage, gratitude and optimism.
Funny day yesterday – didn’t get a lot of work done, but having said that I seriously lacked enthusiasm. But did have a couple of other things on my mind. First of all, I put in an offer on a very nice 5 bedroom house in Carshalton Beeches, then spent an awful long time on the phone to Abbey trying to sort out John’s funds – hope it’s now sorted. Have to wait and see. Then met Melanie from work to celebrate the anniversary of our engagement. We went to Eyre Brothers Restaurant near Old Street – very Iberian very, good.
We could hardly believe our eyes when we woke up this morning to a street covered in snow in April. Paul took full advantage and ventured outside to construct a snowman called Alan. Helen came and visited and stayed for a late lunch.
With John in Auz, and Ben staying in Cilcain for two weeks the house is very quiet! Andy and I will enjoy the peace, but miss you all.
Amid much excitement and emotional scenes, relatives of John & Michael gathered at London’s Gatwick Airport last Monday to see the boys depart for Melbourne, Australia.
Hysterical scenes have been reported from Australia’s Melbourne airport as John and Michael arrived from London. It is understood that the boys are staying at a secret location.
A great time was had by all on Saturday evening, when John’s mates clashed with family to mark John’s last few hours in the western hemisphere. John flies out to Melbourne, Australia on Monday night. Have a great time John and don’t forget the blog.
Well…..something interesting to say at last! We had a fabulous weekend on Hayling Island. Drove down on Good Friday and went immediately to Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays for shopping and lunch. Then off to find the Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island. A few problems on arrival mainly around our restaurant booking, but all satisfactorily resolved – although I feel a letter coing on!
After an excellent buffet breakfast off to Beaulieu for the National Car Museum. Had a really nice time saw all the cars, the Abbey and the Palace.
Dined out in Chichester at a Chinese called Confucious something – quite good.
Decided to stay another day so Sunday off to Portsmouth Historic Docks to see the Mary Rose and the Victory – great time and back to the hotel for dinner. Great meal but they messed up the booking again …….uhhhh!
After another fab breakfast, we ambled back to Chez Nous for a relaxing few hours curled up in front of the television.
I seem to be the only contributor to this blog, so suppose I’d better muster some enthusiasm and write something. Funny day – Maunday Thursday……..they let us out of work early – I suppose it’s in lieu of being a poor civil servant and not getting a hand out of Maunday money from the Queen. Or perhaps it’s just the government, giving us a couple of hours to buy Easter eggs. Whatever, it’s nice to get home early and catch up with a bit of afternoon television.
Off to Portsmouth tomorrow for an Easter break at the Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island – I think the itinery is shopping at Gunwharf then off to the hotel to check in and dinner. Saturday we’re hoping to get to Beaulieu for the motor museum.
John has decamped to Watford for a final weekend at his mum’s before he flies off to Australia.
Anyway….I’ll probably update this sometime over the weekend and tell my silent, invisible audience what’s been going on. Will you be able to handle the wait?