Water water everywhere… ! What a week that was for weather eh? I so very much hope that wherever you were you managed to avoid the enormous upheaval that flooding brings, and that your home is still dry and warm and undamaged!
Thanks as always for keeping me posted on your events and adventures, and as we draw ever closer to 'that time of the year' again, I very much hope that are you are a great deal more organised than I am!
Sadly I am still waiting to exchange on the house, and so can't confirm a moving date, or plan ahead at all. Funny thing is though, as with everything, life carries on around you, and so I know it will happen at some point in the future, just a little later than I had hoped!
A date that had been in my diary for many months was my Aunty Eileen's 90th birthday, and so Colin and I set the Sat Nav to Bradford Upon Avon, and headed off last Friday to celebrate with her and other members of my family.
We'd called ahead to the hotel and we were given an alternative route thus avoiding the main areas of flooding, and luckily the river water had receded that night allowing us to have a wonderful meal in The Three Gables Restaurant in Bradford itself. Not sure if you can quite see the water level in this photo, but it was pretty scary!
It was still raining on Saturday morning, but we only had a 15 mile drive to where Aunty Eileen lives, and the main roads were fine. Aunty Eileen is my mother's eldest sister, and her daughter Marianne, son Colin, my mum and Joe, and my sister Jenny were all there to join in the celebrations.
Marianne is 10 years older than me, and I remember staying with her and husband Len in 1976 and babysitting their son Nick, who was just three years old then! He's grown a tad since then as you'll see in this photo (note Marianne's Bob Mackie sweater!) and as most of us hadn't seen each other for over 10 years it was wonderful to relax and chat, as there was a lot of catching up to do!
I also got to meet our second cousins, and Jenny and I reckoned that the last time we had been together was at her wedding in 1983! They live on the Isle of Wight now, and are quite a bit younger than us, but we all got on famously.
Once we move, we will be significantly closer to the whole family, and I so am very much hoping that we can finally spend some more time together, as we need to make some new memories
You know I mentioned last week that I'd been driving around on a fraction of the tyre pressure I should have been, well clearly I needed to have checked it again!
While driving into work yesterday – fast lane of the M1, heated seat on, listening to Michael Buble (as you do…) I heard a loud bang and then the steering began juddering, I could see smoke billowing out of the back of the car, and bits of rubber flying all over the road…!
Trying to slow down and move across three lanes with limited steering was terrifying, but I think the Stig would have been proud of me as I coasted to a rather bumpy halt on the hard shoulder. As you can see the tyre was well and truly flat, and when it was taken off there was a huge hole in it where a nail must have been. The inside was totally shredded and smelt dreadfully of burned rubber.
The AA man who rescued me was lovely though, and having put the spare on he followed me to the services so he could give me my damaged wheel and I could replace the tyre. Colin had called ahead and found a garage close to QVC that could fix it, but he then had to head out and follow me there, as the spare developed a puncture!!
The AA man could only carry out a temporary repair so we weren't sure it'd make the journey! But for those of you who saw my rather tardy entrance to the Diamonique hour yesterday will know that I did get to work, thanks to my man who drove me there, then stayed until the car was fixed, drove it back to QVC and left the keys for me… Bless him
Well, the sun is shining through the window, the frost has melted, and I must get ready for work. I can't quite believe that if we do exchange later today, this time next week will be my last day in the little cottage… I've had the best and some of the worst times of my life here in the last two years, but this has been my haven – a place to recover and recharge the batteries, and now it's time to move on… to whatever is round the corner…
I hope you have a great weekend, and it'll be lovely to catch up on all your news.
With my love as always, Ali xx