Afternoon ferry under a beautiful blue sky albeit a tad breezy and an opportunity to watch another Episode of Rake with an overnight stay at HIE Bromsgrove.
Our house in the Forest would have needed cleaning but the last few days were not occupied so Rob was able to do this before he went on his Skittles tour.
Nevertheless, we visited anyway to ensure all was well and to say our farewells to the gardener who is leaving the area at the end of the month.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t speak to Ken the neighbour who fixed our door for us in an emergency so head off to Flic’s who is still heavily pregnant, before venturing to our friend, Viv’s house who has volunteered to have us as house guests for a week.
Not a significant family birthday but nevertheless, a meal out at the Black Boy followed by a gentle stroll around local ponds.
Viv off on a holiday with a friend and I am taking them to the station in Fleet for a train just after 5AM. Not surprisingly, not a lot of other traffic.
9 to 13 May
Various trips helping Flic who is getting frustrated about still being pregnant. She is now overdue and we have a ferry tomorrow.
Collect Viv from railway station after her French trip about midnight – she had a great time and we of course are so thankful for the stay.
We are coming back to the UK later in the week anyway so try and get ferry changed but at a cost of over £200 it is not financially viable so head up the motorway for a couple of days at home.
Ferry to Liverpool and overnight at HIE Shrewsbury but can’t wait to get to see the new arrival.
Flic is staying in hospital due to complications with the birth – and of course we head straight there for our first cuddles.
A very contented little boy but Flic is understandably very tired so we head off early to the Holiday Inn at Reading for our stay.
Pick up Mel from Wokingham and spend about an hour with Flic, Gary and baby in the hospital before we leave for our trip to London to watch the Beach Boys at the Royal Albert Hall.
Another fantastic performance preceded by a meal which was very good value for money at the Elgar Restaurant.
The train to London from Winnersh Triangle was surprisingly busy as was the return train from Paddington to Reading.
Flic had kindly arranged for a taxi to pick us up and return us to the Hotel.
A bit of shopping and then off to hospital for more cuddles – Laura joins us as well and managed a pose in front of a suitably painted wall in Flic’s room in the hospital!
Many thanks to the staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
Another trek up the Motorway to Liverpool for a ferry journey back home.
29 May – 3 June
Flic had a C Section and as Gary has returned to work, we are off to Reading to help Flic as she can’t drive.
EasyJet flights this time to Gatwick with train to and from Earley and a week of helping her (as she can’t drive) and we stay this time at the Crowne Plaza using some points from previous stays.
We have to get back home on the Saturday morning as we have visitors arriving the following day for the Annual TT races in the IoM as we offer a Homestay facility.
It is so hard to say goodbye to such a contented little grandson al though we will be back after TT near the end of June.