We set off this morning shortly before 9am. Traffic wasn’t too bad and we saw the tail end of the school run. Hubby had planned our route last night and checked for roadworks, so we had a game plan, and a distance of 166 miles in a time of about 4 hours, plus potty breaks and driver changes.
It was a pleasant journey, even driving through the centre of Grantham and Melton Mowbray, both of which can be avoided on the way back, and as Hubby was so tired, he had a power nap while I had the final hour and half to Cheltenham.
MSM had told us she would be out until about 4pm, which worked out very nicely for us as we were on no deadline or time frame. We did some clothes shopping in Cheltenham and got some lunch, then made our way to the marina with the intention of giving Maggie a walk round the Avenue first.
Some friends we’d made during our three years here were working in the garden and we had such a lovely warm welcome from them. We were chatting for almost an hour! It was good to see them, especially as they have been keeping in touch, so we knew they’d lost their dog a little while ago. He was almost 17.
The marina doesn’t seem to have changed much. There are still a lot of vacant berths, and the shower block is exactly the same with the same toilets and urinals in the gents out of action as when we left over eighteen months ago.
I’ll take some pictures tomorrow and hopefully we’ll be able to catch up with Tom before going to the breast clinic for my screening. I just turn up in the afternoon, flash my pink card, and I’ll be seen in about ten minutes, getting the result in about 10 days. Our plan is to head for home immediately afterwards, so we should be back by early evening.
MSM was pleased to see us, and we’d brought in a lasagna to cook in the microwave for dinner. She is very well, and as always good company. A mutual friend came round as well, so we’ve spent a pleasant evening and have now retired for the night. Maggie is curled up on her blanket beside me, totally exhausted after the trip. She has been so good today, and remembered where she was, bless her.
Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up with my reader before settling down for the night, but there’s a lot in it and I’m on battery power so any posts are likely to be short!