We’ve been down to Cheltenham for my mammogram and MSM kindly put us up overnight.
Neither of us had been looking forward to the journey especially as the last one took us almost 7 hours.
We were both awake early yesterday, so got up, showered, had breakfast and walked the dog, then set off around 8am. According to the GPS, we would reach our destination around 11.15. Neither of us believed that, but set off in relatively good spirits.
We stopped to let Maggie have a potty break and then shortly thereafter to change drivers as Hubby was starting to feel the pain in his legs.
I drove for about an hour and a half, then we had another stop to stretch our legs and change again.
At 10.45 we stopped for a coffee and potty break for ourselves, then got back on the road.
We were surprised to make really good time and were nearing our destination just after midday. I am beginning to wonder if we hit a time warp or something as we’d experienced no hold ups whatsoever.
MSM had prepared a lovely lunch of lasagna and roast parsnips, and we took her some flowers plus garlic bread and a trifle for dessert as our contribution.
It was lovely to see her.
This morning, we were up as usual around 6.30 and had breakfast before walking up into town.
We walked along the lock and were pleased to meet up with the relief lock keeper we had become friendly with when we were liveaboards. He doesn’t change and we were chatting for well over half an hour. We continued up into town where I couldn’t get what I wanted, so we bought bacon rolls and took one back for our friend who was really pleased (and hungry!).
There were a few bits of personal shopping we wanted to do and also to refuel, though we’d only used a quarter of a tank on the journey, so we intended to spend the morning in town.
There was an accident on the main road so we were diverted and couldn’t get to where we wanted to go, so we went into the town centre itself and Hubby got himself some new joggers and polo shirts. Lots of people wanted to fuss Maggie as I was waiting outside and there was an interesting mix of people around.
I bought some more cards and trimmings as MSM had given me some bits and pieces plus three booklets full of ideas I can’t wait to try out.
My appointment was limited to between 1 pm and 3.30, but it was a walk in clinic so the plan was to get there early and then back on the road to come home.
We arrived at 1pm and I was seen at 1.05, then back in the car for 1.20. I would not be surprised to have a couple of bruises this time as that plate and clamp were really tight.
It’s always been uncomfortable and whether I felt it more this time as I’m over a stone lighter than I was last year I don’t know. Anyway, I’ll get the results in about three weeks.
We were making great time coming home, then I stupidly missed the turnoff and we ended up going through Coventry town centre. I’ve never been there before and will avoid it like the plague so that I don’t have to go again! It is HORRIBLE and trying to get out and back onto the main road took us well over twenty five minutes. My apologies to any reader who actually lives there. Bristol can be a nightmare, but is a piece of cake in comparison!
Hubby took over and as we were coming up to the Lincoln by-pass, police were in attendance as a hay wagon had an unstable load so they closed the road. We ended up going through the industrial estate, which added another twenty minutes to our journey.
However, we were home just after 6pm, so still made good time and that time warp feeling resurfaced as we cannot recall why it took us so long last time.
Maggie is pretty stiff in her joints so we’ve had something to eat so that we could give her a dose of metacam and then walked her round the block. She has been so good for us and obviously as tired as we are as none of us travel very well these days. Hubby has also taken one of his mega bombs and we are now trying to unwind before retiring to bed.
The diet has obviously gone out of the window as it’s pointless trying to syn count away from home, though I have tried to be practical whilst not being good and will be strictly on plan as from tomorrow.