Part 3 “Back up North”


Back to Liz’s flat and then off to Euston to get the train to Oxenholme – I won’t bore you with all the details but the First Class food service on the West Coast Virgin Trains Line is not First Class! They were trialling a new service which was definitely not up to scratch!chez Fiona

A busy weekend ensued – Liz and Jen dropped me off in Kirkby Lonsdale early on Sat morning – fortunate for Kate or she would have missed her hair appointment in Ingleton if I had not woken her with a phone call! Had a potter round Ingleton and then Jez took me over to Giggleswick to see Ann which was lovely. Then back to Liz’s and over to Fiona’s for a barbecue which was just great! Tasty food, perfect weather, wonderful setting and brilliant company. Fiona’s wine glasses are like buckets which means you drink rather more than is good for you – isn’t that right Blackers? It also makes you think that you can sing!Silverdale and Jan But what a laugh we had on the karaoke – talk about Britain’s got talent – it was all there in Fiona’s front room! Thanks Fiona for a great night!

Next day after not very much sleep and through the fog of the biggest hangover I have had in years I met up with Sarah and Becky for a walk with the Jaspers. Fortunately by then the Ibuprofen had kicked in and I felt sort of human again! With the sun shining across the bay the mudflats at Arnside looked almost like golden sand! It was a lovely walk though and great to catch up with all the news. We had lunch back in Becky, Sarah and the JaspersSarah’s new conservatory (totally transforms the house) and eventually had to say goodbye as Becky drove me back over to Kirkby.

In the evening Kate and I went along to Ginny’s to meet up with Mel, Jan, Clare, Fiona and Ann to celebrate Ginny’s Birthday. Warm enough to sit outside (though we did have a brazier going which was very pleasant as the sun went down) Again it was lovely to catch up with people and a very relaxing end to the weekend.

Part 2 : Une semaine chargee mais reposante
Part 4 Blasts from the past
  • Great to see you are now teaching again and the boys are settling well. Been enlighteneing reading about the NZ education system! Robert and Andrew are quite fascinated to read about Lachlan and Aonghas ‘ new lives. Would have been great to catch up with you whilst over here but appreciate you are very busy. Must post some pics of Stephie’s wedding!!

    Have a colleague and his family (girls a similar age to your boys)moving out to New Zealand to your region. They have family and friends already over there but will be looking for jobs in Teaching and lecturing in your region. Do you mind if I give them you blog address? Will catch up at length soon. Would love to come and visit you sometime – had thought about it this year as we were invited to China and thought why not only another 10 hours form Hong Kong!!!

    Iain, Vanessa Robert and Andrew
    PS We recently made heard form Alex in Switzerland oddly enough he and Regina had been looking to emigrate to NZ a fcouple of years ago. Sends his love to you and Nigel.

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