THE BIG BIRTHDAY TRIP 2016 travel blog


Most of you who read this blog will know that we both had to return to the UK for a few weeks to find a suitable care home for my father and empty his flat. After 5 and a half weeks and a lot of hard work, we are now able to continue our trip. Dad seems happy in his new home, a great joy to visit one day and see him playing dominoes with some of the other residents. He has also been on a group outing to the theatre.

Firstly, I flew back home with Ryan Air on 4th April and then two weeks later, John decided to drive the van back as he was concerned about the clutch. Just as well, the clutch went just outside Seville. That delayed him a couple of days and he was 1,000 Euros lighter!!

We found a nice CL site 10 minutes drive from dads flat in stables so had nice views of horses in fields but a lot of noise from the nearby M3 and a railway line. We found a nice local, The Barley Mow who made us very welcome when we stopped in on the way home after a busy day.

It wasn't all bad, it was great to see my brother John, John's sister Penny and her husband Dennis, Tony and Celia, Nancy, Anne and Paul, Helen, Sam and Sue and all those who have helped us along the way. Not forgetting, Matt and Tor and those three cheeky monkeys, Jimmy, William and Benny.

Also, thank you to David for sorting our our Media Player issue, sorry we missed you Noreen.

One highlight, we got to cuddle our pussy cats a few times during our visits back home. It was good to see Sharon who is doing well and Simon, her rock. The cottage, as always, looked lovely. We are very lucky to have such fab house sitters. Also had a cuddle with next door's puppies, thank you Lisa and Emily.

Whilst home, it was good to see the Bourke family, and my lovely friend Andy who was celebrating her 60th earlier in April and Elaine who has just become a grand mum.

So nearly half a stone heavier due to all the dinners and eating out we have been doing over the last couple of days, we are about to set off and head for Scandinavia. Thanks for all the best wishes and kind words we have received during this difficult time. Be in touch again once we are over the channel.



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