Posted by: glenswatman | July 23, 2009

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WEDNESDAY 1 JULY – Margaret goes out early to join friends to yoga and I meet
her afterwards for coffee.  The teacher
Thelma is a very interesting lady.  She
met her Japanese husband at a Buddhist retreat in Scotland and went to live
over there.  She is also very well
travelled and amazes us with the story of her backpacking trip to Thailand with
her baby daughter.  On the Internet I
get a surprise message from Bev & Norm to say they are hoping to come over
to Europe for the month of August and would love to meet up.  As we are looking after Natasha & Daniel
that month it is going to take some organising so I swing into actions thinking
up different plans.  It is a lovely afternoon
so we sit out in the shade in the garden enjoying the company.

HITCHIN 2

 

THURSDAY 2 JULY – It is a lovely hot day, 25C by 8.30am.  Peter & Margaret takes us out for
morning coffee at Luton Hoo Hotel, where the Queen used to stay.  It is a magnificent mansion with lovely
gardens.  Set out to explore down to the
Rock Garden with Peter following along on his mobility scooter.  Near the waterfall Margaret lives up to
their name “Rollason” and takes a rolling tumble onto the grass when she goes
over on her ankle.  She seems OK
although a little shaken.  Walking back
up to the house Peter takes his turn and falls out of the scooter when leaning
over too far.  They show us some of the
interesting features inside the mansion before we settle into the lounge for
coffees.  Rooms here start at £350 so
this is our only way of feeling rich without spending much.  The afternoon is spent between sitting in
the garden and going on the computer.

HITCHIN 3

 

FRIDAY 3 JULY – We’ve had a great time with Margaret & Peter and it
has give us chance to unwind a bit and recharge our batteries after all our dashing
around.  We are heading to Wakefield
today and Margaret takes us back to Stevenage so we can retrace our steps to
London on Green Line, £7pp.   This seems
to be the only economical way to get to Wakefield.  For the first time we use Mega Bus, £13pp and they seem fine but
instead of taking about 2-hours by car it takes us 8 hours but we arrive safely
and Karen & Auntie Pamela meets us at Wooley Edge service station.  Chris is out at a friends leaving do but Sarah
is at home and along with boyfriends Mike joins us for a meal at the “Old
Mill”.  Chris arrives home late but is
still happy to stay up later chatting.

WAKEFIELD 1

 

SATURDAY 4 JULY – Chat to Chris in the morning and decide to book their
cottage in France from 8-15 August to coincide with Bev & Norms visit.  It is in Brittany and close to many
attractions and sleeps 6 so should be perfect. James has called round for the
day so we leave the men watching Rugby whilst Karen and I make a trip round the
shops and pick up some food for tonight. 
Bob & Denise and her Mum come round for the evening and we get on
with them really well.  After eating we
play a card game, similar to Uno, and have a really good laugh.

WAKEFIELD 2

 

SUNDAY 5 JULY – By luck Denise & Bob are going to Burnley today to
pick up a motorhome they bought on E-bay so we manage to get a lift with them
to Keighley.  Settle back into Claire’s.

KEIGHLEY 1

 

MONDAY 6 JULY – We go round to Mom & Dads for the day except that I
have to go back to Claire’s for a could of hours in the evening to be with
Daniel whilst Claire & Natasha go swimming.

KEIGHLEY 2, MOM & DADS

 

TUESDAY 7 JULY – Mom & Dad drive us back to Claire’s and we stay there
whilst I do us lunch.  Dad goes to Ling
Studios for breathing exercises in the afternoon and whilst he is there Steve
& I potter round town.  I spend the
evening on the Internet and book us a hotel for the night we arrive in Boulogne
and ferry crossings for us all.

KEIGHLEY 3

 

WEDNESDAY 8 JULY – Last summer we went to Egypt with Arf & Jean and have
not seen them since.  They drive over
from Sheffield to join us for the day. 
Having spent the winter in Morocco in their motorhome we are eager to
hear all about the trip and really enjoy their company.

KEIGHLEY 4

 

THURSDAY 9 JULY – David and Donna decide to pop over, David can’t wait for
us to deliver the cigs we have bought back from Russia.  They stop for lunch and a chat then drop us
at Rod & Nancy’s on their way home. 
Their daughter Jenny now runs “The Ling Bob” pub and we meet Nancy there
when she arrives back from work.  There
is a good menu and the food is delicious and reasonably priced.  Rod & Steve drops us in Riddlesden so
that they can go on to play snooker whilst Nancy & I walk to Sharon’s for a
natter.  They forget to pick us up and
the first we know of this is when Claire phones to check why we are not at
bowling for her to pick us up!  She
collects us from Sharon’s and we stay at Claire’s until Rod drops Steve home.

KEIGHLEY 5

 

FRIDAY 10 JULY – We are lucky that Claire pops home at lunchtime as she can
run us down to Sandra & Keith’s to save us getting wet.  Sandra gives us a tour of their new
campervan “Freddie” and it reminds us of Billy in Australia and makes us
motor-homesick.  We enjoy a light lunch
then spend the afternoon chatting and even sit out for a while when Sandra has
a nap.  A guy from Sky comes round to
show them how to use their new system and we can now understand why our parents
are totally confused by it all.  Shimla
Spice were awarded best restaurant in Keighley so we book for 6.30pm and can
see why they won.  There is a vast
choice on the menu, mainly Pakistani food, and we all seem to make good choices
and really enjoy it.  Return to Sandra
& Keith’s to chat until late.

KEIGHLEY 6

 

SATURDAY 11 JULY – I go down to Keighley baths to watch Daniels swimming
lesson in the morning.  In the evening
it is Steve’s turn to go to watch Natasha in a swimming gala at
Aireborough.   Natasha’s mind is not
really on it as she is going to a friends birthday party and sleepover
afterwards so she doesn’t do as well as she might have done.

KEIGHLEY 7

 

SUNDAY 12 JULY – Pop down to Morrisons with Claire and pick up some beef
for dinner, think I must have bought part shares in a cow as a small joint
costs almost £10!  In the afternoon
Steve joins Claire & Natasha going to Shipley swimming baths for another
gala.  This time she returns with a
bronze medal and was only 2 seconds off getting a huge trophy for being the
most improved time in the 4 x 100 metres medley.

KEIGHLEY
8

 

MONDAY 13 JULY – For the first time we set out
from Claire’s house on foot – she lives way out of town so you need to car to
get to everything.  There’s a bus stop
nearby and we buy a K-Day ticket for £3 and this gets us all the way to Leeds.  National Express charge £3 to Manchester and
we arrive around 1.30pm and find David parked in the taxi rank waiting for
us.  He has had a message to call into
the Army office to be measured and weighed and due to the numerous one way
streets in the city we get a grand tour before arriving there.  They tell him all the reports have come back
fine and the next stage is the medical. 
Back at his house we pick up Toby the dog and head over to Heaton Park
for a long walk.  In front of the
mansion is an unusual “ha ha” wall, designed to keep the cattle from coming
onto the lawns whilst being invisible from the house.  Beginning Wednesday Macbeth is being performed in the park using
many locations and we see some of the actors rehearsing.  Donna cooks a nice evening meal and we sit
in their newly decorated dining room. 
They have recently bought a new double bed so we get to stay in their
bedroom whilst they use an airbed in the lounge and very comfy we are too.

MANCHESTER – PRESTWICH

 

TUESDAY 14 JULY – David drives us down to Mums
with Donna joining us.  There’s a hold
up on the M6 and when we get to the trouble spot we see that a caravan has come
unhitched and gone up the embankment. 
At Mums we chat over lunch then David heads home.  I walk up town to collect my book from WH
Smiths.  It should be £19.99 but I ordered
it on line for £11.99 and just have to wait a couple of days for it to be
delivered to the store.  Now I can get
on with doing some reading about South America to decide if we want to go
there.  Bobby calls round in the
evening, he has done a brilliant job resurrecting my old Acer computer and it
now runs as a basic laptop with Windows 2000. 

MARKET DRAYTON 1

 

WEDNESDAY 15 JULY – I run Mum and Pauline up
town then visit the library to do Internet dodging the showers on my way
back.  Bobby comes round again to join
us in the evening.

MARKET DRAYTON 2

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