Staying Cool at the Rotunda
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And so after a long flight - 12+ hours - we arrived in Paris, grabbed a quick drink and then on to Birmingham. Unfortunately, Pat's suitcase decided to stop off in Paris but will hopefully be delivered tomorrow! Back to a sunny UK, with a temperature not much cooler than Hanoi yesterday, where the blossom is in full swing. Lots of memories of a lovely holiday. ...
It was very dark and wet when we woke up to the alarm. Leanne arrived as planned and drove us to the airport. Unfortunately, as we left the M6 there was a huge tail back where we needed to go, presumably due to an accident.. We sat in it for a while, moving 100yds in 10 mins. Action was needed so we headed off towards Tamworth where we saw signs towards Coleshill. At least that was vaguely in the right direction. Between my limited knowledge and Leanne's iPhone, ...
... well with me guiding, Trevor driving the tractor (I outright refused) and Jayne keeping an eye on the back end. Well that is until 15 feet from its final resting place the wheels dug into the soft earth and Trevor gave the tractor "the beans" despite Jayne yelling herself hoarse for him to stop. And so after 4 hourse of digging, jacking the van up, blocking it, jacking it, blocking it and jacking ...
... like to come to and spend time.
Monday the 14th
of October – Up
around 7.30, Pete had cornflakes and I had pasta salad with Jeremy's
chili flakes for breakfast, before travelling across country through
the picturesque Cotswolds, delightful old hamlets and villages, along
different motorways, skirting Oxford until we came to the place of
Peter's ancestors, Yardley Gobion. James and Charles Wilcox were
... moved in with Philo. I have come to really enjoy gardening, with the reward of seeing things grow and flourish. Who knew gardening was something I would actually learn to love!
When gardening got boring (i.e. when the weather turned), we went south to Weymouth and Bournemouth for a weekend. Weymouth (right near Portland where the Olympic sailing would be held in August) is a lovely spot, with a quaint English harbour. It was really nice to soak ...