Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

After two days of being back in Rotherham, in which Jeff and I spent most of our time on the computer, organising hotels and sorting out bills etc from the house, it was time to leave. 

We went for a meal with Grandma and Papa on the Wednesday night, finally!  We were expecting the chap to come to collect our car on the Wednesday night at 'tea' time.  He never came, and ended up emailing us to ask if he could collect next week instead?  Out of time..................

We ended up going to the pub, very fed up, but ended up having a lovely time, although a little late for the kids to be eating at nine o'clock !

This morning was spent organising the hire car and then selling the car through some website!  We didn't get quite as much cash as we had hoped but it was very stress free and very quick...........so it had it's advantages.

After leaving my beloved little golf all on it's own in this strange car park, we drove back to Grandma and Papa's for lunch.  It felt incredibly strange to be car less.  All of our assets gone. 

The whole process feels like running up an incredible steep hill with lots of ribbons attached to us which are slowly being cut as we break another and then another contact.  I'm not sure if this makes sense?

By mid afternoon, more horrible goodbyes and lots of tears.  Once again a terrible feeling of guilt.  All I could say was 'I'm sorry.'  The children were really good though, they were obviously upset and quiet, but no hysterics like we had from Lucy last week. I'm not sure if I could have coped with that.  I'm still not sure if they really understand what is happening, sometimes I do, then other times I think they are being far too calm and collected.

The tears carried on and off throughout the journey.  You get yourself composed and then think about people again and then you start crying.  Then you end up thinking about everyone else you have left behind and cry even more!  Hopefully that feeling should improve as time goes by.

We drove to see more friends who we haven't seen for a very long time.  Debbie who lives in Sheers Green with Rupert and the girls and Lou and her husband, Grant who have been over from Oz.  Debbie and Lou are friends from my diving days in Manchester, we had some very good times many years ago, diving and drinking/socialising!

Lou moved over to Oz eight years ago and is loving it.  It was good to get some thoughts/advice from someone who has gone through this process, even if the process was a little different as it was minus two children.  It was also great to catch up with Lou and Debbie's news over a take away and a few glasses/bottles of wine :-)

Once again the children had a ball playing with the girls, and by the end of the evening they were great friends.

The it was to Windsor, far too late really................  Yet another late night for the children.  Let's just hope they can wake up early for Legoland.

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