Caleigh (I have no idea how to spell it!) Dad's 70

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Sep 03, 2008

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Monday, August 18, 2008

August 18th
Well a peaceful day, filled with many challenges.
Bob and I decide not to go into to Chester and Liverpool.  We have some car arrangements to make. We also need to figure out how he is going to get to the airport in the morning.  His flight is at 9 so it makes for a really early morning for anyone offering to drive him and many people offer,  but in the end Bob decides to order a cab to poick him up which turns out to be the best idea.
My foot is not well enough to drive, and Mom has decided she won't feel comfortable to drive, the motorways are fast, you are on the wrong side of the road and the wrong side of the car, who can blame her?
So once again we look into options.
Option one return both cars ( Dads and ours) early and to Manchester airport and see if we can rent a van,
Our cars are non=refundable there is a van available but the charge is 35 pound per car (for returning then to the wrong  location) plus 550 pounds to rent the van,
Option two, Change the car into Alisons name and she can drive it,
Cost 5 pound per day plus 35 to return it early to Manchester.  Ali and Cam leave from Frankfurt on the 31st so they will not be around to drive this car back to London, which still leaves one person taking the train .  I volunteer.
Option three return our car, use both Alis car and Dads car to get up to Scotland and a couple of us take the train to London while Dad drives to London.  We decide this is the best option,
Dad has developed an ear infection in his right ear and we decide it would make sense to take mom off as the secondary diver and add Ali on just incase Dad's ear worsens and he is unable to drive.  Off go Dad Bob and Ali to make the changes and return the car.  This process takes a long time Mom and I decide we'd bettter go in to Morrisons and get some food for the kayleigh.
Ali Dad and Bob pick up fish and chips we have a meal on the run and head for the Brookdale country club for the party.
It's a rush and a blurr for the first part of the evening. the Band is great a little pushy trying to get people up and dancing, but its all in fun. For Alison an dI and I am sure Mom and Dad It's the first time our English worlds collide.  My cousins on both sides meet each other as adults for the first time,  it's hard for Ali and I to think that we are the only conection between them and that the only time they have seen each other is when we were here, it seems strange to us.  Our Aunties meeting our cousins, Dad's cousin meeting our Aunties. people they only know of through conversation through us, it;s a strange reality.  I guess we just assumed there was more connection because they all live here on this side of the ocean.
My Moms family and Friends, and my Dads family and friends, all in one room here is England.  Dad saw some friends he had not seen for 40 odd years it was amazing! Mom had a great time catching up with old school chums! It really was quite an evening!  We need more time to see everyone.
We return with rides to Auntie margarets home (because we've no car)  Mom and Dad come in for a tea them home to Christines in Bolton.  They are both overly excited about seeing so many people.  What a great night!
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