Monday, 9 July 2012

And We're Off

Well, almost. We've one more night here in Southport before we begin four months as nomads and have just booked our first (of no doubt many) night in a Days Inn on the M6 and five nights in a Premier Inn near Ipswich. I know they aren't the most exciting places for us to stay but we've got to be sensible about the budget and the cost of every night spent in a hotel could pay for something at the new house. In honesty both the places we have chosen have good write ups on Trip Advisor and if that life was good enough for Alan Partridge it will be good enough for us.

The removal men reckon that they will have finished by lunch time tomorrow. That will leave us an hour to do a final tidy and clean before we hit the road with the car laden down with everything we might need for the next three weeks - after Ipswich we've an unknown stay in Rochester for the anticipated arrival of our second grandchild. After that it will be a return to a sort of normality with a period in the caravan in St Andrews.

We've just got back from a week there. Unfortunately it rained almost constantly so we were unable to get out and about on the bikes but we did enjoy the week. We celebrated our first granddaughter Rose's first birthday with a super trip to Edinburgh where we stayed at Tigerlily - our room was almost as big as the ground floor in the new house. On Friday we visited the wonderful Taste Edinburgh. This was a brilliant show and we were able to sample some fantastic food from some of the best restaurants in the city. My favourite was the desert from Chez Roux - a wonderful bread and butter pudding style of sweet that was one of the nicest things I've ever tasted. What a tragedy for the organisers (and exhibitors) that the weather caused the cancellation of the final two days of the event as it was a truly excellent show.

Just part of the suite at Tigerlily
Sarah, Duncan and Rose enjoy a taste of Edinburgh

Taste turned out to be a good show for wellie sellers
After Taste we headed back to St Andrews for Rose's birthday party on Sunday.

We helped Sarah to put on a lovely spread for family and friends.

Sarah made Rose's super Very Hungry Caterpillar cake.

It's hard to believe that she's one already.

That's all for now. WIFI permitting I hope to keep updating the blog with our big adventure as it develops.