As I write, we're back in the Premier Inn in Ipswich on a quick trip to Suffolk to see how the house renovation is progressing. We got up at five thirty and were on the road at six; if it had not been for an accident on the A14 we would have arrived in time for our appointment with the interior designer who is helping us with our decor but the road was closed near St Ives and we had to detour almost seventy miles out of our way and arrived at her studio in Woodbridge via the M25 - but only fifteen minutes late.
Tomorrow we're heading for Framlingham in the morning and back to Ipswich in the afternoon for another meeting with the designer and then we're back on the road for another four hundred mile drive back to St Andrews. Fortunately we've time for a lie in in the morning to make sure that we are fresh enough to complete the journey. We share the driving so, whilst an eight hour drive is daunting, a four hour drive each is not too onerous.
Before our long drive, our more relaxing week in Scotland continued and on Saturday we had a lovely day out with Sarah and Rose and visited a rare breeds farm with a playground just outside St Andrews and then went on to the superb renaissance style Falkland Palace - a great piece of architecture in a small and picturesque village.
There's so much to see in and around St Andrews that I'm sure we'll find plenty to keep us occupied in between our treks up and down the motorways. Later this week we're heading to the Edinburgh Fringe. We've got tickets for The Boy With Tape On His Face - More Tape, Sean Hughes - Life Becomes Noises and Sarah Kendall - Get Up Stand Up which will take up the late afternoon and evening. Hopefully we will find a few more offbeat acts to try earlier in the day and, as it's not a fasting day, somewhere good to eat.
Speaking of the fasting regime. It's been a fasting day today and we've had three cups of tea without milk, a banana and strawberry smoothie and half a cheese and ham sandwich each - when I finish writing this I plan to study the Premier Inn's breakfast menu in anticipation of an eating day tomorrow.