Thursday, 5 March 2009

I'm back!

Well I hope I'm back this time! I did an entry yesterday, a long one too, then lost it before I could post it! I was so annoyed that I just gave up! I couldn't believe how long it's been since I last did one but now that I've sorted out my password (again) I'll hopefully be able to read and write regularly.

Today I'm off to stay with my eldest daughter Claire, she lives in a lovely village in West Sussex, it's so pretty there. I'm looking after her twins George and Grace tomorrow night while she and David go to a charity evening. They do know I'm looking after them but they don't know I'm going there today so it will be a surprise for them when I meet them at the school, I can't wait to see their faces! As I haven't driven for years and don't have a car I usually rely on Peter to take me, he was going to be working today and we would have gone when he got home from work but last weekend I logged on to a travel site and now have a route where I can go all the way by bus! Well four buses actually and it will take about two and a half hours as opposed to just over an hour by car, but most of the journey will be through countryside and the best part of it is that it's FREE using my Freedom Pass, or pensioner's bus pass to those abroad! So that will be my big adventure and when I get home on Sunday I'll let you know how I got on! Peter found that he didn't have to work today after all and was quite happy to take me there but I'd rather see how I get on with the buses. If I get stuck then I can phone Claire and she'll pick me up but I'm so looking forward to it, I'd much rather travel by bus than train.

We have been without anything on the kitchen floor for some weeks now because our fridge freezer leaked and lifted the floor tiles. It's one of those big American things that has water and ice dispensers and Peter had fitted a new filter at the back before Christmas and when he checked it there was a small pinprick hole that had done the damage. Of course we claimed on the insurance but had to have all the tiles taken up and they left us with a humidifier and a blower to dry out the concrete base, it looked so awful and the noise the machines made were horrendous, we turned them off at night because they were so noisy. The company that is laying the new floor phoned yesterday and said they could do it the week after next but we're off to the Alsace in France again next Friday so it's being done the day after we return. They have to have the kitchen completely clear and we have so much stuff in there (it's a big kitchen) we'll have to move it all into the dining room before we go away as there won't be time when we return. Peter's already moved the dresser (or hutch!) out and we decided that it was a good time to paint the walls while the room was clear, which he did last week.

Well I suppose I'd better get myself ready to go, I'm making Peter a fish pie to have later on, his request, and although I packed my bag yesterday I still have things to do before I go. I'm really quite excited about it all!
Have a good day!



Marie said...

Pat, I hope you have a great time with your grand kiddies and a wonderful trip on the bus! After you and Peter are done with your travels, you must come by for a visit again! Or we can come to yours. It would be so lovely to see you again!! Hopefully Spring will settle in for good soon and warmer weather will be on it's way! Safe journies and hope to see you soon! XXOO

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Good to hear from you as always. Enjoy the trip and hope the weather is fine for you. I know that being with the grand children is always a good time. How nice you have a free pass to travel. France sounds wonderful too. Hope all gets sorted out with your floor. Water can do so much damage.

LYN said...

I was wondering where you were!

have fun on your adventure!!

Jeannette said...

I am sure you will have a lovely time with your grandchildren. I know how pretty those villages can be. It will be nice when your kitchen is finally sorted out.

Ally Lifewithally said...

Pat I am sure you are going to have a lovely time with the grandchildren ~ and I hope you enjoy your adventure riding the Bus ~ I hope they sort your Kitchen floor so you can get back to having a nice kitchen ~ Ally x

Kath said...

Hi Pat good to read a post from you again.How Lovely to be looking after the Grandchildren,they are fun to be with I think.Yes I too travel at times to the coast ont he bus it takes much longer but the nice country scenic route is wonderful.Have a lovely time.Safe journeys.Hope you have nice weather and the kitchen is soon back to normal.Upheaval drives us mad doesn't it? LOL!! Take Care God Bless Kath xx

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