02.05.2015 - 30.05.2015
We have whiled away May being away. To date we have travelled 2400 miles by car, with Fred and a road map or two, on top of our 9340 miles with Emirates to get to the Uk.
We have slept in hotels, bed and breakfasts, a castle, 2 farm stays, 2 self catering places and eaten at pubs, cafes, tea rooms, restaurants and still managed to have a night of soup and toasted sandwich!
We've climbed mountains, not too big though, and gone down cellars. Tackled staircases ranging from 18 inches wide to 2-3 yards wide, some carpet some stone, and none so difficult as those with our cases. We have walked in rain, sunshine, hail, mud, and on pavements, fields, parquetry flooring, cobblestones and walls.
Roads and tracks have ranged from letters with one number two or three numbers, and then those that dont have a number. The most interesting are those on the map with bobbly lines, they are one car wide with passing points at intervals. Rob just loves them. Weve experienced straight roads, windy roads, sunny and rainy roads. Winding, rough and smooth roads, ones with livestock in the middle of it and those with the warnings of hidden dips!
We've supported the Uk road works and govt with paying more for parking in 4 weeks than I have in my entire life and toilets...lets not go there!
We've enjoyed showers over baths, ones without baths, soaked in a spa bath, ordinary baths and each one has had its own version of hot water system and operation.
Our rooms have been; 4245 in Heathrow, The Rose Room in Wincester, Jenny's guest room in Cheltenham, Room 1 at The Mecure, The Hussey Suite at Albrigton Hussey Manor, The Spinney, at Whitehorn Farm Stay, Room 5 in York, Room 5 in Penrith, Cottage 3 Auchedennan, Rm 24 at Clan MacDuff, Cottage 1 Redwood House, Room 245 at Inverness and 3 more to come for Orkneys and Shetlands and Cardiff.
We're being threatened with a train strike in our last week which may have impact on our next visit with Jenny, and hopefully it will end before we are due to train to Heathrow.....
Tonight we have juggled our luggage so we can meet the 23 kilo limit for our next 4 flights. The extra 23 will be on our shoulders as hand luggage, get the physios ready when we return We've already posted 4 packages of brochures books and gifts, costing us our next ? months salaries. We now own half of The Royal Mail.
To my horror I have survived 4 weeks with only one day of wearing make up and continually wearing a rain hood on my head....who would have thought!
No doubt the next two weeks will be even more interesting with the remoteness of the islands and the exploration of possibly living on them.