How has this happened?
|Sooty cat, unimpressed by all the recent action|
Two weeks passed in a flash, have I been in stasis? Have we done anything exciting?
Abi has been and gone and come back and gone again, Sooty is still having an affair with Brian and we've finally booked flights! Am I excited? No!
So Brian has finally finished his battery of healthchecks which are all clear, we've seen Alex for coffee, Jason for financial advice, Denise and Paul for a nice walk and good pub lunch. Can I remember anything about the walk? Not really, it's all about the chat.
|Out walking with Denise & Paul near Great Alne in Warwickshire|
We've been to the gym (scary), spent a day gardening for mum (really scary) and had a yellow fever jab (really really scary for B!) And then we've eaten. We went round to Steph's so Brian could help Sam move a radiator and I could help entertain Rory. What a sweetheart, but he doesn't stop. Lovely lunch and chippy tea. We went round to Fiona's for a birthday BBQ for Jenny, Abbie, Fi and James, everyone except Becky really! James was cooking from the moment we arrived till we left, yummy it was too, along with cake for all.
|The lovely 11th century church at Great Alne|
As if this wasn't enough we went out for a curry in the evening with Mum and Abi and Helen and Ian. H&I volunteer to be stand in emergency help for Mum while we are away so touching base every now and then seems a good plan. It also seemed a good idea for Abi to come along as everyone has heard so much about each other.
|Jackie, Denise and Paul|
Yesterday, B's birthday, we spent with H&I, we walked into Birmingham along the canal from Bourneville. Mexican quesadillas for lunch by the canal, new for H&I and good training for us. Before meeting up with Manu and Crystal to look at the massive disruption in the centre of Birmingham where they have demolished the old library and one of the major ring road underpasses, pleasant pint and home on the train. A first for Monty Dog, also a first on an escalator! Back to H&I where B baked himself a smaller version of the favourite Oreo birthday cake, with moral support from the rest of us. Helen made pizza dough, Manu and Crystal turned up with freshly cooked dumplings for starters and we all created our own pizza, followed by cake and a random sampling of the liqueur cabinet! If that wasn't enough we are off to Tim and Jill's in Derby for a 'Monday Club' buffet, then lunch with Judith and Richard tomorrow, out for a curry with Dani and John on Tuesday........
|Very pleasant Warwickshire countryside and country houses|
|James, my daughter Fiona's partner permanently BBQ'ing|
So why were quesadillas good training for us I hear you ask? We have our next Housesit planned, 5 weeks in Mexico over Christmas looking after three dogs, a mere 8000km from where we may be in Santiago, a fifth of the way round the world, but hey it sort of makes sense!
So along with Sooty fussing, an ongoing DIY project for Abi, and shopping, I have a rucksack on order, but no new clothes to put in it, B has clothes but no bag, it's all been fairly busy!
|Nephew Nick in the hot tub with Sam and Rory looking on|
Stop Press. B now has a bag too, H&I have bought him the same as mine , so it's just clothes for me then....
|Brians youngest granddaughter Jenny enjoying the hot tub at the party|
|Birthday girl Abbie talking to her Grandmother (Brians ex wife). In the middle is Becky, Brians middle granddaughter with boyfriend Harry|
|Malcolm holding the cake for Abbie on the right. Steph (pregnant with her second child) is taking the photo|
|In the cool Gas Street canal basin just off Broad Street in Birmingham City Centre with Ian, Helen and Monty dog|
|A skull sculpture in Centenary Square with curry plants growing all over it. The smell was amazing. Behind is the old registry office currently under development|
|We met up with Manu and Crystal as well and here we all are next to the Town Hall peeking through the barriers at the work going on|
|Victoria Squre, Birmingham with Manu and Crystal chatting to Jackie while Helen, Ian and Monty dog look at a notice board|