Well now where does one start!
The fun began last Thursday when I left Kerry for the first leg of this road trip and took the bus to Cork... the giggles started almost immediately after we caught up in Wilton Shopping Centre... we then had to get up at stupid o'clock the next morning so I decided to have an early night and headed to bed about 12.30 a.m... up bright eyed and bushy tailed for a quick cup of tea (made by LSH) before departure with one crammed to capacity jeep, almost forgetting the ED's plants... Martine wended her way through the narrow roads of Ballinhassig and environs and after we got some diesel I took over the driving to Rosslare... the puns and jokes flew, the journey to the ferry was over before we knew it and it was bright and sunny when we arrived... lovely day for a ferry crossing!
|Yummy Steak and Ale pie|
|The very strange Rose Hotel|
|Looking unconcerned in the taxi, despite the driver's confusion|
|My next car! On display for London Fashion Week|
...then off towards Manchester to stay the night with Martine's brother in the Peak District... what a beautiful place... almost as nice as where I live... pleasant evening spent with him and his wife, a few drinks and a catch up...
|Martine's brother's house! No, just kidding, this is Chatsworth!|
On to Nottingham to visit my son (and first meeting with his new girlfriend) went out for dinner on our best behaviour (for me anyway) had lots of laughs and have to say its wonderful to see him so happy and contented looking...
|Toasted Tea Cake and Tea|
|Winnat's Pass, near Castleton|
Back to Martine's brother for the night, a few drinks, lovely Indian take away and a supposed early night... late start this morning (we weren't up till 7 a.m.) and then shared driving to Holyhead for the fast ferry to Dublin... it has been a great week with lots of driving, laughing, reminiscing and believe it or not a lot of sunshine...
|In Chatsworth Gardens|
1st time driving a jeep
1st time having steak and ale pie
1st time at a west end show
1st time having a toasted tea cake
1st time writing in a blog
1st holiday without a significant other or children in tow
1st stately home
1st Cornish Pasty
1st garden maze (and made it out unscathed thankfully)
1st trip down a mine shaft in a boat
1st time eating Amber Bikkies (Yum)
|Barry Flanagan sculpture by the lake at Chatsworth|
|Friends for nearly fifty years - it'll never last!|