TUESDAY JUNE 21ST
We were visited at 7 o ‘clock as usual by Noah and Imi. It’sreally nice that they have never lost the habit of coming into our bedroom early in the morning to see us. When they were small, it would often be as early as six o ‘clock , and they would be armed with books to be explored. These days, it’s more of a fleeting visit, but welcome none the less. We were prepared for them this morning, as we had learned that both of them were saving to buy the latest electronic gadgetry and were both £20 short of their target. So we did another grandparently thing and gave them both a crisp £20 note, at which we got a very nice Thankyou and they both scuttled off.
We then realised that, having seven granchildren which all have to be treated equally, this is going to be an expensive operation! It brought it home yet again, that we live in a contented bubble in Spain where we are our own masters and we can pass ideallic days without spending very much at all. Every time we come to the UK we are shocked by how much we spend, and by the clever way we are urged to buy, buy, buy! We miss our family hugely, so it’s good to treat them, but we have to psych ourselves up for such a different lifestyle.
It was another travelling day, but we had a morning to ourselves. Once the packing was done, we loaded the car and set off for Milton Keynes to see whether Rod could find a pair of jeans to buy. Tryph told us about a shopping centre she goes to instead of doing battle in the huge centre, with its crowded and expensive car parks.
We found the centre easily, right next door to the MK Dons football. Stadium. How easy! Just a line of shops – M &S, H&M, River Island, Top Shop, Primark, etc, and a line of everyday restaurants. Rod had quickly exhausted them, found nothing and was ready to sit outside on a bench with his Kindle, whilst I persevered and did manage to get some jeans.
Tryph joined us for lunch at Nando ‘s. Nando ‘s chain has only been in the UK for a few years, so we had never tried it. We ordered a plate of chicken and chips to share, with a salad which was mainly leaves and bottomless soft drinks, and it all came to about £12 each. You could have got a banquet in Spain for that! We enjoyed spending time with Tryph, before she had to rush off to collect the children and we had to begin our long trek northwards to visist Shirley and Dave in Woore.
The motorway was full, so we had to practise our patience for the three hours it took to get to Woore. Shirley and Dave always give us a wonderful welcome, and we always remember what good friends they have been in all the 40-odd years we have known them.
We were soon sitting down to a delicious meal, having already emptied a couple of bottles of wine! What a good life!
I am always impressed with Shirley ‘s beautiful dining table, it is so elegant, with only the best crystal and China. My own style always turns into what can only be described as rustic, so I always enjoy the contrast of this fine dining! She has a new aquisition now…..
Home -made scones with clotted cream and fresh fruit! Mmmmmm! All seved on a three -tiered cake stand.
We are getting close to the referendum now. Rod can ‘t contain his excitement about the voting on the 23rd, And was amazed and delighted to see that Dave has stuck a “Leave the EU ” poster in his window. As soon as the meal was over, he asked permission to watch a live debate on the Tele! It’s lucky that the Rowleys ARE such good old friends and kindly let Rod do this unsociable thing!