Wet and chilly, a surprise to our systems after such a long and lovely summer. Ferry to Liverpool on time – so it should be as it hadn’t left it’s berth earlier in the day – and arrived in Liverpool in the rush hour. Slight detour to a toy shop for a skate board, dinner in Frankie & Bennys and a quick drive to Hoylake for our night’s stay.
Never been to Hoylake before, quite impressed so will explore more later. Hotel modern but bed comfort not brilliant. Nevertheless a good night’s sleep.
Drive to Gatley for a long overdue visit to Cousin Bernard and his wife Caryl who were in good form and looking well. Hadn’t seen them since my 60th.
M6 and M42 relatively clear but slow on M42 and A34 so arrival at Frankie & Bennys in Reading for evening meal a little late and we only had about an hour with Flic, Gary and his mum, Barbara. Flic is much better following her operation which is good.
Overnight in Southampton near the Ageas Cricket stadium, not as modern as Hoylake but much bigger and with a more comfortable bed.
Drive to Weymouth for a ferry departure in warm and sunny weather.
Somehow we get put in wrong lane at Weymouth but it works to our advantage as we end up downstairs rather than up in the front of the boat, hopefully we will be off early. Seating on Condor ferries is not as good as Isle of Man Steam Packet seating but we do have internet access which is something.
Reclining seats are so near the one in front, we move to alternative seats.
Lovely views of St Peter Port as we call in on Guernsey before arriving in St Helier on time and, yes, we are off early.
Ali takes Harry to Nursery and we are off for Breakfast at Colleens at Greve de Lecq ( http://www.jersey.com/english/eatingout/restaurants/Pages/ColleensCafe.aspx ) followed by a town visit to get Sal’s iPad working.
Take Harry to Coronation park and back for dinner with Ali dressing up for a fancy dress evening.
Sarah out at life saving, Harry helped with the mannequins as he can sort of do the resuscitation on the dolls.
Take Harry to Gorey beach for a play in the sea, on the swings and in the sand.
Harry has not had a love of the sea although does like swimming in pools.
This time however he did manage about 15 minutes paddling, mostly, but not always, holding onto Grandpa’s hand.
Dinner with Jim, Laura and Kevin at Cafe Poste in Gorey.
We hadn’t been there before, usual good Jersey standard and very popular.
Ali off tonight to France for a week’s climbing and as Sarah out lifesaving, we have Harry on our own for a bit after another Gorey visit with some nice cloud formations.
Early start to take Harry to nursery and then into town for a few things, collect Harry and take him to Ransome’s to see the animals. He loved the snakes.
Breakfast at Colleens again after dropping Harry off.
Quick visit to Corbiere, lovely sight of high tide and a cloudless sky. Collect Harry from Nursery, lovely when he says “I missed you Nana” and take him to Laura & Jim’s for a play with Alby and Evie, Morag’s children. Alby walking now but still not really talking too much yet.
Rain!! We haven’t seen this for some time. Cleared up later in time to watch Harry swimming at Les Quennavais after lunch with Sue Thorne at Goose on the Green.
B & Q visit for tiles for Sarah & Ali’s kitchen floor using my over 60 card, apparently I have some uses! Curry night @ Laura & Jim’s but somehow Sal manages to get some sort of virus which will lay her low for a day or so.
Sarah drops me off at airport for a day trip to Bristol, car hire and drive to Cinderford for Carole’s funeral. Well attended at the Crematorium with over 80 people. Both Rob and Jamie were not good, Jamie more so in the service, Rob afterwards. Enough locals and a good supporting Catholic Father but we must keep our eye on him for Clearwell’s sake. Only 10 on flight back but told it was full on way out of Bristol in the morning.
Leave Harry at Nursery for last time, not sure he understands that we won’t be there when he gets home tonight. Coffee at St Peter’s Garden Centre with Pam who lost her husband, Stuart, last March. Back to pack final things and down to ferry which was heaving, all seats full, apparently, over 700 passengers.
A McDonald’s for dinner and a drive to Apsley for a couple of nights.
Plan: Meet Mel in London about lunchtime, get tickets for a Matinee, dinner, go to Forbidden Broadway (tickets already bought).
Actual: Mel’s plane is 5 hours late, so just as well no Matinee tickets bought. Take late train in from Apsley, have lunch, meet Mel at Victoria just before 6, dinner followed by Forbidden Broadway and crowded (standing room only) 12 coach train back to Apsley.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Forbidden Broadway, it is a musical with a difference as it features, and makes fun of, some of the best productions from both Broadway and the West End including The Book of Mormon, Once, Matilda, Wicked, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and many more. Well worth going to see if you have a chance (on at the Vaudeville Theatre until late November).
Surprisingly smooth crossing back home from Liverpool on the fast ferry, even more surprising as the conventional ferry that evening to Heysham was cancelled because of bad weather.