Tuesday, 25 October

In the last month we have only spent ten nights on the boat and have spent more nights at home in Beverley.  In the last month we’ve driven nearly 1200 miles travelling backwards and forwards across the Pennines.

Our land base is now looking a little spartan as we’ve been through all our belongings and have thinned them down to those we consider most precious.

Last weekend we had a break from housing matters and travelled to just south of Wem in Shropshire for the wedding of our dear friends Nikki & Sarah at The Inn at Grinshall.  We met up with  Pip and Mick from NB Lillyanne at the Premier Inn at Harmer Hill and travelled to the wedding in our car, leaving theirs at the hotel so they could take us to collect our car in the morning.

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Pip and I both worked with Nikki & Sarah at Hull Truck Theatre and it was nice to meet up with so many of our theatre friends who had all gathered to celebrate this very special day.  We had a lovely time.

Yesterday we returned home to Beverley as we still have things to sort out.

In between we’ve caught up with Laura, Marc and family.  Joseph is so close to crawling.  At the moment he manages to get around by rolling across the room and in between makes every effort to work out what he needs to do to crawl on his front.

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Monday 17 October

We’ve been staying on dry land for a week while we begin boxing up the contents of our house and have also viewed a couple of potential properties on the market.  So far we’ve not found anywhere we fancy turning into our next home and are now considering putting everything into store in the short term.

 

Sunday 2 October

The last two weeks have been quite hectic.

Since April we’ve been trying to sell our house as we wish to downsize. Whilst we were at home we received and accepted an offer and we’re now mulling plans over for the future.   Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be spending quite a bit of time back at home packing up our belongings.

Anyway we returned to Chester last Saturday and spent two nights on the boat and then on Monday we packed our bags again and this time headed in convoy to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest with Laura, Marc and the children for a non-stop action-packed four days of fun and of exercise, leaving Max in the care of Marc’s family.

On Monday morning, as we joined the M1 just north of Sheffield we think we probably passed over the canal just as our friends Pip and Mick on NB Lilyanne were working their way through Tinsley Locks below us.   Had we been on our own we would have stopped to lend a hand.  We’re going to see them soon so I don’t think they’ll be too upset.   We waved anyway.

Our Centre Parc stay was very pleasant and despite the huge number of cars in the carpark we weren’t overwhelmed by people  and we didn’t have to queue for any of the activities.  This was probably because most of the families staying had children under school age and quite a lot were pram bound babies who were happy sleeping!

This weekend we were due to look after our grandchildren while Marc and Laura enjoyed a grown up week-end in Sheffield/Leeds with friends.  They waved us off from Centre Parcs and we drove back to Beverley where we stayed on Friday night before returning to Chester on Saturday morning.  Storm had one little job to finish on the house which he did on Friday morning.    We surprised my Mum who we’d invited to come round on Friday afternoon.  She wasn’t expecting to find Summer and Joseph there and so she was absolutely delighted to see her great grandchildren.

Today we’ve returned to the boat where it seems so quiet.   I’ve hurt my back lifting the children and so we’re not planning to do much this week.