It was lovely to be home, sleep in our own bed and cuddle the cat after 6 weeks away. On top of this we enjoyed 4 nights with all four of us in the same house at the same time – the longest we’d managed all summer. This quickly came to a close with the kids holidaying in Jersey and Greece which left Roger and I to head off to Eunoia for a trip with my mum. This was her first visit to the boat and hopefully it didn’t disappoint. Mum came up on the train and we collected her from Burton on Trent before heading up the Mersey and Trent Canal and then into the Coventry canal. Mum jumped off at all the locks and helped with the paddles and gates and we were blessed with glorious weather. A real treat. Here’s a picture of Mum and I enjoying the peace in the sun.
Our next occasion was Radio 2’s festival in a day at Hyde Park. We went with our good friends Chris and Sara and having sorted out that the trains were going to be useless due to works, Chris drove us up to Richmond then we hopped the underground and bus to Hyde Park. We got through all the security checks just in time to see Chrissie Hyde starting off the music. They were followed by Bellowhead, Gregory Porter, Paloma Faith, Kacey Musgrave, Blondie, Billy Ocean and the headliners Jeff Lynn’s ELO. It was a fab day out and ELO were simply fantastic. Jeff Lynn was so humble and seemingly overwhelmed by the audience response. To hear songs that I remember as being so intricate and complicated played live, and sounding so wonderful was great. On top of all the great acts we also enjoyed seeing loads of the Radio 2 DJ’s that we’re so familiar with including Sir Terry Wogan, Chris Evans, Johnny Walker and Ken Bruce. A brilliant day. If ELO do tour again, I will be there and I would recommend them to you all.
Since then we’ve had a hasty trip to Sheffield to drop Polly back to Uni and we managed another chunk of our Isle of Wight Coast path – 2 down, 3 to go. Jack drove us to Lymington to make the early ferry to Yarmouth and we walked the coast path to Cowes. We had a lovely day on what turned out to be a very long walk. We estimate it to have been 18.5 miles (my phone with its mapping ran out of battery at 17!) but we were very proud of ourselves as we boarded the ferry. It’s such a shame that the IW ferries are so expensive, especially if you want to travel with both companies having walked between their respective ports. So prohibitive that we’ll wait to do the other bits until we have time to go over and stay in the camper for a few days and do the last 3 chunks in a big hit.
Other than that I’ve visited my favourite local National Trust, Hinton Ampner, with the lovely Katherine who’s now gone off to University at Bath, and visited the other local one, Mottisfont, with the gorgeous Roger. For any locals, it’s well worth another visit as they’ve opened up some new rooms on the first floor and it all looks a bit different. It’s so lovely to be able to make repeat visits to these beautiful houses. We’ve caught up with our friends and I’ve got back into my banding. All lovely.
The next week is set to be busy, but I’ll update you next time!