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Friday, 24 December 2010

Getting too old for this!

Well dear blogging friends, the good news is that we made it to France and my little family is all here together.  My daughter, son-in-law and 13 year old granddaughter (not forgetting their little French Bulldog puppy, Alfred), and my younger daughter and her partner, her two step-sons, aged 19 and 13 and their two little ones, aged two and almost one!!  So, as you can see, it's going to be a bit manic in this household for the next few days.  But aren't I a lucky mum to have all my little family together at Christmas?!

My husband and I are really getting a bit too old for that type of journey though!!  We leapt out of bed at 5 a.m. yesterday, all excited,  and set off at 6 a.m.  We finally arrived at our destination in France at 9.30 p.m.  Yes, that's right 9.30 p.m.  Let's put it this way, I've had better days!!

In spite of the awful weather forecast, our journey up to Folkestone (6 hours away from our home in deepest Devon) went really well.  No snow at all, and hardly any traffic on the road.  We were feeling very pleased with ourselves!!

But (and there is always a' but' in my life!!) it all started to go downhill from there on.  The Eurotunnel train was running almost three hours late due to the amount of people travelling at this time of the year.  We then hit a snow storm after leaving the tunnel, so a two and a half hour journey took us almost five hours!!

Oh, did I tell you that my poor husband has developed cataracts and can hardly see when he is driving in the dark, especially when all the lights are coming towards him. ( Hopefully, he will have an appointment for his operation in the new year. )  So he was only able to drive at 60 miles per hour, instead of the usual 80.   I kept on saying to him that I would drive, but he was having none of it.

Let's just say that I have had better journeys!   Never mind, they were all waiting for us with champagne and a lovely meal when we eventually got here.  The outside of the house was all decorated with Christmas lights and looked really welcoming.  I didn't feel like taking a photo this evening when we arrived (!), but I will take one tomorrow so that you will be able to see it. 

I'm sorry that I haven't been able to comment on your Blogs today, but hope you will understand.  I will be out of action now for a couple of days but will look forward to catching up on all your news very soon.

Joyeaux Noel!! (See, I'm fluent in French already!!).

13 comments:

SkippyMom said...

As long as you are both safe and sound, that is the important thing. I can't believe the length of that trip. Wow. It would exhaust anyone.

Sounds as tho' you are settled in for a very nice Christmas, yay! My best wishes to you and yours for a very Merry day.

Hugs and love!

Becky said...

Aww... Sweetie, I'm so glad that you made it there, safely! Sounds like you had quite the journey, too! I can't wait to see photos of the house all decorated! But, take your time and enjoy your family first and take pics after you've gotten some rest. I pray that you and your sweet family have a wonderful and blessed Christmas together! ~ BIG ((HUGS)) to you!! ~ Becky

Odie Langley said...

Seems a big hug would be appropriate after all that girl. So glad you are there safe and hopefully sound. Take your time and enjoy all the family and bubbly. We'll wait for you to catch up. Merry Christmas to you and all of your precious family.
Odie

caterpillar said...

I hope you have fun time with your family...Merry X'mas to you and your family....

Shady Del Knight said...

I missed you yesterday, Thisisme, and I'm sorry you had to endure such a long and exhausting journey. My hope is that you will cruise through the rest of your getaway trouble free and that you have a wonderful Christmas. I am delighted to add you as a new friend this year. Thank you for reaching out!

Bouncin' Barb said...

So glad you arrived safe and sound considering the weather we are hearing about. I hope you enjoy every single second of your family time. Merry Christmas This!!!! Sending you one really special Christmas hug!!

Susan said...

Great to see that you arrived safely and warm, welcoming arms awaited you. Have a wonderful Christmas journey. I, too, will be anxious to see your pictures!

Gawgus things... said...

YAY! You made it! Have a wonderful Christmas :)

Thisisme said...

Thank you ALL for your really lovely comments. They really are so very much appreciated. Happy Christmas one and all!!

Annie Joy said...

I'm so happy that you made it and that you're with your family! May you all have a truly blessed Christmas! Annie

Thisisme said...

Thanks Annie, and the same to you.

vintch said...

Merry, merry Christmas sweet friend! I'm so glad you made your trip and got to spend this special time with your family. Many blessings to you this holiday season:)

Thisisme said...

Thank you vintch. I hope you have had a special day too.