Friday, April 12, 2013

The 1st Time in almost 4 1/2 Years And It Was Fantastic!

So we went to London for three weeks. I watched a lot of 'Escape to the Country' which my Mum records several times a week (and I managed to find it on cable in the wee morning hours as well). I saw some friends and managed to get out with them for a coffee or a quick smooch around the shops. Lots of family time as there were five festival days over Passover. It was all very low key.

Why so low key?

1. The weather.


2. Both my parents were ill. I've since skyped with them and both are completely recovered (thanks for asking). I do have a photo of both of them asleep in their chairs but they'd kill me.


3. I got an email from the people renting my apartment in Jerusalem. The bathroom had sprung a leak, they had called in an emergency plumber who'd fixed up a temporary solution but, bottom line, all the pipes are corroded and everything needs replacing. None of this was news to me, I'd just been ignoring it. However, as I could no longer do this, I was now terrified of spending any money in London. (More about this next week - it's all sorted with some parental help.)


4. DD spent time with my sister and her family without me. They took her bowling, to The Science Museum, the park, on trains and buses, out to lunch... She had three teenage cousins (and their friends) at her beck and call. She stayed over at their house for two nights on her own - first time in almost 4 1/2 years. My brother-in-law finished both nights in the spare room while DD climbed into bed next to my sister.




I had a ball. I should have rushed up to Town to view art galleries and exhibitions, or gone shopping on my own. But I didn't want to. I wanted to get up late, read the papers, have a long coffee for breakfast without interruption, watch Sky news instead of CeeBeeBies, no responsibility, no one climbing on me, wanting me to play, arguing over getting dressed... I did go out with friends on both days and had lunches in grown up places at grown up paces. I went to bed late and later without fear of being woken up before I was ready. In short, it was fantastic. Thank you M, C, E, N, and Th.




19 comments:

  1. That sounds absolutely magical! I'm glad you all had a good time x

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    1. Thank you. who would have thought that coffee and the papers uninterrupted could be magical - but it was. :)

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  2. wow what a great time you had! so pleased that you enjoyed your stay!

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    1. DD had a the best time with the cousins and that made it great for me. Thanks.

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    1. Debbie, is this you? LOL - the only clubs I do are the scrabble club and cards (I'd say bridge but I'm not very good at it so it would have to be whist or kaluki). Cocktails are good though.

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  4. So you mean to tell me the whole time I have missed you online you have been in my city? #cries xxx

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    1. Thanks Keren, lovely to see you and a treat to catch up with your family after all these years. xx

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  6. Sounds like you had such a wonderful time - and lovely that you got to spend so much quality time with yourself. DD looks adorable in the photos! X.

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    1. Thanks OM - it was lovely in a very low key sort of way.

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  7. So glad you had such a great time without rushing around. I know how those trips to family can be! Glad you got to savor your coffee and read the paper all the while knowing DD was having an amazing time too. Perfect!
    Gilly

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    1. Thanks Gilly. DD did sort of fit into my sister's family perfectly. I was glad to have her back though in the end. :)

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  8. DD fitted into our family perfectly because she was completely in charge! I think we fitted into her idea of how life should be. We loved having her.
    Miriam

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    1. Now you know why it was such a rest for me to have a couple of days off. Thank you again and you are welcome to have her for a few days any time you like (only a few days though as I did miss her - I should have mentioned that in the post). She hasn't stopped talking about her cousins in London.

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  9. it's good to be aware of what sort of a rest you need at any particular time and even better to get it when you need it! Glad you had a good trip.

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  10. Thanks for your wise words (as always) Gillian.

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