We’ve been in the UK for 10 days, starting in London and finishing in Nottingham. We got to catch-up with most people that we wanted to see, we have 2 friends from our London days that we didn’t get to see and planning is in place for when we will catch-up with them before we leave.
Our UK tour started in London on a very wet Monday, where we got a few little things done and then met with C&C – Pat’s daughter and son-in-law for dinner and an overnight stay at their lovely place in Wimbledon. On Tuesday we headed out to R&L’s in Buckinghamshire, which was lovely and I had my first bath in a very long time. We also got to see a couple of Pat’s nieces and the great nephew and have a lovely lunch out one day. Thursday we returned to London to catch-up with K from Aberdeen (H joined us on Friday). Thursday afternoon was afternoon tea, followed by a night at the theatre – we went to see The Book of Mormon – it is very irreverent and funny, we enjoyed it a lot. Friday was breakfast out and then we headed over to the Wallace Collection – it has been 20 years since I last saw it, and it was great to see again, we then headed out for an early dinner at a Greek restaurant – which we all really enjoyed but we were all very glad to head back to the hotel early. I think I slept for 10 hours that night. Saturday was a good bye to H as she headed back to Aberdeen and the rest of us headed for Leicester.
Saturday we got to stay with T&R and then we headed out for dinner on Saturday night to see B&S – who we hadn’t seen since their wedding back in September. It was a lovely night out. Sunday was a final brunch with K before she headed back to Aberdeen afterwards we decided that since the weather was so clear we would head out to Bradgate Park for a walk. Another place I haven’t been to in years and it was wonderful to walk around and see the deer and the ruins of Lady Jane Grey’s house. Late afternoon we went off to see L & P and I finally got to see their house and meet their dog. Monday we slept in as for me exhaustion was really starting to kick in, the afternoon was spent at M&V’s chatting and meeting their new baby girl and a rather more grown up son (last seen 3 years ago). Monday night was a lovely meal out with T&R at one of their favourite pubs.
Tuesday we then headed to Nottingham on Tuesday morning to see M&S, we had a lovely relaxing afternoon and evening. Wednesday, the plan had been to either go to Kedelston Hall or a final visit to Chatsworth (one of my favourite houses) unfortunately both were closed! So a visit to Ilam was decided on and a walk to Dovedale and the stepping stones – another place I haven’t been to for a long time and it was wonderful to see the Derbyshire Dales. Thursday was our final day and we went out for our last brunch and then off to the airport and homeward bound.
Both Siena and Wallis were very happy to see us, Siena unfortunately came home with a limp and had to go to the vet’s on Friday morning, she is recovering and got back to her walks on Saturday.
It was a lovely tour of the UK and most people we had seen during 2019 so this really was just a chance to say goodbye for the next few years.
For now, à bientôt, from our wonderful part of France – Delia