Hello hello! Thursday already – can you believe it! It’s been a pretty uneventful week, and I think that has been reflected in the dull weather – I’m not at all impressed by the grey skies and rain that have crept in. Thank goodness for the bright flowers in the garden and the sunny daffodils indoors!
Anyway, I’m not here to talk about that, oh no. I’m going to tell you all about my trip north! I should probably explain at this point that I consider anywhere north of where I currently live to be “north” and that while some might not consider Chester to be “proper north”, it is most definitely “north” as far as I’m concerned!
Yes, we had a lovely trip to Chester to visit The Bert’s mum (Mama Bert) during my week off before the new job. We’d already had a visit from my parents earlier in the week, so it was nice to be able to see The Bert’s family too, especially as he also had a few days holiday to take. The visit started very well, catching up with The Bert’s sister – she moved to Edinburgh this week, so it was lovely to see her before her new adventure. And we were also able to catch up with The Bert’s dad before his intrepid trip to Nepal. Amusingly, Mama Bert was still on holiday herself when we arrived, but she came back the following day and continued to hold her title as hostess with the mostest, returning with pies and cakes from her travels.
It was a most relaxing trip:
— evenings by the fire…
— walks with Sadie the dog… (isn’t she gorgeous! Apologies for the slightly out of focus picture, it was hard to get her to sit still)
— delicious dinners… (this chicken cacciatore was particularly tasty)
— bonding with George the cat (he used to be too scared to come into the room when we were there, but now he’ll happily come and sit on my lap. It is progress from both of us, as I’m not a very cat person)…
— a lot of admiring the original tiles in Mama Bert’s hallway… swoooon!
— and a spot of shopping (golly we picked up some right bargains – I’m going to have to tell you about those on another occassion, just a sneak peek at the bud vases Mama Bert bought for now)…
I also took my crochet with me (is this weird, to go on holiday with your crochet?!) so that I could continue working on the granny stripe blanket. It really is coming along a treat. I’m up to 9 reptitions of the pattern now and I’m really enjoying working the rows. I shouldn’t say too much about it actually as it’s a surprise present for my friend and I can’t remember if she knows about this blog or not, uh oh! Don’t worry though, I’ll show you in detail as soon as I can!
Anyway, our trip to Chester was really lovely. Very relaxing, and lovely to see The Bert’s family. We ended our trip as we always do, with a stop in at Snugburys on our way home.
Come rain or shine (rain this time) we nearly always call in because the icecream is so good! Such a lot of flavours to choose from:
A difficult choice, but I went for honeycomb and banana caramel while The Bert had raspberry pavlova and damson & sloe gin. Rather precarious…
…but very yummy!
Another reason to look forward to our next trip north…