Only one week left! And we have had some very busy days here in Maidenhead.
It seems about 200 things need to be sorted out before we are going on our adventure. It started off with a leak under the floorboards back in January that has been going on for a bit. The wooden floors in the hallway were taken up and big fans were put there to dry them out. When another man came to see if they had been dried he said the wall between our toilet and kitchen was damp as well. He had another man come to take the plaster off the wall and put another fan to dry that. It has been noisy to say the least! The floors and walls are now dry! We have chosen the new floors and are waiting for them to be put down and walls to be fixed!
Then we have had people over to look at a new garage door as ours is 40 years old. Our tenants that are renting the house wanted to park their can in the garage so we needed a new door so they can use it. It is also better that I will be able to park there when we get back.
Yesterday we had people to look at the gas and electrics to issue a certificate to say it is all ok. It turns out that the guy who owned our house before did it himself and he has overloaded the fuse box. So we will have to wait to get that fixed as well.
We then had 70 boxes arrive from Norway with all our things. Henry was very excited to get all his toys back, me on the other hand wasn’t so excited to have to unpack them all. But we have ordered a skip so we are having a good clear out. Only saving things we really need or want. We have even cleared the garage out and got rid of lots of rubbish from there.
We gave a few things away on freecycle. It is a great website where you put things up that you don’t want or need and you give them away for free. And I think we have been to the recycling centre about 20 times with lots of things and rubbish from the garden.
Stephen and his dad have also been building shelves in the garage and in the attic, so now we can store things properly.
In-between all this we have been to parks, on playdates with Henrys friends and sorting out the garden. This morning we went into Maidenhead to get some last bits for the holiday and bumped into the Prime Minister (who is our local MP) doing a bit of campaigning.
It is so much fun finally being here at our home. Henry loves it.
Stephen and I decided a little while back to go on a holiday for his birthday, just the two of us.
We are going to be together as a family 24/7 for 8 months. With no breaks from our 3-year-old. It is exactly what we want but we thought that it would probably be a clever idea to go away alone beforehand.
So we chose Dubrovnik in Croatia for 4 days.
We stayed in a charming hotel called the Royal Blue Hotel. The hotel was newly renovated and only opened a week beforehand. You could really tell that it was new as well because they haven’t really got all the little touches there yet. All the towels were still nice and fluffy and the rooms were enormous. They had two pools and two more still to be open. The hotel was about 25 minutes away from the old town and there was a bus that ran regularly. We did say that it would be different in the summer because you could barely get a seat on the bus now as it was. Just imagine the summer with so many more tourists, it must be horrible!
The first day we just walked around town and took it as it came. In the evening, we went for a walk as we didn’t have any restaurant booked and found a wonderful place, the Nautika. The food was amazing, the wine great and the waiters so nice! I really recommend going there.
On the second day we walked in to the old town and walked around the wall. That was lovely. You could see the whole of the old town and there were a few spots where you could stop and look at the view while having a drink. We ate at the hotel because we were a bit tired. But comparing to the first restaurant then it wasn’t worth it.
The third day we went up the cable car to the top which was a bit chilly! The view was amazing because you could literally see the whole of Dubrovnik. We did try to have lunch up there but it was fully booked, so I would recommend booking a table up there. That evening we ate at a nice restaurant called Posat. The restaurant was known for its fresh sea food and it was amazing! The waiter came out with a tray full of fresh fish, lobsters and shrimps and it had a huge tank full of big lobsters.
Our flight left early on our last day so we only had time for some breakfast and then it was time to go.
It was a nice relaxing holiday, lovely chats, great wine and nice sleep ins in the morning, just what we needed.
It is so great being back in the UK and seeing our friends.
This weekend we went up to Swalcliffe and were spectators and cheerleaders to our friends who were running in the wolfrun.
The Wines’ left early on the Saturday morning. We arrived by 10.30 and met up with the gang at the carpark. They signed in and got ready to do the run. It is a 10km run with obstacles and lots of mud. Everyone was so brave.
We were just sitting on the side eating an ice cream and jumping on the bouncy castle (Henry) and took lots of pictures of them at the finish line where they all had to jump in to a big mud bath. Great fun to watch.
After all the running was done we went back to the pub (us) and the showers (the runners) and then we all had a few well deserved drinks. Henry’s friends Peter and Freya also came to the pub so they raced around in the garden.
The girls then walked back to the Woolston’s beautiful cottage and had a little play with Daisy the puppy. And started dinner. We put the kids to bed, or in our case we watched Peter and Freya go to bed nicely. And Henry refused to sleep so he stayed up and had sat next to the adults having dinner. He also witnessed some dancing but he quite quickly went to bed after he saw that.
It was Stephens birthday on the Sunday so Frances had very kindly made a carrot cake for him. We all sang happy birthday and then it goes a bit fuzzy after that.
We met up quickly on the Sunday and before heading home. It was a great weekend! And it was so warm. It was 20 degrees on the Saturday and we burned so badly.
I love being around all our friends, we always have lots of fun together.
Dave and Divashni came all the way (!) from Ireland and we haven’t seen David for years. I saw Divashni in Barcelona last year but feels too long. Neither of them had met Henry so that was nice.
Stephen and I said we might join in on the wolf run next year as it does looks like so much fun!
Henry and I have been home in England now for a few weeks. Yesterday Stephen came back as well, he had his last workday yesterday morning and flew back last night.
Today we went to London town and got new passports for Stephen and Henry. There were a huge queue when we got there but once we got inside it was no problems.
We had to wait for a few hours until Stephens was done so we had planned a special treat for Henry. There is a Shrek and DreamWorks place you can go and visit. You go in and they take you around on a special tour. It started on a bus ride with 3D glasses and they pretended you were flying with Donkey (from Shrek movies) driving the bus. They were squirting water and different characters came flying along with you.
It is very interactive and the children loved it. In the end, you get a cuddle and a picture with Shrek and other characters.
Henry wasn’t sure to start with but loved it in the end.
We then went for lunch along the Southbank and then picked up Stephens passport. It was lovely and sunny with people all around. Musicians playing and singing, people performing, tourists everywhere.
It is great to be back. It is a completely different vibe in UK then in Norway. It’s hard to describe it but for me it is an easier life. People are smiling and dancing on the streets, there is life and movements everywhere. It fills me with energy.