Monday, 27 September 2010

Early start


I'm off on the 7.30 Newcastle-Bristol flight tomorrow morning, to stay with my friend Lizzie in West Somerset until Thursday. She says she has a plan.... I hope it includes lots of teashops as well as beautiful villages, beaches, rolling wooded countryside and moorland, because the weather forecast is decidedly discouraging.

I also secretly, childishly, hope it will include this:


This trip has nothing to do with house buying or selling. I won't be going to look again at the house, still unsold, on which I have placed an offer; it would be too unsettling. We will walk, sightsee, eat, cosy up with the wood burner, cats and dog, and talk, talk, talk, and Lizzie can have a well-earned mini-break from all her heavy duty DIY.

Tosca will be with her foster-mum Sandra. She is moping already at the sight of the little suitcase. Lesley will stay in this house instead of her own four doors down, to be bullied and tormented by the cats. Flossie will stay at boarding school until Friday morning, when I will collect her to live  with us for ever.

Too much excitement! I'm off to lie down in a darkened room now; it's called having an early night. Back soon, with more of those blurry, ill-composed photos in which I specialise!

14 comments:

flwrjane said...

Um, I'm not so sure it will be so restful. I just visited Lizzy's blog and it looks like you might have your work cut out for you.

Have a lovely visit and hopefully you'll be able to do a post or two from the sweatshop, i mean Lizzy's home.

xo Jane

Deleilan said...

A train, a train! :-) It sounds like you'll be having a wonderful time. I look forward to seeing your photos... including one of a certain sable canine over there on the right!

Rattling On said...

Oh, I love steam trains as well. My Grandma lived in a railway cottage and her house overlooked the station turntable. Wonderful. My Granddad on the other side was a signalman and I used to be allowed in the signalbox to move the levers that changed the points. Steam trains had gone by then except for the visiting ones that came through. So Romantic...

Von said...

Have a beaut time and get her to take you to Stanton Drew, you might enjoy it.

Kate on Clinton said...

Safe and fun travels! Beansie always gets nervous when the suitcases come out even though we too have a cat-loving friend that comes to stay.

frayedattheedge said...

Have a wonderful time- and eat a scone or two for me!!

the veg artist said...

Maybe Tosca will be so pleased to see you back that she won't notice the new arrival????? Have a lovely time!

Susan said...

I'm off to lie in a darkened room ... snort !

love that ...

have a super fantastic time xo S & les Gang

Mac n' Janet said...

Have fun!

Dan said...

Have a fab time Rachel! And we look forward to seeing lots of blurry, ill-composed photos on your return!
Dan
-x-

"Sunshine" said...

Oh, how I love the picture of the rolling hills decked in the colors of autumn.
Visited England and Scotland a few years ago at this time of the year, and the colors and landscape was magical.
I remember seeing in the distance of the Scottish Highlands a long white line and asked the guide about it. "What is it" I asked.."Sheep" she replied. "Where are they going" I asked again to which she replied "Who knows, they just follow the leader and if the leader jumps over a cliff they go with him/her"... A big lesson for us not to walk blindly..

Marcheline said...

This looks like the Hogwarts Express! (The train that takes Harry Potter and his friends to school and back every year.)

Most excellent!

Dartford Warbler said...

Have a great holiday. Somerset is beautiful, even in the rain!

Isabelle said...

Have fun. Meanwhile, I mark and prepare lessons. Am I complaining? (Well, yes...)

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