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Surprise! It's me!

It's funny when you can surprise someone. We were warming up for the funeral today, and we were positioned on one side of the cathedral, about half way down, by the grand piano. I was watching all the people file in (it was a huge funeral) and lo and behold, there was my GP standing in the doorway on the other side of the cathedral. He looked up and saw me just then, and I could see this myriad of emotions cross his face, as if I'd invaded a space where he never expected to see someone he knew outside of the bereaved family, especially someone holding a guitar! He just stared at me, and so I grinned, and he grinned, and then I waved, so he waved back. When he came over our side of the church, we had a chat. It was weird. We haven't talked outside of the surgery for years and years. Probably more than twenty-five, when we were more friendly and I lived near him and well, we were younger. He's still kind of cute.

I woke up early this morning, about half past five, so I lay there and thought about writing, and that was good. I had ideas. Lots of them. So I'm looking forward to some writing time... maybe tomorrow. Today is a write-off, and there is still soccer trials for Finn, a German interview for Christy where I'll be a dumb bug on the wall, soccer training for Asher... I wonder if I could convince Christy to learn Spanish instead...

Road trip update... still in the planning stages! But I have a route and I've pencilled in some places to stay along the way. Might book those tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting Out. Of. This. House.


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Mar. 19th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
So what's your proposed route for the road trip?

Have a day off "the House" for the sake of your sanity....Do what must be done, and then go out somewhere that you won't feel tempted to do more housework or tidying...a cafe in town, the beach, a walk through the bush... whatever really...just time for you away from "THIS HOUSE"
Mar. 19th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
I'll do that on Thursday. Good idea. A bush walk sounds nice. Maybe I could take my laptop into Wilton Bush!

The road trip, I'm thinking up to Wanganui, then a little further north to Hurleyville (a farming area out of Patea, South Taranaki) to see an old friend, then back to sleep in Wanganui. Next day north-north-east via Raetihi and National Park, sneaking behind the mountains, up to Taumaranui to research Breathing Space, stay there for the night. Then go east to Kuratau, up the west side of the lake as far as Upper Atiamuri then I'll veer right over to Rotorua to visit friends and then go up through Oropi to Tauranga. As for the return journey.... *shrug* I'd love to go west over the Kaimais and cross the country right out to Raglan and down through New Plymouth!
This all depends if my friends are at their respective homes when we come through. I'll have to make some calls!
Mar. 19th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Your trip sounds lovely, I will look forward to hearing about your progress north!

A laptop in Wilton's Bush sounds great!! - let's hope for good weather on Thursday!!
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Leg one of the journey confirmed, my friend on the farm will be home *g*

And if it's wet on Thursday I'll pack a picnic and take it to my bedroom!
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
And if it's wet on Thursday I'll pack a picnic and take it to my bedroom!
It's always good to have a contingency plan... but don't let yourself get distracted by changing the bed or sorting your sock drawer!!!
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
- but don't let yourself get distracted by changing the bed or sorting your sock drawer!!!
Oh yes, I won't be being distracted by anything, hopefully!
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Planning and anticipating a trip is half the fun. We're planning a holiday in northern Spain in late April/early May and I'm already excited.
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Spain? Northern Spain? OMG! How wonderful that would be! Wow. We'd have to start planning a trip to Spain about six months in advance LOL!
Mar. 19th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
We're planning on four or five days in Barcelona, looking at Gaudi architecture, then another four or five exploring the coast, where Colin used to stay as a teenager, to see how much it has changed. It's the only major area of Spain I don't know at all so I'm quite excited. My only experience of Barcelona is a change of flights at the airport. We'll book a 'main' hotel, then book cheap flights round about the date and maybe find somewhere overnight if the flights/bookings don't fit. For the coast, we'll hire a car and find B&B as we go.It won't be 'high' season so there shouldn't be any problems. We have driven to Spain in the past but it takes ages and subtracts time from the Spanish part of the holiday.I know it must seem strange to you - but then you go to Australia to go to the theatre! LOL!!
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh that sounds so great. Funny though, we'd book the flights first, because there aren't many options from here so you could miss out getting 'out'!! Then we could go to wotif.com for the accommodation, because that's easier to get later!

It does sound exciting.

-I know it must seem strange to you - but then you go to Australia to go to the theatre! LOL!!
Hee, that does sound indulgent LOL! But oh, it was wonderful!
Mar. 20th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
We want to book at least a couple of nights in a hotel some friends have recommended - with superb views of one of the Gaudi apartment blocks. So that's the first consideration. Flights are easy as long as you don't care what time of day/night you go. We live near Manchester airport so that's not a problem. Sometimes you can get less popular flights for 1p plus airport taxes, or you can fly to a different airport and reach your destination by train. They have to get the planes in place for the return flights, after all! We'll book everything online apart from the B&Bs on the coast. We did the Caribbean island hopping that way - twice. Poland was easier as we drove and took the tent in case of emergencies. As I said, we aren't driving to Spain this time. It's a two day drive through France plus the ferry at either end (and getting to the south coast here first) so it adds/subtracts nearly a week altogether for travel. I shall keep you informed!
Mar. 20th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
-Flights are easy as long as you don't care what time of day/night you go.
Ooh, I'm jealous! A lot of cheap flights out of here only operate one or two days a week.

-Sometimes you can get less popular flights for 1p plus airport taxes
Did you say 1p? Like one penny?! Nah, that can't be it, surely.

OMG imagine taking a tent to Poland *giggle*

It's all just so different, travelling in Europe, to travelling from here! And we have no borders to cross.

-I shall keep you informed!
Please do, it's fascinating!
Mar. 23rd, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Yes. 1p. But then you have to pay taxes and everything so it really ends up about £40 or so. You just have to keep checking the internet, keep a steady head and not be too adamant about exactly when you want to fly.

On the eastern side of Poland, in a campsite near Gdansk, I was chatting to the people in the next tent after breakfast (like you do) - she was also a teacher and had worked in England and her English was excellent. She told me our English car had amazed lots of Poles on the site and they all thought we were exotic. Us! Exotic! *giggles*
Mar. 19th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Half past five! That is early!

Yay for road trip!
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting away! AWAY!!!
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