Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!

What an amazing 4 1/2 weeks..... but oh so nice to be home.... comfortable bed, a shower that - 1) isn't on a timer, 2) doesn't need the engine running to be hot, 3) isn't the size of a shoe box or 4) isn't over a bath and goes straight down and tea and toast for breakfast!!!!!!!!!

Really, we had the most wonderful time.  We started in England, arriving Thursday 19th August to be meet by our friends Yvonne and Michael at Heathrow  airport and had to navigate our way to Peter's sister who lives in Lee in London.
The "navigators" had to stop on the side of the road to consult with the GPS to find the way.  It was so great to catch up with SIL and her hubby.  We spend the night there before heading north.  We stopped of at Rugby - the town which gave the sport of Rugby it's name.... Peter is a devoted rugby fan... still plays occasionally, so it was special for him to visit this town and the school where rugby started.... Now my hubby is very inquisitive and seeing an open door way into the school, poked his nose in to see if we could get a photo of the school ( luckily it was still the holidays) and guess what.......  the porter ( Dave) gave us a guided tour!!!!!!  Through the school, the chapels, the auditorium, on to the fields.... the whole nine yards. 
 
A fabulous tour, followed by lunch at the markets in Rugby township.  I managed to find a stall selling scrapbooking and card supplies and picked up a mat stack by DCWC called "Once upon a Time" - full of lovely card, some with glitter as well.

Onwards towards Oldham by the evening to pick up "Dizzy" our home for the following 8 nights..... 
but more on that in my next post.....I intend to cover all aspects of the trip over the next few posts.

On a side note, many thanks to all of you who have been keeping my SIL Mary in your prayers.  The good news is that her tumours are non-malignant and her surgery went well and she is now in rehab and progressing well.  She has had to learn to walk again and is now onto using a walking stick.  

Now it's time to do some more catching up on the blogs.  So many to read - so much wonderful eye candy to check out....


12 comments:

Lin said...

Welcome home, Dawn! Traveling is nice, but home is best, isn't it? Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

Barb said...

Hi Dawn! I'm so glad you're back! I've missed you a lot! Great first post of your trip! I'm glad you're planning on telling us more about it soon! Nice to hear your SIL is getting better. Welcome home, my friend!

Tiffany said...

Oh Dawn! It went by way too fast - didn't it? I was thinking of you many days and wondering how much fun you were having! Welcome home and glad you made it back safely, great seeing the pics and the stories!

Virginia L. said...

So glad that you are back safely! I'm sure you have lots to catch up. Thanks for taking the time to post some lovely photos! Glad that your SIL is doing fine! Sending hugs! Welcome home!! xoxo

Heather Maria said...

Welcome back, Dawn!!!!! I love going on holidays but there's nothing like home comforts at the same time! I enjoyed reading part one of your adventures and can't wait to hear more! I'm delighted that Mary is doing so well too, I'll keep praying for her.

CinnamonSally said...

Wow that time has flown by, so pleased you had a fabulous trip, can't wait to see more photos. So glad you tried a peach Bellini, (my mouth is watering at the thought)Welcombe back Dawn!
Sallyx

Jacqueline said...

So happy to hear you had a fantastic time Dawn! Nice to hear of your stories with different showers!!

Sue said...

Welcome Home.
Glad you had a great time, You have missed all the rain in Auckland!!
Catch up with you next month at Stamp Group.

Suzanne C said...

Looks like a fab start to your adventure!

Deirdre said...

Dawn, great to see your photos ... and thrilled to hear your SIL is doing well. Sending hugs to you all.

AnitaRex said...

What a lovely start to your trip! So cool you got a guided tour!

donna mikasa said...

I enjoyed all of your posts, Dawn--even though I went backwards! I smiled when I read that you found some scrapbooking papers! Guess it's hard to resist and makes a good souvenir! Welcome home! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful trip!