on Friday I awoke at the crack of dawn and was shortly afterwards on my way to Bath for Matthew’s birthday celebrations. Of course I did not go with an empty car, this time I carried a lawn mower to cut Verity’s lawn and several bags of contributions towards the birthday BBQ. I made good time on the journey, expecting at any moment to meet a storm, deluge, hail stones and a plague of frogs but in fact the predicted storms held off until the evening. I got there in good time and set about mowing the lawn ready for the birthday boy to arrive at 12.45. We just about got everything ready when the taxi arrived. As I have already mentioned, the rain held off until 8 o’clock so we were very lucky and feasted upon Champagne, Prosecco, steak, venison and pork kebabs supported by salads and pitta bread. After eating our fill we decided to go and see the latest Jurrasic Park movie which had come out that day. It was a load of tosh but good fun and the dinosaurs were pretty good so all in all a fitting birthday film. We got a taxi home and spent the evening drinking and playing heads up with Verity’s iPhone. It was good fun and became quite ridiculous at times.
After a fitful sleep in Eleni’s bed we had a good breakfast and then moved some of Verity’s furniture around for her. We had soup for lunch and I set off for Devon whilst the others were going to the Roman Baths as by now it had stopped raining.
On the home front, Hyw has at last bought a new car, in that it is a different car and the Peugeot has gone to Simon Cann’s.
After a break of 28 years I found myself driving to Cambridge and expecting to see many familiar landmarks en route, not least, Bedford, where I spent the first 7 years of married life. We set of at 9.30 up the M5 and turned on to the A40 one junction before Gloucester. We turned North at Oxford and from there on we were on newly built roads virtually all the way to Cambridge. We got there in 4.5 hours, 5 if you count the time it took to find a parking space! We whizzed past Buckingham, Milton Keynes, and Bedford and I did not recognise any of it. It was busy in Cambridge but not too bad and the reason it took so long to get parked was that the system is one way for the most part and the P signs kept on dissapearing! We got a parking place opposite Parkers Piece so it was only a short trip across to Christs College to find Xian.
We were both dying of thirst but we had a quick look around the college first before setting off for a pint at a riverside pub, it was lovely to be in Cambridge again after so long and I am pleased to say that it hadn’t changed at all. We then found our hotel, where there was plenty of parking, and washed and freshened up before taking a taxi into town for an evening meal. We found a place fairly quickly and afterwards we went for a drink in the college bar and Xian bought us a claret with the college coat of arms on it.
We slept fairly well and had breakfast at the hotel before setting off to meet up with Xian again. We were not meeting him until later so we parked in the same place as before and visited the botanic gardens. They were lovely and huge. Another couple of weeks and they would be even better. After that we met up with Xian for lunch and took a suitcase full of books for him, back to Devon. We set off about 1.30 and were in Cirencester, where we were staying that night at about 4. We had a look around the town once all the traffic had gone and had a Thai meal. The next day we headed for home and to see our little cat.