Farewell Spain, Hello UK and Grenada
Richard had to get up before he went to bed; travelling from Javea and refilling his car
en-route. I met him at the bottom of the lane where I had
just deposited the rubbish in the big green basura, about 7.50. The morning
suggested that it was going to be another lovely day as we drove to
What a busy time we had while in the
Having pre-booked a car on-line, we were disappointed that we had to collect it from the Holiday Inn, off-site from the airport. We eventually found the appropriate bus-stop and the bus duly arrived charging us for the privilege, despite our confirmation slip stating that there would be no charge. Even when we showed the driver the form, he still refused to refund the money so full marks to the hire company who refunded the money without a quibble. Hopefully they have since been recompensed, having paid a blanket sum up front to cover the cost of the journey for their customers.
Dick dropped me off at a pub in Ifield at , while he went to collect John. The pub only served lunch until 2.15 so we scraped in by the skin of our teeth.
We left one of our bags at John’s house and had intended
to pick up a hard drive which we had left there when we returned to
Naomi was suffering from a virus which
Next day we collected some bits for the boat and visited
Frank and Jean who made us very welcome, as always. My fleece, which I had
inadvertently left at his sister’s house in the summer, was neatly folded on a
chair in our bedroom. They had been to
Saturday, we drove to St. Katherine’s Dock, via John’s
house, where we picked up the hard drive, to take it to Rob and Cath, friends we
had made when we all took part in the EMYR during 2008. They also have a Lagoon
440 which will remain in
Coincidentally, while there, we unexpectedly met up with
Ginger and Dick, another couple who took part in the EMYR in 2008 and whom we
had met previously while the boat was kept at
After a late lunch we drove back down the M3 to
Sunday, we were back again with Ed and Naomi, to spend a family day with them. That afternoon they were attending a memorial service at a local hospice, where Naomi’s Mother had spent the last part of her life, so of course we went along with them. It was quite startling to hear that during the months of July and August, over 100 people, associated with this hospice, had died.
Monday night we stayed with John and next morning drove to the house in Benfleet, where my Mother had lived for forty years, where the family and friends of my Mother were congregating, prior to joining the funeral cortège, which was due to leave at noon. Over a dozen cars, all with their headlights on, followed the hearse as it made its way to Pitsea and Basildon crematorium which Mother had planned and my sister April and her husband John, had organized. I wondered if the cars and vans which forced their way into the cortège, were aware that they were joining a funeral procession.
That evening we stayed with Caroline, a friend who had
joined us for the EMYR in 2008 and subsequently came with us from
The last night we stayed again with John. He and Dick both drove to the Holiday Inn to return the hire car and then John drove both of them back home where they collected me and we all went out for a delicious curry.
All of us were up before the larks next morning and John dropped us at the airport at .
Before handing over the luggage, we went to the Customs
office to put into motion a claim for a VAT rebate on items we had bought in the
With no time for breakfast, or even a snack, we passed
through to the departure lounge. My carry-on bag was sent down a conveyor for
luggage which needed further investigation. It seems that my alarm clock was
near to an orange plastic toy which I was taking to
The plane was over an hour late taking off; the luggage
for the folk traveling to
I sat next to a guy who told me that he was of West
Indian parentage but was born in the
Once the passengers from
It took ages to get through passport control but because we had items to declare and went to the red channel, we were out of the airport before most of the other passengers who went through the green channel. A driver had already brought the necessary documents for us, duly stamped, so we were soon on our way to the hotel where we checked in, had a meal and a very early night.