Well where to begin. Apologies first off for lack of blogging, I have been insanely busy since our last week in Val and although it is only actually 3 and a half weeks since we left it feels like a lifetime ago. I think by the time the end came it felt like we were both ready to leave, it really was a great experience but not one to be repeated, we are just too old for all that!!
So after a week of non-stop parties and packing we set off early back home to England on Tuesday 3rd may, motored through France and then crossed the channel back to good old Blighty by nightfall (Mr felt it right that we return to England by boat, the white cliffs of Dover and all that, I did’nt really care but the ferry was half the price of the tunnel so that meant more shopping money!!!!). A very thoughtful friend was waiting for us at our temporary home with the essentials of beer, wine, shower gel, toothpaste, bread and milk and a pair of strong arms to help Mr unload our much-lighter-than-on-the-way-there carload. We had managed to off-load some (a load of) useless stuff we took to people that were staying on for the summer, so that meant that I could actually see out of the rear window on the way home, which had not been the case on the way out there!!!
We were very lucky to have been left a lovely empty house to sit by some friends who were holidaying whilst we were back so that solved the issue of where to stay while we were back in the UK for two weeks. And fortunately they arrived back a few days before we were due to set off again so that meant we got to catch up with them too!
The two weeks flew by in a frenzy of catch-ups, meals and shopping (I was in heaven), and meals and more meeting up with Lil’ sis, friends and family oh and some more shopping and eating!!!!!!! All that healthy eating and exercise in Val went right out of the window. I was back to square one by the end of the fortnight! But it was lovely to meet up with my Lil‘ sis and all my girlies and of course all the little ones too, my how they have grown!!! We had some wonderful evenings and one particularly fun lunch into drinks into more drinks day/night. It was great to feel like a human being again, all dressed up with my favourite girls! Not a single moment wasted with boring man chat.
We also had the unfavourable task of unpacking/re-packing/packing away. Bloody nightmare. Six months ago it was a task condensing my 3 bedroomed house worth’s of belongings into a carload, this time it was just a case load ( 23kgs!!!!! ) and a hand-luggage bag as we were due to fly on to Italy after our two weeks in the UK.
Travelling light to land of fashion and style is not easy, especially when you have no idea what you will be doing or where you will be let alone how long for!! But you know I am a trooper and I think I managed to pack the largest capsule wardrobe ever been known, my bag was 23.3kg at check in and my hand luggage was only about 8kg’s, so for me I would say that is good going!!!!!
Next stop Milano!