Well it's saturday night, which means I only have 3 more days and 4 sleeps until I get to see my sweety again 🙂 Yesterday I went into school in the morning with Gunsel (the head of Business Studies) for about an hour and a half. There are still heaps of things I need to check with the other ladies (mainly Maggie) but at least I mostly know what I'm doing. Although it's not the best approach, I intend to plan each day as I go, until I get to the weekend and can plan several weeks at a time.
I was able to talk to Adrian when I got back, for quite a while. He and Lisa had been out to dinner, while Paul and Michelle had gone to see Paul Potts. Lisa then went back to Mum and Dad's place with Adrian, where she was waiting to be picked up after the show. Although Adrian was tired, it meant I got to talk to him for a couple of hours 🙂 Then in the afternoon one of my friends Kirk was online – he works at a cafe in the city, and hadn't finished till 1am. Again this was great for me, as it gave me a chance to catch up on all his goss. Once he had wound down sufficiently, he went to bed and I watched some tv. I made a lovely chicken casserole with rice for dinner and settled in for the night.
This morning I caught the train to Burnham (about 5mins) and walked to the Europcar place, where I picked up my hire car – a nice navy coloured VW Golf. After nearly stalling a few times, and then actually stalling a couple of times, I managed to get to the big Tescos at Slough. I needed to reverse out of the parking spot to straighten up, but could not figure out how to put the bloody thing in reverse! I tried everything, but in the end I got out of the car and asked a nice man walking past if he could help me. I was terribly embarrassed, but him and his wife were lovely and happy to help. It turns out that you have to press down on the gearstick, and then over and up to the left – about the only manoeuvre I didn't try. I then went into the shops and bought the things I needed, got back to the car and had my next dilemma – how to open the boot?! I fiddled around and discovered that how you open it is by using the VW symbol on the back of the car – you press the top and the bottom flicks up (like a lever) which you then use to open the boot. It's quite a cute, fancy little car lol
I came back and did my usual talking to people until lunch, then had a nice egg and lettuce sandwich. At about 2.15 I headed off to Michael and Maggie's place in Bray – for those of you who don't know, Michael is my Aunty Maria's brother-in-law. It took all of 10 minutes to get there, and if the road at the end of ours wasn't closed and I could go that way, it would take 5 minutes. I had a wonderful time at their place, chatting about all sorts of things, from where to find a good butcher to where to go for our anniversary. They took me for a walk around the village, and I even saw their Vicar. Oooh speaking of Vicars, not far from us is where they filmed the Vicar of Dibley, so I intend to go for a drive there one weekend soon. Michael showed us the very nice restaurant they have, which is one of the only restaurants the Queen and Price Phillip come to eat – they even drive themselves, because they know noone will make a fuss. Michael has seen Phillip driving around on a number of occassions. They showed me their old house, which is on the water, a couple of houses up from the restaurant. A couple of houses up again is where Michael Parkinson lives, and up a bit and on the other side of the river is where Billy Connolly used to live. Also, Prince Edward plays tennis at their tennis club (I know there's a fancier word for the tennis club, but I can't think of it). So needless to say it's a lovely little village. Although I'm not blood related, and I haven't seem them since my cousin's wedding in 2000, I felt like they were part of my family. I left their place at 6.30, had leftovers for dinner and sat down to write this blog.
Tomorrow I am going to go for a drive to school, just to make sure I know where I'm going. I have the GPS and will use it, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to go for a run, so that I don't get flustered on Monday when there's traffic. I also plan to go to the evening service at church, and then have an early night ready for school.
Well that's all the news from me for the time being. I look forward to hearing yours. Lots of love to you all xoxo