The best thing to look forward to each year is a trip to the UK. When we usually stock up on all the food we either can’t get here in Thailand or that is totally over priced.
We started our journey 2 and half weeks ago. A lovely surprise as my OH up graded us at the airport to World Traveller Plus with BA. Definitely worth the extra (nearly always on special offer at the desk on check in/bag drop). The extra leg room is definitely worth it, Still can never seem to get comfortable. I always wish I had invested in a really good quality neck support pillow.
There were some good movies on the entertainment channel and I did manage to get some sleep.
As I may have mentioned before I have an allergy to chillies. Living in Thailand it does have its drawbacks. I chose a lovely sea bass main course, only to find it smothered in a bloody chilly sauce!! great eh? Handed it back and then the only other choice a fillet steak!! flippin heck in years gone by I would have jumped at the chance but alas after suffering a parasite last year, which was found in undercooked red meat, no more red meat for me thanks…..I can just about stomach mince but nothing else.
So, OH got to have the steak and I had a meal of nicely cooked veg…….boring. All presented on nice china etc., There doesn’t seem to be any choice on menu’s for anyone that has out of the ordinary allergies. I would imagine however, that many people traveling to and from Thailand can’t or do not like chillies.
Our two plus weeks was to be full of my normal busy schedule meetings. Lunch, afternoon teas, dinners etc., however, all that changed when we go to see our house in the UK………
Bless my sister and her husband, my mum and my neighbour who worked like Trojans, removing the dirt, dried on food and mold in our home from the “not so nice tenants”. A few cases of wine and flowers as thank you’s and it was our turn. How I wish I could meet her face to face. All I can think of is nasty words to describe seeing photos of our house the way they left it.
So months later, re-plastered walls, the hole house repainted, tiled floors lifted and new flooring laid throughout, new blinds, the list goes on. Never ever trust your agent to carry out the financial checks on your home while you are away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I won’t go into details.
Anyway all plans were cancelled and OH and I got to scrubbing paint of floors, left by terrible painter. Again, what do you do when you trust someone to do a good job. Would like to punch him in the face for sure. We spent a whole week trying to rectify the paint that seemed to be spilled everywhere. He obviously didn’t put down dust sheets and splattered the remaining good floors with paint, absolutely everywhere.
I am so sorry to all of our friends that we never got to see. Just too much to do.
Thank goodness my friend recommended her cousin to take care of the garden. Wow, in one day the difference was amazing. So much for the tenants being keen gardeners. So keen in fact that they emptied some of my garden of plants. left all their lovely dogs dirt and smashed my garden lamps………So lucky to now have a good man to take care of the garden and it will be back to its former glory very quickly.
The first week was spent with my lovely sister and her husband. An Indian meal is always the first meal on the agenda. I think we crammed in fish and chips 3 times (we did share meals though). Its all about eating when we go home.
A surprise party for some friends, Traci and Steve for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Traci walked in saw everyone one, was overcome with emotion (as anyone would be) and walked straight back out again. ( think she was in shock).
Another party the following weekend for my brother in law’s 60th and his dads 90th. My sister worked so hard cooking all the food. Amazing, well done. So much. The house was full.
Wonder if she will let us take the big fluffy duvet and magic mirror back to Thailand. Made us look so slim it did!!!!!!!!!!!hahahaaa…….
The following week we decamped to Jesmond Dene House, we had a lovely big bedroom. Again, just like at my sisters, so quiet. No barking dogs, no noisie neighbours at either location. This was a first for us and we will definitely return. Away from the madding crowds but so near Newcastle.
I had taken two of my friends Eileen and Liz the week before for afternoon tea (as they had taken me to the Hotel de Vin the year before). Champagne afternoon tea. Delicious light cakes and how do they get the scones to be so light and melt in your mouth. No stale bread and no rock cakes!!! all delicious. In fact I could have quite happily had that everyday.
You can see why I can put on weight so easily. We tried not to eat at lunch time or just get a snack and then have a meal at night.
OH’s brother and family came up from Devon. That was a lovely surprise. Even their little dog came too.
We also got to spend time altogether with OH’s daughter. Its been about 4 years now since we have got together. Really enjoyed our time together.
The last night we went back to my sisters and had our last Indian. Solomans opposite the Denton Pub. A restaurant that seems to have been there for years and has a roaring trade of regular customers, both dining in and with carry out meals. I always call it English Indians when I come home and love to cook the same when I get back to Thailand.
Its hard to leave my daughter and family as I miss them all so much. Spent Thursday crying on and off most of the day. She presented me with a beautiful framed photo of her and her boyfriend. Well, that set me off again. Miss her so much. So proud of her too.
Back to the airport on Friday morning to the BA check in and OH decided to ask about speical offers on any upgrades to Business Class. Wow, first time for me. Loved every minute of it. Champagne, before take off. Wonderful. Lovely meals. The steward was so helpful with my allergy to chillies and managed to find an ingredient listing. I plugged for what we thought may not contain chillies. The pasta was beautiful with artichokes, roasted red peppers and mascapone cheese. As was the first course of goats cheese mouse with a fruit chutney. Crusty buns and red wine. Finished off with pear and almond tart.
Another couple of films chosen and then only a couple of hours to sleep. I passed on the breakfast as I was still full and I don’t fly too well. The seats reclined into a flat bed. Wonderful. Best couple of hours sleep on a plain ever. I didn’t have any aches or pains.
Back home again now and this week I caught up with my OCD house work regime. Air con men came twice. Gardeners came to cut the grass, men came to spray with insect repellent. Shopping done.
Should be back to Mah-jong next week. Better get making that chutney for the Pleonchit Fayre.