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post #241 of 256 (permalink) Old 20-10-2016, 08:43 Thread Starter
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Thanks Alex,

How are you doing health wise?

It was a good trip but even if we have the chance I doubt I'd ever travel such a long way again

Unless by 'plane

God willing we will spend early summer in France next year

Where have you been lately on your travels ?

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That was really beautiful Jan, you really are a fantastic whistler, thank you

jiwawa sounds like you had a good time with the grandson

Must admit we are both very tired and now need time to rest in our own surrounded

But it's so so good to home

Now Barry I bought three 6 packs of Leffie on buy two get one free

Will check the price tomorrow, it's 9%, the wine I drink is 10%!!

Bought some cheese too,

So when are you coming ??

It will keep if I hide it from the kids

At 9% I need to

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Welcome back!

Sounds like you bought Leffe Rituel which is rocket fuel! The stuff I normally drink is Blonde. Not quite as strong but Ill have to think of an excuse to help you quaff it now of course.
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I bought some Comte, which I can take or leave, Tomme Noire and a cheap but delicious Munster-Gerome, should have bought a dozen boxes of that, otherfrench cheeses I can get around here and on the market cheese stalls

Still like a bit of genuine creamy Lancashire though, not the supermarket stuff

It is the Rituel, told you I know nothing about beer!!!

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I agree about proper Lancashire. Delightful.

Yeah mind how you go with that Leffe. I discovered it in Brittany years ago. We stopped for a couple of beers on the bike and I downed two of them before heading back to the aire. Thinking I had only had two small beers and probably ok to ride but wondered why I had a bit of a wobble on. Checked the percentage next day in intermarche.


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Welcome back!

Sounds like a wonderful trip - and that set my mind racing.

I hope your home didn't miss you too much and that it's good to be home again.
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Back in the thick of it Christine

Albert's gone to the school end of term report to hear how young Alberts doing

Not well as we already knew, he just goes off the straight and narrow when Alberts not around, even the school have been asking when is his grandad back!!

It's such a frustration, young Albert is a bright intelligent kid but just can't seem to apply himself, mixes with street wise kids when he gets a chance ,but he isn't street wise, his size belies his age, he's 14 and 6' 2", a good looking lad, but nevertheless just a kid

His mum has to work so he needs to see himself off to school so he's always late even when he's up and ready before she leaves, he's home before her and says he can't do his homework alone so he doesn't bother

He wants to live here Monday to Friday so his grandad can help him sort out his homework and reading between the lines help him sort out himself, his grandad is the father figure in his life and his mum says he's been missing him whilst we were away

I just wash, cook and clean and ensure all runs smoothly in the background much as I always did with our own kids

So it looking like we will have two grandkids living here for a while, Megs whilst she does her Masters at Manchester Uni (Although her mum lives just up the road) but I think having lived away for 3years doing her degree and a year in Switzerland as an Au pair she wants the freedom from family life she can have here without two younger siblings

And Young Albert

We've been blighted I mean blessed ! with kids forever

Just as our last child left home Megs was born and her single mum was at uni in Sheffield doing a Nursing degree, so she lived with us

We carried her up mountains, fretted over cot deaths, dropped her at nursery, worked full time and collected her on the way home

Went on to do the same for Alex when the marriage broke down, and I tell you even though their mum went onto marry a fantastic guy whose been a great dad to them (and a fantastic "son" to us both )you never rid yourself of the early years and the bonds that form. As far as they are concerned they have two homes and that is that, no discussion

Young Alberts different, never knew his dad, none of us ever did, vanished as soon as his mum was pregnant, it's funny life, but he is ours, one of our large family network, and one day he too will find his way, and be one great guy in more than one sense if he continues to grow !!

So there you go Christine, our adventures with the family are more varied than our travels

I could write a book, if only I had time

Sandra
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Thanks Alex,

How are you doing health wise?

It was a good trip but even if we have the chance I doubt I'd ever travel such a long way again

Unless by 'plane

God willing we will spend early summer in France next year

Where have you been lately on your travels ?

Sandra and Albert

Doing ok Sandra. No real changes so far..

We were not out of the country this year but had a great trip down south taking in two weddings. Our daughters wedding was in London in August and was just amazing. Then we had another down in Plymouth area. Way too hot for me.. (Hormone jags!!!!) we also had a few rally's we attended. One steam fair (Shabbington) and one Veteran Vespa / classic show. Great fun. 5 weeks in all. We did miss our trip down the Mosel this year what with one thing and another. Normally over there for the wine festivals.. Hoping to spend some time in South Spain over the winter 2017 though... All being well.

Still having the odd bought of AF... !! Makes me feel quite unwell that does.

You guys stay well please...

Regards. Alex & carol ....

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And you too Alex

I feel for you with the hormone jabs

How well I remember the menopause, the hot sweats, you can't describe them you just live through them

Albert no longer has the jabs and is just about getting over them

Still has the belly and boobs though !!

I think he's milking the excuse though !

Take care

We are hoping the scan at the end of the month will be ok

But he had a new melonoma on his rib cage, removed with clear margins in time for our holiday

Don't know how it travelled there, I expect in the blood , the first one outside of his arm

But we know we are on borrowed time

But really we hope we are not

So who knows?

Maybe, but there is nothing we can do to change anything

So we need to just keep hoping

Sandra
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Welcome home ! Sounds like you had a great trip !
We are still at Torre del Mar.
Swedish grandkids arrive next week then we fly home for a week .
Returning for a further 3/4 weeks then home via Bilbao early Dec.
Good luck on 30 th
Margaret

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Enjoy yourselves both of you

Hope the rain stays away

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