That’s how I responded to Mum’s saying, “I hate good-byes”. Simple really. They never get any easier….
We had such a lovely visit though with my parents last week. Of course it went way too fast and they’re home now and I’m back to work but we have lots of memories to keep us smiling. We didn’t go too far from home with days out here and there. The weather was perhaps one of the best weeks we’ve had all year so we all enjoyed wearing t shirts and sandals – at the end of September. No one would’ve expected that.
Here are some pictures and a usual summary of the visit highlights. I have to say that most of the pictures are the ones that Mum and Dad took so credit where credit is deserved!
Best day (Mum): A walk around Thurstaston and Royden, followed by a drink at the Green Lodge in Hoylake and a paddle on the beach there. Finished by ice cream at Carr Farm.
Best day (Val): Delamere Forest with a picnic in the warm weather and two walks followed by afternoon tea in Kingsley and puppy class in the evening!
Best family occasion:A walk to Hilbre Island followed by a BBQ and birthday party with Paul’s family and my Mum and Dad. The kids loved walking in the water, collecting shells, throwing the ball for Stella and blowing out the candles. It was a bit poignant though as the last time we were all together, Paul’s Mum was there too….
Most successful shopping trip: Chester. We all found something we were looking for!
Best re-discovery: Taking Mum and Dad to Arrowe Park for a walk with Stella. It had been years since they’d been and we all really enjoyed it.
Best meal out: An evening meal at the Anchor in Irby. We hadn’t been for some time but it’s been refurbished and the food was a bit more expensive than standard pub far but well worth it. An excellent meal.
Best dessert: Dad’s hockey themed birthday cake. It was a week early but Happy Birthday, Dad!
Best photograph: This one I took on the Parkgate path. It reminds me of the painting of the man and his wife and the pitchfork (American Gothic by Grant Wood). It reminds Paul of the Adamms family! What do you think?
Funniest thing: Dad lying on the floor in the morning room to stretch his back out and Stella thinking that was great: licking his head, trying to get his hearing aids and just generally making a fuss of him! Needless to say, stretching was undertaken elsewhere!
Overall nicest thing: Spending time together.
Hardest part: Saying good-bye.
It now seems ages until we next see Mum and Dad. We don’t plan on heading to Canada in 2012 (an expensive journey to make 2 years in a row) but they are planning on coming to visit us …. Sometimes the world feels way too big. The countdown to our next reunion has begun.