Monday, December 10, 2012

Fawlty Towers and a Christmas Chinese

We woke up on Thursday morning surrounded by ice, but we had other things on our minds. We shut Derwent6 down and checked with friends in front of us, before we headed to the station. We got the train down to Kent where we first saw Pam and Alf (Al's mum and dad). We then made our way over to Bernie and Sarah's (good friends) before we had to get ready for the evening. Steve and Erica (more good friends) had arranged and paid for a surprise night out.
We had to follow them to an old haunt we used to go to as teenager's The Grasshopper at Westerham. We were taken for a meal and the food was served by Basil Fawlty, Sybil and Manuel.
As you can imaging it was just so funny with the hamster scene, the dead body, and trying to get the car to start with a stick...Oh and don't mention the war!!!! A big thank you Steve and Erica for a great night out!!

We stayed at Bernie and Sarah's for the night and got up quite early in the morning as Del had to go to the dentist. We then did some Christmas shopping and managed to get a lot done. We stayed with Bernie and Sarah again that night after a few drinks of course!! On Saturday morning we left them to do some more Christmas shopping and then popped back to Al's Mum and Dad's again.
In the afternoon we got the train back into London and then from Paddington down to Reading where we were picked up by friends, Steve and Joy. After a good catch up we then had to get ready for our annual Christmas dinner which Al has with some old time work mates. We went for a posh Chinese and had a great time, and it was nice to be able to walk back to Steve and Joy's where we stayed the night.
We left on Sunday morning after bacon sarnies and Al and Joy caught up on Strictly. We got the train back into London and then from Euston we got the Sunday slow train back to Rugby. We arrived back just before it got dark. We just had enough time to light the fire and get Derwent6 warmed up. In the evening we just got our breath back!!!

2 comments:

Jaqueline Biggs said...

Sounds like your holidays are off to a roaring great start! We looked at the public transportation map and it would take three buses to get to the luncheon tomorrow so we will have to miss out. Please give our best to Paul and Lynne, Ann and Keith and any other boaters who join you. We really appreciate the invitation. We go tone coat of bitumen on the boat today and we are hoping for another one tomorrow.
Happy holidays!
Jaq and Les

Del and Al said...

Hi Jaq & Les, that's a shame but thought it might be a difficult journey for you. Thanks for letting us know and will pass your good wishes on. Good luck with the blacking.....bit of a cold job this week! Take care and hope to see you again soon x