Well here we are into 2019 and to be honest its just a nice feeling to say we have made it.. We have great plans for the new year and hope you enjoy following us.
So what have we been up to over the Christmas period? Well lets start by saying we ended up making the most out of our hire car as we spent 18 hours in it travelling about, due to the traffic..
We first went to see Del's Mum and husband Keith, and they cooked us a lovely roast dinner and it got us into the Christmas spirit.
We then went down to Trowbridge and to see Cliff and Lou, (Del's brother) and all the kids, dropping off all their presents. It was so lovely to see them all in their new pub The Black Horse..
The next day we drove down to Farnham to see Al's sister Jo and husband Brain who were so pleased to see us. It was also lovely to see Nephew's Matthew and Nathan and all the kids together, and we all sat round the table for our first Christmas dinner.. We left at 6.00pm and drove to Kent, dropping off more presents to friends Steve and Erica.. We then went to friends Bernie and Sarah's who were kindly putting us up for a few days..
The following morning was Christmas eve and we always put a wreath down for Al's Nan and Grandad, and then drove to Shoreham in Kent and walked up the hills to visit Al's Mum and Dad at the cross..
We had a lovely lunch in the Crown pub, which was our local when we used to live in Shoreham..
From there we went to Terry's and Ron's (Del's stepmum) and dropped off more presents before we went back to Bernie and Sarah's. The plan was for the boys to go to the pub with the girls going to midnight mass, but Bernie had a problem with his foot, so it was drinks round the Christmas tree for them while the girls enjoyed a good service with carols in Aylesford..
We woke up to Christmas day, and looking round the Christmas tree Father Christmas had been good and proper.. We so enjoyed opening our presents with the smell of a 12 pound basted Turkey cooking in the oven.
In the morning we had a light breakfast and then gathered our presents and set off to Whitstable for midday.
Here we saw Zoe and Greg, with Baz and the dogs Jumble and Rummage, and new addition Sprout..
After a quick catch up with drinks it was a short walk down to the Neptune pub where more drinks followed with some games in the pub..
We surfaced at about 9.30pm and managed to get things going again but the time just flew again and it was soon time for bed..
In the morning, a bit worse for wear, we took everyone out for a hearty breakfast down at the Windy corner café..
We left at 11.30am and headed back to Derwent6 avoiding the January sales traffic at the Dartford tunnel on the M25 by going the other way round.. WRONG! that was a bad move and we queued all the way round the other way to the M40, and it took us six hours to get back to Rugby.. We then had to warm the boat up before we could go to bed..
We then had two recovery days before we had guests Terry and Ron who drove up from Kent to join us for new year!
We had a lovely roast dinner and chatted about our Christmas experiences..
On New Years Eve we were up early as Terry and Ron had always fancied going to The Black Country Museum in Birmingham.
Full of Cow Pie we made our way back to Derwent6 where we got changed and then set off down to the Bulls Head pub in Brinklow to see in the New Year, with live music and a Piper at midnight..
The following morning was 2019, and in recovery mode again we surfaced at midday. The girls managed to get a bit of sales shopping in before we had lunch booked at the Dun Cow in Dunchurch.
We were recommended by three people to go there and they were so right. It's a huge pub but the food and service was top notch..
Tummies full again we went back to Derwent6 and chilled for a few hours before we all decided to go to the Merchants Inn in Rugby where they were holding a Pub quiz on 2018.
We returned to crash out after another good day..
In the morning it was sadly time for Terry and Ron to make there way back to Kent.. We had some bacon sarnies and then said our goodbyes!
So we have had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, so sorry for those we didn't have time to see..
Its time for us now to make sure we have a Great New Year! Loads of Plans!!!
Happy New Year to you all.........