I have been away for a few days down south. In London. Or close by, at least. I had an appointment, you see, to meet with the barrister, lawyer, and assorted medical experts to discuss how we proceed. Mega important stuff, which had me resembling a gibbering wreck by Thursday, when we left. In a stoke of excellent timing, Jean was planning to go and visit her mother and brother in Kent, so she dropped me at Andrew and Ann's home, and I stayed there, just hopping on the local train into the city for the meeting. But more of that later. Had I caught the train for a day in the city from here, I may well have needed a mortgage, given that peak time train travel in the UK is apparently the most expensive in the world.
The great part was being able to finally drop off all the Christmas presents for Missy and her Mum and Dad and Granny and Granddad. At the end of Jan. I am so good at managing timing well. Sigh. But Missy was more than thrilled and that is what counted. I can't tell you how much I love that little girl. She NEVER stops talking, and has an amazing vocabulary. I gave her some Peppa Pig musical instruments as part of her present. And when she unwrapped the parcel, she said ....Oooh, INSTRUMENTS!! She is not 3 yet. I also popped in a kiddie recipe book and explained that it was a book with lots of yummy things in which she could bake (she LOVES baking) with her Mum. Oooh, a RECIPE book!! Yes. Her vocab is great.
And just look at that gorgeous hair.
So, on Friday, I set off for London, and the barristers' chambers. In a part of the city I have never been to before, but I got there. The underground is a wonderful thing. Beautiful building. Beautiful chambers. Beautiful gardens. I made every effort to appear classy and elegant, but arrived looking rather like a scarecrow in the wind. Just as well I got there early - I managed to find the Ladies' Room to do some running repairs before the rest arrived, thank the Good Lord. And 3 and a half hours of non-stop talk/discussion/opinion etc etc etc, with me doing a great deal of listening, but also voicing thoughts throughout later, it was over. On one cold cup of coffee. I was a wreck after those 3 and a half hours. And by that time, I had my leg resting on a vacant chair and all pretence of elegance was out of the window.
And then I found my way back to Andrew's station, and fortunately, he was only a few trains behind me, so Ann was there to collect us. And it was back home to forget all about everything and just enjoy watching Missy play.......
On Saturday, my son had to work, so Ann, Missy and I headed for Costco, which is always fun, and then off on an "adventure". We went down the river to Gravesend, and walked along the water. They hadn't been there before, so there were loads of excellent photo opportunities, and I was explaining the tides, the pilot boats, tugs and BIG ships to them. I am so familiar with these waters, but that is all for another post. Maybe tomorrow.
So, today, we went to church (with Heidi dolly and push chair too) and then I came home with Jean.
And here I am.
I need a nap. And I have declared tomorrow a couch day. But I have loads of memories to cherish, and many photos, and soon it will be her birthday and I will see her again.
I love being a Moreglanny.