Well after a 450 mile round trip and 4 days away. We are home again..
What an experience it has been. Its been an emotional ride right back to last year when mavis said Oh I am being honoured next year and we have to go to Derbyshire. Ok I said when. Err! it’s in January. OMG I said up North in January that’ll be fun. Oh don’t say that she said. I said I meant weatherwise. So its been a nerve-racking wait for me for months. Right up untill last week when Snow was hitting us. But undeterred came Thursday. We packed the Motorhome with what she needed and we set of around lunch time. With unsettling forecast heart in my mouth in for a penny in for a pound as they say. We intended to stop overtime in Northampton SErvices and get an early start friday.
But the roads were clean and empty we made excellent progress and arrived at the services really having made good time. We had a small snack and decided to go for it and do the last 80 odd miles to Derbyshire Hotel.
It was a good job we had researched the journey because when we reached the M1 junc we wanted the at nav said continue for 7 miles. NO way so I turned off up the slip road and counted the Jncns that we had Googled reaching out turn off sat nav still insisted continue 7 miles further. Ignoring it we turned off knowing we only had a few hundred yards to destination. ……………
Oh dear Boo Boo. I missed the turning it looked so different in real life. panicking I headed for the next exit. Off we turned , its got to be a left we said and then another left. We were now in a road that was snow and iced covered cars parked both sides one slippery lane down the center. No choices down we went eventually we arrived at the Hotel from the rear . Now we are faced with a steep incline into the car park slipping a bit we reached the top but it was packed with cars and whats more covered solid with ice. I had to move on so now faced with another slope only downwards gingerly we moved forward. I couldn’t brake because it was to icy I headed for the only space we could see and that was right at the bottom and in the corner. But alls well we stopped at last.
But as we were a day early we couldn’t book in and set up the van put the fire on put the Telly on and settled down . We spent the night in the car park no problem we were all cozy.
We spent the next 3 days in the hotel. we kept louis in our room so that he wouldn’t get cold in the van. He has been an angel , he was left on his own at times but he never complained. he and I had great fun walking. Especially on the Saturday morning . We had a heavy snow fall friday night picture below and woke up to over 6 inches and more of snow. Louis loved it he was dashing about like a mad thing . We walked in the deep snow to look at the traffic speeding below us on the M1 . My poor little van was all snowed in . You can just see the van in the picture below.
I was thinking we are not getting out of there in a hurry. But Saturday it warmed up the sun came out . Saturday evening It rained boy did it rain me and louis got a soaking. And On sunday morning Mavis opened the curtains ITS ALL GONE she said. Yep it had all just gone . In fact it was like a spring morning outside in a t Shirt. After all our goodbyes and breakfast behind us we set off and had an excellent journey home. It was a lovely event. We have met some really lovely people. My new friend Linda from LA I think Ive pulled there she is lovely. WE have had some real good belly laughs. I am sure everyone has enjoyed it.
My only regret is my stupidity. I practiced videoing with my new camera so I would have no problems videoing the Presentation. I changed the batteries ready before we went into the reception. I took 4 more fully charged ones with me. I took a few pictures. And when it came for the presentation I positioned myself turned on the camera. RECHARGE BATTERIES NOW was what I got. Oh s..t so quickly changing batteries trying not to miss too much. Same message Oh No Panic changed to the last 2 batteries. Same message. Disaster Presentation over . No video Gutted. My son said how many times have I told you rechargeable are rubbish. So I only have myself to blame I apologised to Mavis but she just said don’t worry about. But I am really seriously Pd Off..
Well I am sure Mavis will have more to add with her own blog so for me its TTFN Home and shattered.