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Back to Reality

One month on.....

sunny 20 °C

Today we have been home one month exactly!

We caught up with lots of our friends on our first Saturday night back and spent the first week or so unpacking all our boxes and doing boring stuff like contacting utility companies and attending vet and dentist appointments.

Pepper sulked for the first 2 days we were back and did everything she could to avoid us and when she was ready decided to follow us everywhere we went and not leave us alone – we have now been forgiven!

I am now back to school and feeling exhausted after just 8 days!!! I am just not used to this full time malarkey!!! Lots of changes have taken place over the year I have been away and I am frantically trying to keep up with it all as well as settle my new class of thirty 4 year olds.

Gerald has landed himself a job and will be starting in just over a week’s time – he will be working for the husband of a friend of mine, the role will involve being a ‘solution architect’ so will take him in a new direction than previous jobs and he is really looking forward to it.

As Gerald and I were both off work for the first 3 weeks we managed to catch up with a few more friends – including a trip down to the seaside to catch up with friends that had twins while we were away.

Last weekend we had a great time at Secret Cinema – basically you pay for a ticket for a film but have no idea what or where it will be! A week or so before you get a dress code and venue but don’t find out what the film is until it starts. This time our dress code was ‘Bedouin’. So we scoured the shops to find something suitable and headed off into London with around 5000 other people also dressed in Bedouin attire to Alexandra Palace. We were greeted by real camels, donkeys, goats and sheep – and a man tried to buy me off Gerald for 3 camels!!!! Really is that all I’m worth!? The entire venue was decked out - with an exotic market , a room painted like an oasis with sand all over the floor, belly dancers, indian head massagers and much more. We had a great time and can’t wait for the next one. Oh and the film was Lawrence of Arabia.

We have been booking lots of things to give us something to look forward to now our travels are over and winter is approaching – so we have a trip to the Duke of York theatre to see Ghost Stories, tickets to see Paul Weller and Leftfield, an evening watching some stand up comedy TV filming at the Riverside studios, a short trip to Spain to stay with friends of mine and a weekend in Edinburgh to watch All Blacks v Scotland ( yes I know it’s risky taking Gerald the Jinx!!!!).

Our tans are fast fading and it feels almost like we didn’t spend all that time away now we are back home and in familiar surroundings so now we must start planning our next trip away….Watch this space.

Posted by bumblebum 14:08 Archived in United Kingdom

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Hi there Anita. So glad Pepper has forgiven you.It must be really hard to get back to reality. My emails to you seem to be returned as wrong address and I stupidly erased your new phone no without putting it in my phone-very senior moment!Please can you update me. x

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