Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Grey ( Gray) Journey Home


Thank goodness it's now all over.
Negotiating a rainy Euston station in the rain with a paper carrier bag stuffed with gifts whilst you are still full of cold and after no sleep ( thanks to a slightly deflated rubber mattress I may add)...is not a bag of laughs.
But it is part of the rich tapestry of family visiting just after Christmas.
I've already told the Prof not to "bang on about rubbish" as I am in no mood for it.
You may think I have been somewhat direct but at these times I have found it easier to be direct rather than subtle. A pale expression and a silent demeanour is lost on The Prof.
Mother in law Sorrel was full of the same Yule Plague as I, so I felt sorry for her having to feel that she had to look after us whilst under par.
I've tried to help out at every turn though I do feel slightly guilty that there still was a fairly untouched raspberry pavlova sat on the cool table in her conservatory when we left this morning.

I've only got the dogs to pick up, the fire to light and apologies to give when we get home. Apparently Winnie peed on her hostess' new sofa throw the first night she was away, which is unlike her. I don't think she could be arsed going outside on a wet and windy night.

Normal blogging service will be resumed tomorrow......


48 comments:

  1. Here's a novel idea, Chris can get the fire lit and the cottage warming up whilst you go out to get the dogs! X

    ReplyDelete
  2. When the hairs on your head and body all turn white may I suggest that you consider changing your surname by deed poll to Grey? Similarly, if you dye your hair and beard you could become John Ginger.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like Gray...it's different

      Delete
  3. At least Winnie only peed on the throw. Pale expressions and silent demeanors don't work in this house either. I have recently told Jerry that he needed to "leave Grumpy home for the evening."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I vont to be alone

      Delete
    2. Oh boy do I know that expression ... I called mine the Mad Russian.
      No straight man was ever as dramatic about having a flipping cold as he was ...

      Delete
  4. Curl up someplace warm and rest.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Phew! Glad the last word was "rest"!

      Delete
  5. Anonymous1:57 pm

    The worst is over with now. I’m curious though - with two of you to share it, why you don’t drive rather then go by rail? MaggieB

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's so much easier by rail....and quicker

      Delete
  6. Sounds like you need a hot cup of something and a warm bed. take care John.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The cottage takes days to heat up. It's the stone walls

      Delete
  7. A sofa 'throw'? You've just extended my vocabulary. Ta!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Perhaps time to consider a nearby b&b, hotel rather than the deflated rubber mattress. Might be a little easier for your mother in law as well.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'll be quite glad to get back to 'normal' routine! Hope you feel better soon. You've got that nice new kitchen to look forward to :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. We have the 'yellow card' in our house when conversation is getting tedious. Subtle does not work here.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have spent days trying to coax a lost/homeless young cat, barely out of kittenhood, into staying on my lanai in a crate full of blankets and bowls of food. Florida is having winter. It is effing cold. I want my money back !
    I hope everyone has a fabulous new year, regardless of the way it began .. just keep thinking, if yours was pretty lousy, Well then, it can only get better.
    C

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's the spirit. You are growing on me, Notes from Abroad.

      U

      Delete
    2. Candice ....high praise indeed x

      Delete
  12. Welcome home.....it IS good to be home isn't it?

    ReplyDelete
  13. No place like home when you're feeling under par. Hope you feel better soon.

    ReplyDelete
  14. That looks like a normal blog to me.
    Getting better seems slow, I'm living with an example, but you will get there soon.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Happy New Year, John. We've had the same post Christmas travels and travails. It's good to be home.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Winnie's antics are understandable, and the hostess would hopefully be gracious. A few years ago we had a friend's Jack Russell for 2 days whilst she went away, to cut a long story short, the dog murdered our budgerigar, (the budgie was allowed to sweep out of his cage and perch on the curtain rail etc as was his custom) but someone left the door open when the friend's dog arrived and he was no more. We lied to the friend and said the budgie had been poorly and it was 'natural causes' which it was really.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no! Well, your story is the height of graciousness. I'm not sure I could do that!

      Delete
    2. I bought a bunch of flowers for the hostess in way of apology

      Delete
  17. No, no, no, no, no. Grey is so British. Gray is so American.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gray is actually Scottish and/ or Irish

      Delete
  18. And well you should feel guilty leaving that pavlova uneaten!! Couldn't you have taken a piece or two in your paper carrier and eaten it on the train?! We are still eating desserts here, which is hard on the diet but easy on the nerves.

    I hope you feel better with some home rest.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've just made bubble and squeak

      Delete
  19. Feel better soon. And I love your directness. We need more of that here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ain't that the friggin truth

      Delete
  20. It's doing the rounds up here. I've dodged it for a whole week but it finally caught up with me on New Year's Eve. My daughter-in-law took a pic of me yesterday, after a whole day cooking for their hot meal and posted it on FB. I look like a 100yr-old man!! Feeling better today though. Well, I would when I'm just about to go back to work!! Sod's Law, innit?Feel better quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  21. -That flu is doing the rounds here too

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wish you better. Husband has the super cold which lingers, goes and then when you think the bastard has gone comes back with a vengeance. I couldn't leave a pavlova uneatten. Thank goodness it was only a throw that was weed on at least you can chuck it in the washing machine.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Sympathies for the lurgee, I smugly thought I wouldn't catch it from husband chops.Wrong. I haven't had a cold like this for decades. It can't be manflu as I am a lady! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can catch manflu Lisa but it will only affect you in a minor way. It's the luck of your gender

      Delete
    2. Hehe thanks....I think x

      Delete
  24. An untouched raspberry pavlova sounds like a euphemism for my knob.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. An I suspect it will remain untouched until the meringue fades to dust x

      Delete
  25. Happy new year.....feel better x

    ReplyDelete
  26. I have only one more holiday blog pending. But it's about food and nothing else. I promise.

    ReplyDelete
  27. At least she only peed on the throw ... if you're quick you can whip them off, splattering the room with yellow rain but saving the sofa 😁😁😁

    ReplyDelete

I love comments and will now try very hard to reply to all of them
Please dont be abusive x