Yes so last Thursday we both finished work for a week or so. I was on lates so Gavin came up to Derby on the train, and after he'd managed to find my office, which took longer than expected we set off for Mum and Dad's in the car. This time I decided on the quick route via Nottingham and Grantham after the debacle of getting lost somewhere around Kegworth last time I went from work thanks to the sat nav....honest!
Friday Gavin, Mum and I went to this warehouse outlet place in Peterborough. No it's not the same one I've mentioned before, this one is bigger and better than before.........I picked up exciting things like washing tablets and Chinese curry sauce......though they obviously will not be used together I might add. Friday night we all partook (is that the right word??) of a nice Chinese.....and yes the takeaway place did supply the curry sauce, we didn't supply our own! ;)
Saturday was really good, we all (that's the family plus Gavin) went to Mablethorpe, which for those of you that don't know (and why is it that you don't know Mablethorpe???) is a bit of a backwater Victorian seaside place, about 10 miles north of Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast.
Helen, my sister, drove Gav and I in her car with me navigating the way. Helen wasn't particularily trusting to begin with but when we arrived over 30 mins before my parents and Hayley, who were in the other car, she soon came around to my way of thinking. Helen and I were especially thrilled when a departing car gave us a parking ticket valid until 22:00 that evening meaning that neither of us had to shell out parking money....we are our father's children after all! ;)
We spent a good 5 hours there in the end. I banned the word "cold" and enforced its replacement with "bracing". Most of the time, however, the sun did stay out even if the wind was a little bracing!
We took a walk along the sand-dunes to the main town area and the pleasure beach thing there. Helen, Mum and Gav went on an extremely short Ghost House ride before we all spent nearly an hour doing the 2p slots and 2p one-armed slot machines....a good time was had by all. After that we just sat about by the sea before Dad and I noticed an old fashioned loose sweet shop on the front. We went in and ordered 100g each of sweets at which we were presented with two ready-sealed polythene bags. No scales, no paper bags.....things just aren't what they used to be!
After that we went down one of the back streets and had a delightful fish supper, minus Helen who'd decided she'd rather go back and sit in the car as she was feeling a little "bracing".
It was a really nice day actually and brought back memories of when Helen, Dad and I used to go to Skegness in the late winter months when noone was around. Gavin was even more amused by it all...it reminded him of holidays he took as a youngun too.
Sunday day time Dad, Hayley, Gavin and I went to Grantham to have a look around. There wasn't much open so we settled for a mooch around Blockbusters (Gavin's favourite store after Computer Exchange) and a milkshake in Morrison's cafe....we know how to have a good time! ;)
Sunday evening, Gav and I drove back home and just slobbed around for the rest of the evening.
Monday we did absolutely nothing...and I mean it...the weather was disgusting. I can't even remember getting dressed....how slovenely.
Yesterday we arose earlyish and set off to Nottingham. Gavin had mentioned it earlier in the week as we had been before but last time I don't think we had enough time to have a proper look around. I drove this time aswell, rather than get the train. I decided to go all around the backroads rather than the more direct M42/A42 which I'm thoroughly sick of after driving those roads every day for the last 6 months. Also instead of driving into Nottingham city centre, a thought I didn't particularily relish, we parked at Phoenix Park just off the M1, a park and ride site of the NET, Nottingham's tram system and within 20 mins of parking the car we were in the city centre. We had a good day just having a look about and having lunch and finally in the evening we set off back to the tram to get the car.
As Gavin and I are thinking of moving up that way next year I felt it would be a good idea to have a little drive about some of the towns on Nottingham's outskirts. So we did, which wasn't one of my brightest ideas as the rain was extremely hard and we'd chosen to leave about 5 o'clock, just as rush hour was beginning in its earnest.
However we drove about through Sandiacre and Stapleford and ended up with Long Eaton and Sawley which looked really nice despite the heavy rain...more investigation is definitely warranted there.
Last night we sat and watched a Mike Leigh film called "Life is Sweet". I bought it as I love Mike Leigh's play "Abigail's Party" which stars Alison Steadman, his then wife, who also is in Life is Sweet along with Jim Broadbent and a very much younger Jane Horricks and a really bizarre character played by Timothy Spall. It was one of those English Social Commentry films so I really enjoyed it.
Today I've been watching a couple of DVDs, well when I can get a look in at the TV that is. Gavin's just discovered eBay and has bought a terrible American series called "Dante's Cove" on DVD. It's absolutely terrible. It's like Sunset Beach meets Charmed with a bit of soft porn thrown in. To me it looks like a poor excuse to watch men with oiled up bodies writhing about on the beach....that's if one needs an excuse at all! Still Gav seems to like it.........I wonder why! ;)
See you soon x