Wednesday, 23 June 2010

My little boys first trip without me...

Well who would have thought that I would be a fretful mum!
Daniel has departed on his first school trip... the pre-school have taken the leavers (the 12 children who will be attending big school in September) on a trip to


.... it did seem a little bit of an overkill when 12 toddlers and 3 teachers got onto a full size coach to go to Longleat... lol
there is every chance they'll loose them on the bus let alone at the safari park...
they won't be driving through the monkey enclosure which I assumed was because the monkey are destructive little .... well... monkey's!

but according to the website the monkey enclosure is closed at the moment... I would imagine they are making a protected drive through tunnel...

they do so love to strip the rubber off your car! lol

Anyway.... Yesterday Mum was left looking after Daniel and they picked up Jamie at 4:30 once she had caught the bus home from school plus obviously dog duties letting him out etc...

why I hear you ask...? (I like to kid myself that you are interested! lol)

well we bought a car on eBay... and we had to travel via train from Yeovil to Newhaven... even the ticket clerk didn't know where Newhaven was..." just the other side of Brighton... " I told her!
So off we went on our South west train heading for Clapham Junction... we zipped across the platform bridge and jumped on our next train... which was going to split at Hayward's Heath... luckily I was paying attention and Mr P and I were in the front 4 carriages and carried on to Lewes... what a lovely little station too!
from here we jumped on a proper clackety clack train with the proper hoeeen honk horn... and the scenery was much nicer... we went at a sedate speed instead of the travel sick inducing high speed mayhem of the first 2 trains....

I have never seen so many individuals so firmly fixed on their gadgets, phones, laptops etc... no-one seemed to look out of a window or take any notice of the world whizzing by... so sad!

anyway in Newhaven we grabbed some lunch, and I decided it was far too hot to walk to Peacehaven... so we found a taxi rank and got a taxi... and I was so glad... it was only a couple of mm on the map but I could not have walked that and survived! lol
we found the address and the car sat on the drive...

We had a cup of coffee and a lovely natter with the lovely lady selling her car and duly paid up and left on our merry way in Mr P's new (to us) T reg Volvo only to realise that we hadn't brought a map so we had no clue which road would be best to come home on... ;D

Once we had filled the greedy motor with more money's worth of fuel than I wish to contemplate we started home...
we glided through seaside views and I loved it... we didn't stop anywhere as we had 4 hours to get home to pick up the children by 9pm... so we just kept driving...

This is Brighton beach.... I proposed to Mr P 14 years ago on Brighton beach... he must have heard me as I have an engagement ring to proove it... but it hasn't been replaced with a band of gold yet... lol

What on earth people thought as this blue Volvo sped by with a mad looking woman hair flying in all directions took snapshots out of the window! lol


but it was a good drive home and I obviously had to do the snooze test while travelling in the car... and it passed with flying colours and I didn't even get a neck ache! ;D and I even manged a little crochet...

We stopped at 7pm at a little chef and had some tea... and then Mr P dropped me at the station in Yeovil where I picked up my Freelander and I drove back to mums to pick up the children by 9:30pm... Mr P shot off to the little convenience store to pick up supplies for packed lunches and I took one sleepy head son home and after he was propped on the loo (while still asleep) gotten ready for bed and put to bed I sat down to chill out and read a few blogs...

So I am now sat here wondering what to do with myself... normally I would only have 2 and a half hours to do something but today Daniel won't be back till 3pm....

I think I might clear out Daniels toy box and clear the lounge of clutter... it needs a ruddy good clean!

hope you are all enjoying the sun... oh and if your that way inclined the football may the best team win...

x Alex

7 comments:

smilernpb said...

Oh yes, the trains along the South East coast do tend to split like that, we used to have to remember to get on the front four coaches when I lived in Bexhill, a bit further along (towards Hastings) from Lewes (past Eastbourne).

New (to you) car - very nice.

Indeed, petrol is very expensive isn't it? You find a garage that sells it for £1.14 and you think you've got a bargain. In fact, P and I had a discussion about it this morning, I say 'discussion' but what I actually mean is P was ranting and I was doing the 'yes, dear' when it was appropriate to do so. lol

Aww how cute that he's off on his first school trip....won't be long before he's off to university! Eek! :o) Just kidding.

Speak soon. Husg to you xxx

MyBeadyEye... said...

Really enjoyed reading your post and all of your pics...made me laugh about forgetting a map to get home...that is just something I would do :-) Love the seaside pics!! Was that Brighton? I have family in Brighton and used to stay there as a child alot...although I havent been now for about 15 years!! Must get a visit planned :-) x

lisa ridgeon said...

Lovely new car. Isn't it amazing what you can find on ebay. I once typed in 'Husband' just for a giggle and it came up with a listing something like...'my husband left me so i don't need his 24v drill'. I wonder how much she got for that drill, probably more than she'd have got for the husband!

X X

Itch2stitch.com said...

Oh I enjoyed my little trip with you! I am glad that you got home ok without a map! Sounds like a comfy car you have there. I hope that Daniel enjoyed his first school trip. Its a shame he won't have seen the monkeys thoug, they are the best part! I love monkeys!

Suzie xxx

Joanne said...

Glad you enjoyed your little trip and you found your way home.

Joanne x

The sewing room said...

Oh how a mothers heart aches when her little one is not around,we know they will be fine l think its harder for us than them, love the new car what a busy day you had, your life always sounds sooo busy do not forget to put your feet up.


Hugs Pat

Taz said...

Oh that sounds like a fun day out for wee man off to Longleat and for you riding on trains and then finding your way home mapless. :)
I always watch out the windows when I'm on the train, some people just don't know what they're missing eh?