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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Friday, 13 March 2009

I'm leaving On A Jet Plane.....

Why, oh, why do I do it? I tell myself every time, it will be different next time, I'll plan, I'll leave myself loads of time, my suitcase will be packed and standing by the door with hours to spare... but no, of course not.
Here I sit amidst the daily mess, with a puppy hanging from my ankle, a pile of ironing (yes, Chris, I do iron sometimes!) I've printed my tickets and found my passport. I'm still trying to find things I normally don't use...make-up, tights!! jackets.
Whatever is left not done will have to wait. Geoff won't starve and neither will the dogs.
I've downloaded lots of podcasts onto my ipod, I've charged my phone and camera.
So,tomorrow at the crack of dawn I will be driven to Crete's finest airport at Iraklion by my beloved. I shall board the Agean Airlines flight to Athens, on that flight I might manage a glass of juice and a quick look at Santorini through the window,but, before I've had time to listen to Woman's Hour I'll be deposited onto the ground at Athens. After 2 hours wait, I'll be back in the sky flying with Sleazy Jet to Gatwick. Then, on the Gatwick Express to Victoria, where I'll be met by my son Gareth, yes! and the celebrations begin!! I haven't seen him since last May, he's got a different job and a new partner.
After that, we meet my daughter. She's been in North Wales with fiance, organising the preparations for the Big Do, in Sept. They flew from Saudi last Wed.
I hope someone knows where we're going to sleep because I don't and by this time I'll be thinking of my bed.
After the celebrations tomorrow, Bethan and I have some serious shopping to do, Bethan's organised the whole week.... she has to so we can fit it all in! There's appontments at Jenny Packham's bridal boutique and Sarah Arnett's... I didn't know one had to book appointments to see wedding dresses, but I've been told one does!
There's hair appointments, they've been booked too.
There's a very special meeting with fiance's parents, yikes!! They are flying in from France.
We've emailed and I know they are lovely people so I'm not too scared.

I'm furiously making granny squares for a blanket for a friend, but I can't take them on the plane so I have something to do whilst I wait at Athens, no, I might decide to attack someone with my crochet hook. Must remember to put them in my suitcase instead.


Husband said he would miss me, who's going to nag him?
It was his birthday yesterday, he had a pasta maker as a present. He's going to practise while I'm away. He said he's going to do lots of finishing off jobs around the place as Im not going to get under his feet....
And what about these Maverick Stars? See, I've not been sitting about doing nothing but taking photograghs of flowers.
Then we get to these 2, most of the time they're great together. Dewi has a completely different temprement to Jose, he's a little bully. But Jose is learning to get along and ignore his outbursts.

No, Geoff isn't trying to coax him into the sea.
Anyway, I'm off to bed now and I'll repeat to myself that which I've been muttering all day, I shouldn't have gone out and celebrated my husband's birthday so vigourously last night. That way I wouldn't have felt like a wet week all day.................................
I'm in good company anyway! Birthday Boy has been looking rather green as well....
I'll be back with lots of tales and photograghs next weekend, night, night.







23 comments:

Maddie Grigg said...

Aw, Jude, have a great time. Wedding planning, who needs it? I am leaving my daughter to all of that. Mine was a very simple affair, home-spun and very local. Enjoy meeting up with your boy, and your girl.
Maddie x

Blu said...

Crikey sounds like an action packed week. Enjoy. Great pictures of the dogs!

Jackie said...

Have fun.

Artist Unplugged said...

Beautiful afghan squares and quilt squares too!!!! Sounds like me, I'm always last minute. The pups are adorable! Your trip is going to be really, really exciting- can't wait to read about it all and see photos. Happy traveling!

katie jane said...

Have a safe trip, Jude. By the time this message is posted you will probably be getting up, but I hope you and your children have a wonderful time this week.

Lynn said...

This is so cute, Jude, I hear your excitement loud and clear.
I was able to fly in our states with knitting needles, why are you not allowed a crochet hook with a blunt end in fact!? Weird.

Do have a grand time, it sounds like you will and I am sure a bed awaits you.

Hugs your children, enjoy it all and we will wait to hear all about it when you return.

The squares and stars are all beautiful and colorful and fun.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

wow.. so much to look at here and read. I hope all went well on your take off and lay overs. What a wonderful week ahead for shopping.
Love the puppy pix. and the Afgan squares. Have a wonderful and safe Trip.

Mim said...

Have a wonderful time and enjoy the planning with your daughter - it's special stuff.

Angela said...

Have a wonderful time, Jude - I hope the weather gets better for you, it's been pretty grim in the UK lately :o(
How cute are your doggies???
Angela x

soulbrush said...

jude it all sounds like such fun and england is not toooo chilly right now either..i hope you have a wonderful time and spend loadsa money....mum of the bride.... and when you get back there's an award waiting for you on my blog. hugs.

bindu said...

Sounds exciting! Have a great time. The squares are gorgeous and the dogs are super cute.

Calico Kate said...

What a lovely post with some really good pics. The ones of your wee one are delightful, what a poppet. I am seriously impressed with the crochet squares, something I can't do and one day would like to learn.
& the quilt stars- fab colourway.
Have a super trip, look forward to reading all about it when you return.
CKx

Cynthia said...

Lots to do, Jude! May you have the energy and endurance. I love the idea of taking projects to do...I usually read but I think sometimes you just need something to do with your hands. Look forward to your post trip stories! <3

ChrisH said...

Blimey, I hope someone finds you a bed with all that flying, meeting, greeting and organising you'll be doing. Good luck with all of it.

Robyn said...

Have a great time, Jude! Gorgeous patchwork BTW.

Jenny said...

Hi Jude, lovely woolly squares - I haven't done any of those for years! Where did you get the wool from? Have a really good time in London - pity you'll be back home by the time I arrive on 27th...

Kitty said...

Hi Jude! I've had a lovely time looking through your blog - my, it looks lovely in Crete. I've never been, but perhaps I should put it on my never-ending 'places to see' list?!

Thank you SO much for the fabulous things you sent me in Jenny's mug swap. I love each and every thing.

I will be back to see you again ... I hope you're having a good time over here in the UK.

Take care :-)

Pondside said...

Have a wonderful time.........wedding planning can really be fun if you just give yourself over to it, so have fun. Lovely that you'll be with both your children.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I'm excited for you reading this post...have a wonderful trip and loads of fun.
Granny squares are lovely and cute puppies.

Fennie said...

Hello Jude, took me a little time to fine you as the link from the members page didn't seem to work. But loved this blog. You seem a very happy soul and I do hope you had a good trip back to the UK. I've never been to Crete. It's on my list for the future.

Lydia said...

Hope you have a lovely time & don't forget the Golden Syrup!

Love Lydia xx

Richard James said...

Ooooh, far more information here than on FB. I can actually see what you're up to now. You are a very busy girl, how do you find time to do all this writing?
Is the quilting something you do for pleasure, or a living, or both?

charlie said...

I came straight over to see if you'd posted more about your blanket! I still have no idea how I am going to join them all together, but I've got this far!
As for the dollies, I just sort of made them up as I went along, I never thought to keep track of what I was doing!