Thursday, September 24, 2015

Trains and boats and planes

You know how a tune gets stuck in your head?  For a couple of months I've had Dionne Warwick warbling happily away.  I know in the real song she's a bit mournful but in my head she sings with joy.  

Trains and boats and planes are passing by
They mean a trip to Paris or Rome
For someone else, but not for me

But this time it is for me!

And I enjoyed every minute of those train, boat and plane rides.  Not to Paris and Rome but to the places I dreamed of seeing.  I've had the best trip I could possibly have imagined.  There's nothing I would have done differently.  Nothing I'd want to change.  Perhaps I'd change about 10-15 minutes in the bus depot in Bath, England but thanks to my guardian angel and my lovely English sister-in-law, Judy I did get to Bristol airport in time to catch a plane to Ireland.  

I arrived back in the country on 12th, had a night with my older daughter and then it was on to a bus for a 6 hour trip to Taranaki to give my son-in-law a hand while my younger daughter is away in the States and France.  I admit to a bit of tiredness after 27 hours traveling but a couple of good night's sleep is all it takes for me to recover.  I do travel well, can sleep anywhere.  I tested that theory while I was in Greece by sleeping in an upright sitting position on my brother's boat when I didn't close the hatch above my bunk properly and it rained during the night.

And last night, 7 weeks and 3 days after I left I arrived back home.  I lingered in Auckland long enough for a catch up with my daughter and a hair cut, and to stock up on fruit and vegies. Now my bag is unpacked, the washing done although not dry as the weather isn't exactly sunny.  I've had hugs from the family and some lovely chats.  And made a start on sorting through my photos.  No, I'm not saying how many!

I might be able to sleep anywhere but there's no bed like my own bed.


  1. Looking forward to the pictures.

  2. I too am looking forward to seeing your pictures of the Isle of Lewis.
    It was lovely to meet you and thoroughly enjoyed the meal we had at Graham's house.
    I can now put a face to the "fence Lady!"

  3. Welcome home. It sounds like a fun trip and I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more about it. That is along time to be travelling, the only disadvantage to living down under.

  4. Now I know where you were! I'm glad you had a great trip and look at it as a great adventure.

  5. Hooray for travel! It sounds like a marvelous time, i hope you will be able to share more, i love to "travel along" with others that way.

  6. Looking forward to hearing about it all...and to pictures. Love my own bed, too.

  7. Glad you had a good time. I confess to being a little envious sometimes of people who travel well and can sleep anywhere... I'm the opposite of that, which is one reason (or two reasons) why I rarely go anywhere... Looking forward to pictures but I know what a job it is. I still haven't blogged more than half of my own holiday trip back in July - which was just four days within the province where I live!!!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together on safari at this end of the world for a change. I"m glad that you are back home safe and sound with happy memories.

  9. You've certainly had a wonderful time from what I saw on Facebook! I'm looking forward to your posts in the coming weeks.
    My month long holiday to USA, UK, Rome, Venice and a day in Paris in 2010, resulted in 3500 images after I did a clean up. I bet you have way more than that!


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