I arrived back into the UK late on a Wednesday evening; four days earlier than planned. It took me a day to unpack, wash and sort my stuff and the caravan washing and to catch up with the always necessary food shopping. I also sorted out some clothes and filled one and a half black plastic sacks for the charity shop. I then ventured into town on Friday to to drop off my donations and collect my daughter's birthday present.
Several of the charity shops that were closed when I left had reopened. I bought this blue and white lightweight jacket by M&Co for 1.00 in the Salvation Army. I don't like the new Blogger; the photo sizing is different from the one I used on my previous post; which I posted only a day ago! Anyway, back to Bedford where they were digging the town centre up with annoying one way systems in place. I walked miles just trying to get from one place to another. I was glad to see the 3:16 charity shop had reopened too; and picked up a nice linen dress in their sale for 2.50. I also had books to drop off to Oxfam and went to Wilco where I found trays of Pansies and Violas reduced to 10p a tray - admittedly some of the plants were a bit bedraggled looking but most will be fine once re-planted and watered.
I walked on both Saturday and Sunday; I needed to get back into my walking routine. All the family came for dinner on Sunday and it was wonderful to see them all - I had missed them and they me.
I'm just going to backtrack to a couple of visits with my Irish family.
This was Coral beach, St. John's Point, Co. Donegal where I swam on 10 occasions. The tide is out here and I was sitting in my fisherman's chair reading the paper and waiting for the tide to come in again so I could swim. I was checking out the bird life with my binoculars as well. It was a beautiful day.
Later that same day Doirin and Linda came to stay overnight; I took them to Slieve Liagh (highest cliffs in Europe). Top: L to right; Linda and I, me in walking hat (it was a hot day); bottom right and left; Linda and me and Doirin. My cousins are all tiny and very petite in build; although I'm only 5' 3" I have a stocky build and I seem to tower above them!
All jewellery and headscarf charity shopped. I bought the earrings in a Carrick-on-Shannon charity shop.