For those of you who have missed the tales of my inlaws here the report from our Easter stay with them this year. :D
I'll try not to ramble but previous history indicates that I probably will.
Left our house just before 2pm on Sunday. There are no photos of the car journey. Adrian drove from our house to Rownham services on the M27 where we made the necessary caffeine/wee stop. We had just heard on the radio that the A31 at Ringwood was closed due to a serious accident with 11 miles of stationary traffic stuck behind it. Nice. We cursed people being unable to drive without smashing in to each other and then consulted the map. It had to be the A35 through the New Forest, Bournemouth and Poole then. I'll drive this bit. Through the New Forest was ok, except that it was ****ing with rain and some idiot in a black Golf was on a mission to kill themself by overtaking as many vehicles as possible. You know the sort. Found our way into the Bournemouth one way system and tried to find a way out. I only took two random turns which is very good for me. Adrian pointed them out straight away and I turned round straight away which is highly unusual for me - I like to explore. Bournemouth however, or at least the bit we were in, did not strike as a pleasant place to explore though, so we left that one way system and headed for the Poole one way system. I was getting a bit ****ed off with one way systems populated by slow moving vehicles by now. Finally got back on to proper roads and speeded up to more than 25mph. Stopped somewhere between Dorchester and Honiton to swap drivers again and then it was non-stop to Devon. Obligatory few minutes stuck behind a tractor and we're pulling up at the inlaws.
Willow wees in the kitchen and poos on the front doormat.
Adrian's grandma lives with Adrian's parents and a little rescue Jack Russell called Hayley. They live in the middle of nowhere in Devon. The nearest cashpoint is in Okehampton. I don't know where the nearest petrol station is but there is a Morrisons in Okehampton too. In fact Okehampton is the centre of the world in this part of the world.
We'd been travelling all day and were hungry so out came the first of many "afternoon teas" that these people seem to exist on. Bread, cake, scones, cold meats, some token cucumber and then cheesecake. Then Steven opened his birthday presents - more Star Wars stuff, and had a play before he went to bed. He was in a room with me and Adrian had another room with Willow. Dogs aren't allowed on the beds at Grandmas so we have to keep this one a secret. Look at the guilty expression.
There was a bit of pointless conversation and some staring at the television in silence before both myself and Adrian reached for one of the many books we had bought between us. Then there was some Baileys and it was bedtime.