Well I know it's been a long, long time and so much happened in July that I just didn't get here. We had Ash and Ben to stay. Richard and Jon went to the cricket at Lords and Richard and I got to go to the Wimbledon Men's Final to see Rafa win! Ash left and the next day Kristen popped in for for ten days from Dubai (an email one Friday afternoon saying I am arriving at Heathrow at 10:00pm tonight Aunty Ali!
How cool is that?) We went to Brighton (just Richard and I), to Bath (with Kristen)and have had several days out in London(with Ash and Ben and Kristen) and to top it all off my school year finished! The wind up at school included all the normal reports to finalise and performance reviews to do for three Teaching assistants in my classroom, presents to make for staff and students leaving and to top it off a play for our end of school year performance including the making of props, calming of ruffled feathers and learning of parts! We also celebrated Richard Mum and Dad's sixtieth wedding anniversary and to top the month off Richard had a three day hockey tournament and I even got to do an art workshop! So I am sure you can appreciate how flat out we have been.
OK so where are we now...in a hotel in France in a place called Abbeville. We left home about 9:00 am today and drove to Dover where we saw the following:
The Dover Castle
The Port of Dover
The Port and a small section of the white cliffs
'Bruce' our Volvo with some of the white cliffs behind him
This was the view as we came into Calais:
Entering Calais Port
...and then we drove our car on the wrong side of the road to get here. To say the first little while on the road was nerve racking is an understatement. The roundabouts are the scariest part and watching a car doing a left hand turn and cutting across in front of you is off putting to say the least. It's not the first time I have been in vehicles in Europe, it just seemed even stranger today sitting in our car on the 'right side' and being on the 'wrong' side of the road.
Tomorrow will be spent driving through France towards Spain. We should get to Spain on Wednesday. Lots of love to you all. XXX