Just before I came on this trip to England I wondered if three and a half weeks at my daughter's house might not be a bit much...for her and for me.
My visits are normally just for a week or a little more, which is fine. Their house is small, only two bedrooms, so I have to sleep on the sofa. It's comfy enough but with all the paraphernalia of Christmas being added daily to the house, it was becoming quite overcrowded. And I hate living out of a suitcase.
I sometimes stay at my brother's house but it wasn't possible this visit. His daughter has just bought her first home. Exchange of contracts had been delayed and my brother's house is packed to the rafters with his daughter's furniture, so no room to squeeze me in!
I had an offer from a friend of one of her spare rooms, and the run of her house. I didn't want to offend my daughter by taking up my friend's offer so decided to go ahead and stay with my daughter. After a week of sleeping on the sofa and feeling like none of us have our own space, I made the decision to move to my friend's house for the rest of my stay. I am really just sleeping there and going to my daughter's house every day. I will of course be staying over for babysitting and for Christmas, but it does give all of us a bit of personal space when we need it.
I'm having a bit of a disaster with umbrellas. I bought one in Turkey before I set off. Used it for the first time last week and a gust of wind blew it inside out, broke all the spokes and the whole thing collapsed. I bought another one on Friday, and lost it. (at least I thought I had). I bought a third one yesterday, and promptly found the second one.
I am about to hit the shops for some new boots. My black knee high leather boots are leaking water. The soles are coming adrift, and I'm not sure they can be fixed. They haven't had a lot of wear and I'm very fond of them. However they are 37 years old. They are classic design and never go out of fashion.
I wondered if anyone else had shoes or boots as old as this? Do let me know!