Dreaming of a White Christmas

Monday 12 December 2011  – Sunny, quite warm – top of 32°

Meika, the cat, deposited at Eenie’s house, winter woollies and Christmas presents all packed, the house locked up tight.  We were chauffeured to the airport by Katharine and Steve for our 2.40pm Singapore Airlines flight to London via Singapore. We were very excited about spending 8 weeks with Janet, Adrian and Ella but a little bit sad to be leaving Katharine, Steve and Eenie behind.

This is the third time that we have caught this flight – an A330-300 from Brisbane to Singapore and an A380 from Singapore to London (once again we were lucky enough to be on the top deck).  We landed in Chiangi Airport, Singapore for our 2½ hour stopover in terminal 2 and caught the shuttle skytrain to terminal 3 for our flight to London Heathrow. This was a bit different to what we are used to as we have previously landed at the same terminal that we left from. We had a good flight and even managed to get a couple of hours sleep on the second leg.

Tuesday 13 December – overcast, cool, top of 7°

Arrived in London at 5.55am (only 2° and light rain) to be met by Janet, Adrian and Ella after getting through Customs with no queues and the usual 20 minute wait for our luggage.  Adrian then caught the train to work and the rest of us headed back to our “second home” in Maidenhead.  First we had a nice cuppa, then had showers and unpacked, before heading off for a walk to the shops in Maidenhead. We arrived back at the flat at abut 4.15pm and by then it was getting quite dark, which was very different from our last trip when we had twilight until well after 9.00pm.  At this time of the year, the sun rises at about 8.00am and it is quite dark by 4.30pm.  We enjoyed our first day in the UK, playing and having cuddles with Ella and chatting to Janet and Adrian.

Wednesday 14 December – overcast, cool, occasional showers, top of 5°

Janet took us to High Wycombe to the Eden Shopping Centre, which is a fairly large indoor/outdoor complex about 20 minutes drive from Maidenhead.  We had lunch at a lovely café, where Janet was able to give Ella her lunch too – much easier now that she is on solids.  After lunch we went to Matalan and Sainsburys and headed back to Maidenhead for a quiet afternoon.

In the evening, Janet and Sandy went to the Piggott School Carols, which is held at the local church in Wargrave.  Janet enjoyed catching up with some of her former work colleagues and students.  The two of us had a lovely night.

Thursday 15 December – showers all day – top of 5°

Today was spent doing the shopping for food for our Christmas Tree party, which will be on Saturday.  As Ella was unsettled overnight, we were all up early and were at the shops at 8.30am.  We also cleaned the flat and wrapped all the Christmas presents.  We spent a quiet afternoon with Janet and Ella and then went to bed early for a good night’s sleep.

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