And, thankfully, I was not disappointed. A truly wonderful trip of just eight days visiting my most treasured, and very much-missed, friends and family. With a strict itinerary in hand and all transfers pre-booked in advance to avoid any deviation from the plan, off I went. Eight days, one hen do (batchelorette party), three brand new babies, an Alumni reunion, several lunches, dinners and afternoon high teas, a couple of cheeky glasses of champagne to celebrate those special moments (I have long since given up this particular vice), several shopping expeditions and here I am, safely returned to my home and dogs, feeling renewed and invigorated.
There is a line in a song that goes "everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you". It seems I may have this effect. The UK had recently had a very chilly spell, yet on my arrival temperatures were up and a perfectly pleasant week of frosty mornings but mild, sunny days followed. Conversely, I returned to my island home to complaints about a lack of rain and an imminent drought and some very sad-looking fruit trees. 24hrs later, the first good downpour for more than ten days!
YAY! for the rain;
YAY! for changeable weather;
YAY! for seasonality and
a great big huge HOORAY! for the natural order of things.
What a marvellous trip I had; what scrumptiously delicious and wickedly decadent, naughty things I ate and drank and how happy and contented I am to be home again!
SAME TIME NEXT YEAR?....Possibly?....Probably?....but always, HOPE-FULLY!