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24 August, Sunday

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 24 August 2008 | Views [628]

D-day - or Au Revoir day. We had persuaded Allan and Dot to go to their car boot sale and so we got up early to say goodbye. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but, nevertheless, several tears were shed! After they had gone, we got our things together but....we had left our car keys in Allan's car! Luckily we had a spare, so could at least open the car to put our things in but unfortunately we needed the remote to unlock the ignition. We rang Allan, who hot-footed it home with our keys. He couldn't find Dot at the huge car boot sale, so couldn't stop. What a palaver.

We set off for Barbara and Ian's, in Nottingham but, after a few miles, wondered where Tom Tom was taking us, then remembered that last time we used it, we had programmed it to miss motorways. Ron re-programmed it and we ended up going via Sheffield (in Yorkshire)! Then, when we finally reached the M1, it was closed because of two big cooling towers having been demolished nearby the day before. After an extremely long diversion, we were on track again and reached Barbara and Ian's without any further mishap.

We had a lovely lunch with them, then a nice leasurely stroll around Woodborough, where they live. They gave us a beautiful Nottingham lace tablecloth which we will treasure.

After another emotional farewell, we headed for Sam's, where we'll be until Monday evening, when we head for Jean and Chris's, in Crowthorne.

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