And now with Katy safely on her way home - or, more likely, stuck in jams on the M1 and M25 by the sounds of the traffic reports earlier - the weekend is basically done! Been a really lovely time though, finally getting good chances for catching up with lots of my friends as well as plenty of "us time".
Katy arrived at lunchtime yesterday, and I was prepared with Hawaiian pizza and accompaniments, which of course went down very happily. Then round to Sarah's to go out for a walk with her, Rachael and one of Rachael's friends. We were a little delayed waiting for Jam to collect Laura, but we had a good bracing stroll round Willen Lake - and not too many grumbles from younger companions. The pub was closed for refurbishment though, which was a slight disappointment, but the ice cream kiosk certainly wasn't, so there weren't too many tears. Back to mine for crumpets and chocolate Swiss roll for tea while we watched The Princess Bride - yes, the second time in only a few days for me, but it is a brilliant film after all - and a game of Scrabble. I lost that, but "only" by less than a hundred points, so given that Katy managed to empty her rack of letters twice - for fifty bonus points each time - I could take some solace and we didn't have to call the engagement off forthwith. As if, of course...
Katy spent the night at my old friends Chris and Claire's house. Zoë stayed there a lot, many years back, and they had always made it clear the offer remained open, and it happened to work out very well. It was lovely to catch up with them both after far too long, and as I expected, they and Katy got on like a house on fire. And thankfully they had recently replaced the mattress on the spare bed, so Katy managed as good a night's sleep as she could really have hoped for. Chris and Claire were only just getting up as we left this morning, but we got a chance for a quick hello and thank you anyway.
Then it was time to walk up to the XScape for church at the ski-centre café. Numbers were down a little on usual, but it was a good opportunity to catch up with various people and of course announce our good news - although obviously the grapevine is pretty efficient because Matt and Jill already knew! We'd had a bit of a Rachael overload on Saturday, so were quite thankful that largely we were able to talk with others. After that we lunched at Nando's, demolishing a whole chicken and enormous plate of chips between us - and spicy olives for me too! And then after a healthy and bracing stroll round Campbell Park, upstairs to Cineworld to watch Finding Nemo, Pixar's latest computer animated feature film, which was thoroughly excellent from start to finish - simultaneously funny and sad, and one I will definitely be getting on DVD when it's available!
Walking back to Chris and Claire's - where I had left my car for the day - we thought it perhaps best to avoid going past Sarah's house. Nothing personal, just the wish not to be mobbed by small children. So that meant we walked past my old house group leaders Seamus and Gill's house instead, and we popped in there for a little while instead. They were about to embark on their lunch - at five o'clock - but didn't mind entertaining us too, and it was good to catch up with them too and of course fill them in on happenings in David and Katy's world! We'd only planned on staying a short while - especially since they were eating - but were there for a couple of hours in the end, though since Chris and Claire were out on our return to their house to pick up my car, Katy wasn't further waylaid on her own homeward journey and was on her way soon after.
But now it's over, and I'm winding down and aiming for an early night methinks!