I'm sitting here patiently waiting for Argos to deliver a new desk for the office, so I guess it's a good opportunity to get these ramblings up to date. For a bank-holiday weekend when we had some vague plans, which never really came to anything for various reasons, I think we did surprisingly well.
Saturday was a "doing useful things" day, some of those useful things being sorting out a birthday present for Katy's dad, eyeing up new lounge curtains and a better doormat, getting various kinds of hooks for various purposes, buying a strimmer, and inevitably tending the garden - this time able to do a proper job, going right to the edges. Standard bank-holiday fare, I guess! Oh, and I'm pretty sure we earned our crispy duck pancakes we had in the evening, even if we did stop for a Burger King lunch while we were in Farnborough.
Sunday we thought we would check out a curtain shop in Weybridge, being where Katy had bought our last lounge curtains and got a good deal, stopping off in Guildford on the way to buy one of the doormats we'd been contemplating. As it turned out, the curtain shop was considerably more expensive than the one we'd looked in on Saturday for the exact same fabric, so it was just as well we had planned on making a bit of a day out of it by stopping for a picnic and a walk near Wisley, just off the M25/A3 interchange. Our walk took us to the Chatley Heath semaphore tower, about which my ignorance slightly dismayed Katy I fear, never having considered how the Admiralty might have efficiently communicated with the docks in Portsmouth before the days of the telephone. So that was a definite education for me, and there were great views from the top, especially towards London, with the London Eye, the "Gherkin", Canary Wharf and the new Wembley Stadium all clearly visible in the distant shimmer. We also had a look round the nearby lake, but that was poor in comparison to those at Frensham.
Monday we really weren't quite sure what we were going to do, wanting to do something a bit active or sociable, but fast running out of options or people definitely able to join us. But quite by chance I "bumped into" Darren on MSN, for the first time in a good while, and they were having similar problems. So after a couple of phone calls and short family discussions on both ends of the line, we agreed they would come and spend the afternoon with us rather than waiting even to get into a theme park. We still had the morning to ourselves so ordered our curtains from the original shop and did a little extra shopping, getting home just in time for Darren, Ceryn, Lois and Ruth's arrival. Despite a distinct lack of white rolls at Tesco, a good barbecue lunch ensued - the first time our parasol had gone up, suspecting little Ruth might appreciate the shade - and afterwards we drove out to the forest park at Alice Holt, proving to be a hit with everyone concerned. A bite of tea for more or less everyone, then it was time to convince Lois she really would be better off going home with the rest of them rather than falling asleep on the sofa, and all was quiet again.
And, barring anything I've forgotten, that was that. But what a great weekend!
Still no Argos lorry, though. 8am to 6pm delivery windows are not much fun...