Ahh, a day with nothing in particular planned. What bliss after five weeks on the go! We slept in before making ourselves a latish breakfast. So nice to be able to choose what to have from the refrigerator and the cupboard without being confronted with a groaning smorgasbord or a full English breakfast. Even though I only needed some fruit and some cereal I couldn't resist a slice (OK two) of toast with lashings of English butter and some marmalade.
With access to Kath's washing machine we took the opportunity to freshen up nearly all of our clothes. We have only been rinsing things out in the basins in our rooms since we last machine washed a load of clothes in Avignon so it was fab to be able to give things a proper wash and, even better, hang things outside on the clothesline to dry.
Just before noon I walked down the hill to the beautician. In the belief that the weather during our cruise of the northern Aegean Sea would be warm and sunny I asked Kath to make an appointment for me to have my legs and toes attended to. The lovely Tara had me waxed and pedi'd in no time at all and feeling like I will be able to wear bathers and shorts to enjoy the sun aboard the Thomson's boat 'The Spirit'. I rang Bernie's number so that he would know I was finished and walked across the road to meet him at Tesco's.
We volunteered to cook dinner tonight seeing as we haven't cooked a meal for more than five weeks. We bought the ingredients for dinner and some pork pies for lunch before driving back up the hill for a lazy afternoon. The weather held just long enough for us to get most of our washing dry. Bernie finished a few things off with the iron and we hung a few others around our room to air off.
Colin, Lucy, India and Amelia popped in to say 'Hi' during the afternoon and made arrangements to return after dinner to play cards. The girls are both quite musical so treated us to an impromptu concert that included the song that India will be performing at the school concert on Sunday evening.
It's always a challenge playing 'Jo' with six players and paying with one and two pence coins results in a HUGE pot ... which I won. Woo hoo! Since I started with a full money jar on Tuesday night and didn't lose very much when we played last night I needed an overflow bag to hold my winnings. Lucy won at 'Blobs'.
The girls had decided to stay overnight at Gran and Grandad's and had gone to bed hours earlier. Bernie was cleaning his teeth when one of the girls needed the loo. When she found the upstairs bathroom occupied she headed down to the downstairs loo ... and set off the burglar alarm! Oops, Albert had to rush downstairs to turn off the alarm before it woke the whole street.
Steps for the day 8,597 (6.19 km)
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