Touch down..

So we got here then..

We had arrived at Heathrow at 1pm with all our luggage as we had to vacate our hotel at twelve and where else can you go with all those heavy bags?   Unfortunately our plane did not leave until ten that night and we could not check in for another four hours BUT would we like to leave in an hours time on a plane doing the same route?  And if we did want to we could have three empty seats for ourselves? Oh yes..

You would think that having an hour to get from check in desk to boarding would be plenty of time wouldn’t you?  You obviously have not gone through Heathrow airport security for quite a while then..

I thought I was going to have a heart attack by the time I had finished running to the gateway, and the boarding staff must have as well by the look on their faces.  I had nearly fallen arse over tit over my own flight bag on the way as well as swearing quite horribly at a poor innocent fellow traveller (utter bastard who wouldn’t get out of the way), and here they were looking all calm and unsweaty and willing me to be calm so they wouldn’t have to call the ambulance to haul my twitching carcass away and upset the other passengers.

We had plenty of space on that leg of the journey, which is such a huge bonus on a long flight (12 hours) and then another twelve hour wait in Singapore airport which is actually quite a cool place to wait as waiting places go – I particularly enjoyed the butterfly house, and all the people watching.

Then on to Brisbane, once again heaps of room as there were several rows of seats empty.  On landing we were in smelling distance of home, the Brisbane security staff were lovely and although the coffee cost us ten british pounds for two, it was lovely!

The last leg was on a smaller plane and more cramped but it was also the shortest at four hours.  As the plane came in to land at Wellington Airport the young woman next to me turned as said “Welcome home”, and I had to turn away as the huge lump in my throat threatened to choke me.

It’s good to be home..

Landing in New Zealand..34 hours after leaving UK
Landing in New Zealand.  34 hours after leaving UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hay-on-Wye leaving doobedoobedoo..

Karen the Cake, me and Jo, at Kilvert's, Hay-on-Wye, the start of the evening.
Karen the Cake, me and Jo, at Kilvert’s, Hay-on-Wye, the start of the evening.

A few nights earlier my friends had given me the necklace I am wearing and we spent some time amusing ourselves by giving each bead a friends name according to what shape we thought they represented.  Now when I look at it I think of them all..

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My darling friend Simon, later in the evening at Tomatitoes Tapas Bar
Giant farewell cupcake with edible butterflys made by Karen, scoffed instantly (not all by me)
Giant farewell cupcake with edible butterflies made by Karen, scoffed instantly (not all by me)

 

Drink may have been taken
Drink may have been taken – Simon, Jo, Me, Jenny, Mr T, Nicky

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Just a few shots because I forgot my camera and had to rely on Chrissy to send me these.

It was a wonderful night and it is making me sad just looking at the photos knowing I will not see these lovely people for some time. They are always welcome to visit us on this side of the world 🙂