Thursday, 22 December 2011

Driving Home for Christmas?

More a case of planes, trains and automobiles!

Zaki and I are `home`!  We have left baba (daddy) in Marrakech to work over Christmas and New Year while we stay at my mum`s in Somerset in South West England until mid January.

We left Saturday and flew into London.  Here`s my first sight of England for 7 months.  You can just see the southern coastline under that amazing cloud which towered upward.

Gatwick airport wasn`t going to make the same mistakes as last year and seemed prepared. These were a fraction of the snowplows keeping guard.

We stayed a couple of nights with my bestie Liz and her family (including my Godson) in West London.

My mum`s Christmas tree with ornament donated by Liz
and Zaki had a blast at the Natural History museum on Sunday, where I was dragged around by him so that my arms were pulled out of their sockets - he was that excited. How many times did I hear, "Look mummy!! Come on!"?

Zaki entranced by an oviraptor`s head

Bestie Liz and Godson James next to Dippy
Despite feeling decidedly under the weather, it was the best afternoon someone had had for a long time!

On Monday morning we braved the London commuters and got tut tutted as we shuffled slowly across the concourse of Waterloo station with our suitcases to catch our early train.

Now we are home and have sat happily in front of a roaring fire, eaten mince pies, done a spot of shopping and relaxed. While missing hubby, it is lovely to be here.

Today`s claim to fame is that I look like I`m one of the last if not the last to receive my tablerunner from Susan`s Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap. Sadly, I had to leave Marrakech without it. While I have absolutely no idea where it`s coming from I have a feeling it`s going to be worth the wait.

The good news is that while I have no luck usually in giveaways (apart from winning my lovely bloggy friend Di`s giveaway back in the summer) and am no friend of Mr Random, I was chosen by him as the Free Motion winner for the Duo QAL hosted by Rhonda and Rachel. Woo hoo. Nothing.  Absolutely nothing to do with the fact I was one of 3 entrants!  Thank you Rhonda and Rachel - I am absolutely thrilled to have won.

For those who really are driving home for Christmas, this one is for you... (my mum has just said, "You`re not putting that awaful song on your blog are you?"


Elizabeth said...

MERRY MERRY to you and yours.
I was just thinking of you and your post magically appeared on my sidebar.
Send my best wishes to your mother.
Claudia arrives tomorrow and in the morning I'm hosting some Finnish people I met through my blog when we lived in Morocco!
What a small world it is.
Love to all!

Toni said...

Sounds like fun so far! Glad your travels were safe and hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Ah, Chris Rea - a local lad made good ;o) Have a fabulous time with your mum and a wonderful Christmas! And congratulations on the win!

Leanne said...

Sounds like you will have a lovely time for the holidays, enjoy!

Sarah said...

Lovely post! Enjoy your family Christmas!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Such a lovely post!
Enjoy your holidays with Zaki at your Mother’s house! Home is where is the heart is!

Catherine said...

two of my fave things there: I love planes trains and automobiles, we watch it every christmas and quote from it throughout the year - and I love Chis Reas music. Glad you have arrived home safely

Isisjem said...

My niece was complaining just the other day her dad made them decorate the Christmas tree with driving home for Christmas on a loop lol. Glad you had a safe trip and hope you have a lovely Christmas!

Strawberry Patch said...

Hello Neighbour! we are most likely popping upto my in-laws during the holidays and they too live in Somerset! Hope you have a wonderful relaxing time. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, do hope you both have a wonderful Christmas!

diane said...

I'm happy to hear you arrived safely and all is well. Have a wonderful Christmas, my friend, and we will chat soon.
xo, di

Cindy said...

Looks like you're off to a great start! How nice it must be for you to go "home" and share it with your wee man. Enjoy your Christmas xx

Flying Blind... said...

You must have flown over my house!!!
PS. I lost when there were only 2 of us in the draw - so don't knock to Duo luck!!

susan said...

The Natural History Museum is fabulous. Great day out. Glad you are getting into the seasonal spirit, mince pies, fires and all. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Katy Cameron said...

Ahh, there you are, was getting worried! Glad you both(?!) has such fun at the Natural History Museum, and that you're now home, safe and sound. I'll be driving my gran down to mum and dad's tomorrow. I don't really think of it as home though, as they moved towards the end of my time at uni, and I've never actually lived there.

pasqueflower said...

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time "back home" in England.