Friday, 28 August 2009

Mini Break in Durham - Final Day

Well, after three jam packed days up north, it was time to pack up and come home. We have all had such a fab time, and our appetite has certainly been whetted for a return visit. I like the fact that everything is pretty close together and it doesn't take too long to get anywhere. I would love to come back and have a cottage or caravan near the beautiful coast and spend more time exploring this lovely part of the world.

Anyway, back to the final day. We packed up the car after breakfast and headed off. Our first stop was at a scrapbook shop on the outskirts of Durham. We had a bit of trouble finding it, and I was all set to give up, but Mark was determined (silly man - he must have known I would spend money on more craft stuff!!), and we eventually located it. It's called The Scrapbook Shop, and is a lovely shop packed full of paper crafting goodies - why can't I have shops like this on my doorstep?! The lady was lovely and we chatted whilst I made a couple of purchases. I even signed up for the loyalty card!

Our main destination before home was Leeds, well Horsforth to be more precise. Mark hasn't had the opportunity to show the children where he grew up. We stopped there for about an hour, had a look at his parents' old house and the ones that both his grandparents lived in. We had a bit of a stroll into the town to get some provisions for the journey home.

Traffic-wise, we had no hold ups until we got to Stevenage and then had to go all round the houses due to a road closure - heigh ho and c'est la vie!

It was nice to get home and find that Mum had done all the washing and ironing - what a star! (I hope you are reading this Mum!!).

There are no photos to add to this posting today (cos I didn't take any - ha ha!!).

We planned to have a relaxing Sunday to give Mark a chance to recover from all the driving, but no. Lucky us, Emily and some of her friends descended upon us in the afternoon, so it was rather chaotic. Will stayed for dinner again - it's getting to be a habit!

That's enough for now. Toodle pip!

M x

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