Our holiday started on Monday but we didn’t leave the Vicarage until 3pm. The hairdresser was booked to come in at lunchtime so we decided to go ahead with it. The appointment with BT was meant to be on that day too but as usual they messed up. More about BT in another post.
Our holiday destination was to the famous English city where we used to live. The purpose of the holiday was so that the Mhinisteir could get a few things done like taking our trusty old car for an MOT and a service. We prefer to take our car to our old garage in Scotland but these days it is just not practical. This appointment was booked ages ago but on the day of our travel, when the Mhinisteir rang them, the garage couldn’t find it and the owner with whom the Mhinisteir usually deals with was on holiday! Thankfully, just before we left the Vicarage, the garage phoned back to say that we should bring the car in as scheduled! Hallelujah!
We arrived at our little self catering cottage around dinner time. We had stayed there a decade ago! The cottage was squeaky clean and I appreciated their Covid-19 safeguarding measures which included no physical contact. We just had to take the keys to the cottage from a key safe.
We took a slow walk into the city centre as we needed to get dinner but also wanted to reminisce. Sadly, the city has gone down quite a bit. I didn’t like being harassed by touters. I suggested a nice Thai restaurant for dinner. I am still not comfortable dining in so it was going to be a take away. Needless to say that the food was lovely. They even took 20% off from our bill which was totally unexpected but much appreciated! I had my usual spice free Pad Thai while the Mhinisteir had something fiery. The portions were super generous that the leftovers ended up as another meal! Not complaining though! 😀
I spent most of my time either inside or outside the cottage catching up on my reading. As for the Mhinisteir, on top of the car business, he had a dental appointment one day and he also got to meet his friend for lunch at The Ivy the next! The car couldn’t be serviced as they didn’t have enough workmen but the car pass did the MOT!!!!!!
We both managed to sleep well every single night which was bliss.
A strange incident happened on the afternoon after the Mhinisteir had been to The Ivy with his friend. Shortly after he arrived back at the cottage and as he was removing his socks, I noticed that one of his toe was covered in blood! The Mhinisteir hadn’t noticed it until I had pointed out to him. His sock too was covered in blood. Thankfully it was nothing serious but just a cut. How he got it is a mystery!
All in all, we had a super holiday compared to our last one!
Since March, we have been unable to get to our usual dentist in Scotland. There is one in the nearby town but they are not open as they are still sourcing for PPE!!!
Anyway, the Mhinisteir had some work in the big city and so he decided to fix an appointment with a dentist there. They are private and expensive. However, we don’t have much of a choice at the moment.
According to him, he got a good service. They were not able to do any cleaning so he just got a comprehensive check as a new patient. The bill came up to just over £200 but we think it is worth it.
However, I still can’t get over the fact that he had to pay £30 for the PPE. Way too dear!!!
I had to make a fairly urgent trip to the Dentist yesterday. I was so not looking forward to it for various reasons but it had to be done before the start of the holidays.
As my tooth needed urgent looking into, I couldn’t go to my Dentist in Scotland. Yes, you read it correctly. I still go to my Dentist in Scotland!!!
Why the urgent need for the Dentist? It all started because of a pickled egg! A parishioner very kindly gave us a jar of pickled eggs during the harvest festival and I had it for the first time a week ago. Since then, one of my tooth had been very sensitive. My suspicion was a missing filling.
However, I could only get an appointment at a private clinic but I was just grateful to get an appointment.
Anyway, I had a very pleasant appointment with a young dental surgeon. The icing on the cake was that he was half Scottish. Strangely he couldn’t find anything wrong with my tooth. This was even after an X-ray.
I was just thanking God for this news because I was very concerned about the fees. I came back home relieved and rejoicing!!!!