We had a very long day indeed on friday. We had to drop off our hire car before 10:30 in Helston which meant a fairly early breakfast and a fast packing of the van. Final checks of the cottage complete, we drove out to Helston and dropped the car, then on to Hayle to get pasties for lunch later and from there up the A30 past the 3 windfarms in Cornwall.
We took some time out in Devon to visit Glebe Cottage garden, the preserve of Carol Klein. Well, we had our pasty lunch, and then Dee and Ted went to look while Dan and I relaxed by the van in the sunshine.
After that we struck out for home – or mine at any rate! However, that short statement does not really convey just how awful the trip was. We got caught in traffic jams and then in roadworks, and in trying to avoid the roadworks we ended up trying to cross Bristol – at 5pm! The M4 wasn’t too bad when we reached it, nor was the road north through Oxfordshire, but the last hour or so before we reached Bedford was awful. A very low speed limit, traffic cones everywhere, conflicting signage… Lets just say that I completely understood what the complaints from some of the folks at work had been about. It was made harder by the fact that we’d been on the road in some form or another for 11 hours by the time we finally reached my house.
When we did arrive, we wasted no time getting the bags we needed and letting Ted and Dee go on to their overnight site. The cats recieved some fuss and some supper, we cooked and ate some supper; and then we slept as those who have travelled a very long way.