Up early feeling excited. Things to do, let fire go out, cap chimney, switch off fridge, clean through boat, empty cassette ( Ians job ) take cases to cottage ready for when Howard picks us up to take to Broadmarsh Bus station. By 10.30am we were about ready to go but with our coach booked for 12.40 pm it was a little early to set off for Nottingham. Quick walk to Lidl for sweeties for on the journey and ready to leave by 11am. Arrived at bus station 11.50.
Coach 10 minutes late and journey was horrible. Took over 7 hours. Nottingham to Leicester and the driver had to take his 40 minute break. Left by 14.15pm and then stopped to pick up passengers at Coventry, Lemington Spa, Bambury and Oxford where we changed coach. This then stopped at Newbury, Winchester, and finally Southampton. Had a 10 minute walk to the Ibis hotel
pulling along 2 large cases, one holdall, small travel bag and rucksack full of camera equipment.
Booked into hotel by 8pm, had a chili con carne for a meal followed by bottle of wine £16 and 2 coffees. Check out tomorrow is 12pm and embarkation of Boudicca at 14.30pm tomorrow.
|View from the Hotel Ibis bedroom window. Boudicca's red funnel can be seen through the trees on the left.||'|
Friday 21st. Weather mainly sunny
Breakfast 8.30am then off for a walk to look at Boudicca.
Now 13.00pm and waiting for a taxi to take us off to our long awaited holiday.