Gosh, it seems like a very long time since I have written a post - how have you all been? Thank you for all your comments for Alice. She is on her way there now. I've been on a solo road trip last week up to Salisbury to be with my mother during her various hospital appointments (no results yet.) It was the first time I had driven up to Salisbury alone and although I am a confident driver locally I panic at the thought of driving to places unknown. But that now has changed, sort of, with the help of my little friend the 'Tom Tom'. Well, I say 'friend' ...this little gadget and I have fallen (quite literally) out of love at least 6 blooming' times.
This is how it happens....
I leave the house saying my goodbyes with a flurry of hugs and kisses. I get into the car and pull out the Tom Tom and about a hundred attachments. I spend at least 3 minutes trying to plug in the tiny cable (why so small?) and typing in Mum and Rob's address. I then spend a further 10 minutes stretching over the steering wheel (my way too big bosoms pressing the car's horn by mistake) to try and attach the Tom Tom holder onto the windscreen. Struggle to then get the Tom Tom slotted into the holder. Holder and Tom Tom fall from the windscreen. Try again. Falls. And again. Notice that my journey time has changed to 1 minute to destination. Take Tom Tom out of holder and realise that the destination has changed to 'Home' where I was at that precise moment. The connector lead gets dislodged. No power. Fiddle with that. Type Mum and Rob's address in again. Struggle to get Tom Tom back into holder on the windscreen (bosoms thankfully nowhere near the horn). It falls down. Put it back. Notice that there is no sound now. In changing volume it falls from the holder. Put it back. Need to go to the bathroom. Go back into house. The girls both say, "Why are you still here?!" 20 minutes had elapsed. Leave the house again. It falls off 2 more times during the journey!
I made it safely to Honiton and as I was alone decided to stop off and to have a browse around the antique shops and look what I found..
..a new rug! Almost identical to our poor old burnt one. This one, unfortunately, wasn't a pound. Usually in the summer I like to put the rug away but as our carpet is burnt we need to have it to cover up the burnt bits.
I also found this wonderful mug (middle front row) and this actually was a pound.
I got to Salisbury safely and felt quite empowered that I managed the journey all by myself, well it's the Tom Tom that does all the work - it is an incredible little gadget..when it stays on the windscreen and behaves itself. It was lovely to spend some time with my mother and we even fitted in some TV watching together on the bed (Apprentice..love it..)
The view from their balcony is just stunning overlooking the water meadows with the spire of the Cathedral in the background.
I came home on Thursday with big ideas to stop off in Shaftesbury and the Girls Own Store in Bridport, which is a shop I have always wanted to go to. Rob helped me out to the car with my bags and paused waiting to wave me off.
"Umm, I'll probably be a little time sorting out the Tom Tom." I say.
He sensibly goes back into the house. This time it only took 5 minutes to sort out and a further 44 minutes later I was sitting here in Shaftesbury having a cup of tea.
"Guess where I am?" I excitedly ask Anth on my mobile. I then proceeded to take 21 photographs of Gold Hill - all so similar you could hardly tell the difference. How many photos of Gold Hill does one need I ask myself. But I just can't help myself, it is my absolute favourite view in the world. I'll just show you one more - OK?
I wandered around Shaftesbury at my own pace, enjoying the freedom to go and do what I wanted to do without anyone moaning at me. I didn't go to The Girls Own Store this time but know that it wont be the last of my little road trips as our Tom Tom has given me that little bit of confidence to drive into the unknown, quite literally.
And guess what? The blinkin'/wonderful thing stayed exactly where I put it on the way back home!