So it was back to Worthing, on the south coast in Sussex, where we have a home too. Soon it will be lived in by Jim's daughter Jenny, her husband Matt and their son, due in August!
As Jenny and Matt are moving in on 4th July, we spent some time trying to clear the place up and take more stuff to Ireland. It transpired that Jim's great nephew Sam Burgess was going to be playing rugby league for England on Saturday evening so all 3 of Jim's children decided to come to us and watch the game. Sadly the only tv we have working there is a very small one! So Ali arrived with Poppy! Woo hoo, happy me. She was asleep when she arrived but happily for me, she woke up shortly afterwards and we were able to play with her for the evening. Here are 3 photos of Poppy and Jim, the proud Grandad:
Isn't she lovely?
She is all giggly now
She thought the camera flash was funny
Of course Poppy should have been fast asleep but we had a great time playing with her and keeping her amused. It wasn't until after 10 that she got a bit grotty and Ali had to take her home. I found her a bowl and wooden spoon to play with!
I love her surprised looks!
Jim took several photos of me holding Poppy, but I look hideous in most of them! This one is the best of a bad bunch:
Another of Poppy's surprised looks!
Jenny with Poppy, Ali and Russell
Jenny is practising for the arrival of her baby. I love their expressions.
Ali looking thoughtful. Poppy caused a bit of damage with that spoon.
As for the rugby game, England absolutely slaughtered France and Sam scored a try and set another one up, so although the game wasn't really exciting, Sam did well and was mentioned several times as usual.
On the Sunday, 14th, Russell and Caz were taking part in a protest down by the sea front. The council built a lovely cycle path from Worthing to Shoreham by Sea, which they have now closed, in their infinite wisdom! So there was going to be a mass cycle ride and protest. We went down to support and I took some photos of course:
Caz in blue, Russell and Jim waiting for the ride to start
Lots of cyclists of all ages took part
The lead cyclist with a board showing what it was all about
Russell and Caz riding past and off to Shoreham
Jim was standing on the other side and took this photo of Russ and Caz!
Can you see this laid back chap's Irish flag?
Jim on the rocks!
Jim took some of me too!
Me at Splash Point, Worthing, with the pier behind
I think I need another haircut!!
I rather like this arched shelter
One of the gardens behind the beach. We sat and eat ice creams on a bench there
Sadly we had too much to do to be able to spend any more time on the beach. We were catching the overnight ferry from Pembroke and had to leave Worthing with a car full of stuff by 8pm. So it was back home and work for us until then. The journey was made much more bearable by the wonderful sky that changed throughout. I'll just pick a couple of the dozen or so I took.
It started with wonderful streaks in all directions
It gradually reddened
It was very beautiful. We arrived and our ferry, The Isle of Innishmore was waiting for us and we quickly boarded. We usually bed down on the seats in the drivers' lounge but it was pretty packed as there were a couple of coach parties with us. We just managed to find 2 benches and slept our way across. We arrived about 7am and then it was the long drive up to Clare. It wasn't too bad really and we love the countryside. A while ago I blogged about a large tower that had gone up in Waterford. Well, it is now the support for a bridge and I managed to photograph it from the car. There really wasn't anywhere suitable to stop.
Do click on it to enlarge it. It still isn't finished
From a bit further away. The cloud formations were wonderful on this journey too.
There was one dark dark sky, then rain, then a rainbow
It was an eerie light
The last photo of our journey home. The clouds hung low over the hills of Tipperary
It's now a week since I left Suffolk and I miss Jack especially.
The builders are getting on with the ceilings in the extension. My room, the spare bedroom and our bedroom have been done. Just the bathroom (which is small) and sun room (which is big) to finish.
Before Jim left Ireland he took this photo of the first strawberries he had picked. We have had lots since.
Jim took them to the UK and ate them there!
Tonight we had a lovely dinner of home grown salad leaves with herbs, gammon steak and Jim's fresh brown bread. Followed by strawberries and cream. What a treat.
We have been clearing up as best we can around the builders. Jim has been doing some work for the Horticultural Society and mowing and I've been mostly planting all the flowers Jim has grown! I have just a few more to plant tomorrow, if the weather is ok. We have been promised a week of good weather, warmer too, from Sunday afternoon. I'll take a round of flowers in the garden then.
Tomorrow I'll blog about all the wonderful things I have received through the post. Don't miss it.