The curry night turned out to be a cover for a surprise birthday party for me. Jan and Mary had organised the evening and 13 family and friends came along. Jan did 2 different curries, tikka and Korma with the works. After dinner, they all started singing happy birthday and Jan walked in with a beautiful big birthday cake with Happy Birthday Trish, sparklers and candles. It just took my breath away that they had gone to so much trouble. The evening was absolutely wonderful and we all eventually got to bed about midnight.
27th: Went out with Jan and Keith to the Granery, overlooking the Meadows Golf Course in Peterborough. Course looks great, wish I could have had a game. In spite of it being Winter, the greens are in great condition.
28th: Over at Jan's for roast beef dinner, then an early night for a 3 a.m. taxi pickup for our flight from Gatwick. There's no wifi on the boat, so will update when we get back on 8th March.
My trip began with flight EK435 from Brisbane to Dubai. The flight was uneventful of 13.30 hr duration, meals were 4 courses, dinner served an hour into the flight, followed by a snack with breakfast served before landing at Dubai. Change of flight Dubai to Birmingham of 7.40 hrs duration. Again uneventful with plentiful food, Continental breakfast, snack and lunch served during the flight. Arrived Birmingham 11.45 am, through Customs quickly, however luggage took over an hour, Mary and Liz were there to meet me. A 2 hour drive to Peterborough to Jan and Keith's house. Jan had made lasagne and Liz and Chris drove Mary and I to Mary's house. Jet lagged for first three days, out and about today, Thursday, Chris and Liz's for afternoon tea, Jan's for dinner. Met Nicki, Tash and Dane. Sat. family coming over to Jan's, will get to meet the rest of the clan. Having a curry night, staying over and having a full English breakfast in morning. Leave for Egypt 3am Wednesday morning.