Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Thank god for free wifi with your coffee...

... or in my case, hot chocolate. This could be the shortest blog post ever as I'm on High St Ken, beset by the boys as they eat lunch noisily and messily whilst I try frantically to check my e-mail, organise a night out tonight, and write a blog post... (do I need to say that we're we staying doesn't have internet?).

We made it back to Blighty - finally - yesterday, two days late, after hours spent at Moscow airport, in taxis, and on the phone and at airport check in desks rebooking flights (3 times) because of the snow at Heathrow. We raced across concourses, trunkies trailing behind us, cannoning into whoever was unfortunate enough to get in our way, and muttering curses under out breath (well, that last was me. The cannoning into was done the boys - mostly).

We were the victim of soviet-style lack of communication, misunderstandings, and random acts of kindness (thanks Tattie Weasle for reminding me of that phrase!), and were adopted at 10pm on Saturday night by Amy Winehouse's tour manager who sent one of his guys to go and find our luggage for us so we could go home rather than spend the night in a cruddy airport hotel.

And finally, after a Sunday spent doing not very much in particular (which was actually a welcome bonus in an otherwise crazy Christmas season), the boys and I made a flight yesterday afternoon which went amazingly smoothly and which delivered us and our luggage intact into an incredibly deserted Heathrow Terminal One.

And now, having scored the last pairs of snow boots in the Boys sizes for a 100mile radius of London (according to the shop assistants in the 5 stores we visited this morning), we are taking a break before heading back to where we're staying. Well, when I say 'taking a break' I'm alone with the boys and one of them is desperate for the loo. So now I have to go.

You get the picture... Happy Christmas, all!


  1. Merry Christmas to you too and I hope that things are nice and relaxed for you!

  2. You're on form, PM. You're really on form. Have a great Christmas.

  3. Wow, what an experience. Only you could get adopted by Amy Winehouse's Tour Manager....

  4. I guess Amy's manager would be used to dealing with crises.....

    what happened with the snowboots - surely you didn't forget them?

    Have a happy Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas and hope you have a brilliant year ahead

  6. And a happy Christmas to you! I hope you don't go absolutely crazy without internet. I would. Luckily my in-laws have wifi.

  7. Holidays present more challenges than the a regular day for mommies.

    Hope things are a bit calmer and you get to enjoy the holidays.

  8. Thanks Pippa!

    You too Iota (and thankyou).

    DG, I think it was more the boys than me, to be honest...

    NVG, funnily enough that's just what he said! And as for the snow boots, actually we did have some with us (thank god), but they needed to be replaced. Which luckily, we managed (eventually)

    TRM, thankyou, and the same to you!

    Mwa, watch this space for the craziness quota.

    nmaha, they certainly do - and I hope your holidays are enjoyable too.

  9. Merry Happy - I'm impressed by the adventures but sort of glad we're staying at home... sounds knackering!

  10. Am just loving that you were adopted by Amy Winehouse's tour manager - makes me feel much more charitable towards her

    Hope you had a good Christmas break

  11. snow boots and closed airports.... amazing how different it is in australia at the moment. we are expecting a 43 degree day on NYE - crazy hot!

    great to have found your blog, pop over to bigwords one day if you get a chance

  12. What an epic journey you had. The snow has caused such exhausting disruption. I am also loving how Amy Winehouse's manager adopted you with a random act of kindness. Happy Christmas and New Year.

  13. Sparx, yes, next year maybe we'll do the same. (As if I'll ever get the option!)

    MAM, thanks - although in the interests of full disclosure, Amy was not actually there herself having flown out on a private jet the night before.

    BW, thankyou - and I will.

    HB, yes he was a real gentleman. And happy new year to you too!

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