Hello and welcome to 2019 here in the Eyrie. We all took a bit of a break to recover from Christmas/New Year but we are getting back into things now.
Well yesterday it was time to pull on our travelling boots once more and set off for a day trip to exotic Guernsey. We are lucky here as we are only 45 minutes away from Southampton International Airport so day trips are an option. This time it was off to the Channel Islands and plucky little Guernsey. It is a lovely little island and we got a good view from our little turbo prop plane coming in to land. All rocky shores and little bays so rather pleasant.
We got the bus into town and realised that it might be quite a challenge to fill 6 hours here. Still our dynamic duo accepted the challenge and we set off. We took a walk round the centre of town and staked out some likely prospects for closer investigation. We turned a corner only to find absolute mayhem going on. The local department store had just started their blue cross sale in all departments. Cue polite mayhem as people very politely elbowed each other out of the way. Needless to say that man entered the fray as there were bargains to be had. He found a rather nice shirt but it wasn’t quite the right size. Imagine his delight when he found that this was one of the legendary blue cross bargains. Fortunately saner heads were available in the form of Uncle Tache who calmed him down and found the right size in an obscure part of the store. Victory! A shirt that was £67 was reduced to £16.75. What a thrill and it is already been described as the bargain of 2019.
After that is was off round the town once more. It is a nice town but after the third round of the main drag it was decided that a stroll round the harbour might be a good thing. This was a good move as we all enjoyed the feeling of the wind ruffling our feathers as we walked out on the breakwater. What a bracing treat for all concerned.
It was soon time to get the airport bus back and we settled in for our short hop home. The plane only goes up to about 10,000 feet and the flight lasts about 30 minutes. Well that was the theory. We all boarded on time and we sat for quite some time. The captain came on to the PA and announced that we couldn’t set off as they couldn’t find the First Officer. Apparently he had simply vanished. Now as you know I am game for a laugh so I did offer to take over but that man didn’t think that I would inspire confidence in the rest of the passengers. Spoil sport. Anyway a substitute was eventually found and we set off about 45 minutes late. As we came into land it was very windy and it was quite a bumpy landing. Now if I had been in charge this wouldn’t have happened as we would have had to divert to an airport that was slightly more exotic than Southampton but hey ho. Still a good start to 2019.
Cliffiefest is rapidly closing in on us. I am still auditioning people for the role of travelling companion so any offers gratefully received. Trust me the bribes are going to have to be big as the trip is a good one. Watch this space.