More about last weekend.......
The morning after Stock Gaylard we were up at 7.30am to set off for the Cotswolds. Within 5 minutes of getting there, the first man arrived to collect some of Mother in Law's furniture. With the house now (hopefully) sold, we have to do the final clearance of the remaining bits, so we advertised them on Ebay. From 11am onwards it was non-stop collections until about 3pm! We had such a laugh with the lovely folks that bought the furniture. The first family turned up with their nephew - a lovely man, he was so polite, very sweet and luckily also very strong, which was just as well because when they tried to take a wardrobe downstairs, it wouldn't go, so my other half, nephew and uncle had to dismantle the whole thing moreorless into matchwood!
Meanwhile the second set of people arrived, two ladies with their elderly but very spritely mother who had joined them for the trip as she loved the Cotswolds so much. I made mother a cup of tea and she sat in the garden enjoying the air. The two ladies had arrived complete with toolbox and were dressed in very sensible "furniture removing" clothes. The three of us then "set to" dismantling another bigger three door wardrobe, (well actually some of it dismantled itself when the shelves and back fell out!) Between us we managed to get the whole lot downstairs in pieces, then as they were loading it into the van, one of the ladies stepped on the mirror and cracked it! They didn't mind too much as the wardrobe was for their teenage nephew - (does he seriously want to look at himself in a full length mirror!!)
Anyway, as it turned out, none of the people collecting had ever used Ebay before. The nephew of the first family is a musician who had a massive hit record a few years back. The two ladies are currently building their own eco friendly house, (out of marine ply and newspaper according to "Mum" who I would have been quite happy to bring home with me because she was so lovely!) and their house build will be on Grand Designs next year.
Once everyone had left, we decided to make the most of the dry weather and have a "tourist" trip to Stratford Upon Avon. We used to live in a little village called Alcester a few miles from Stratford when we were first married, so it was like stepping back in time for us. It has changed over the passing years, but is still as beautiful as it ever was. It's hard not to be impressed by the Tudor achitecture and the river. I didn't have my camera with me, but I took a few snaps on the phone, this is Shakespeare's house:
And this is a row of Tudor buildings now used as shops.
What a superb and extraordinary weekend we've had. But now it's back to the mundane - work!