Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Driving Home for Christmas

I thought for a while there that we wouldn't make it out of London.

But happily, the snow turned to slush overnight and the ice was cleared on the motorways just in time. The children and I made it to Oxford today where we saw:

  • one Great Grandma, recently arrived in the temperate south from the deep, deep snow of North Yorkshire.

  • three favourite cousins
  • one of whom is now smiling and cooing and even more captivating than when I last saw him

  • marzipan topped mince pies from Betty's Tearooms, which my brother declared to be the best mince pies he had ever eaten. They had come down south with Great Grandma the day before. There is nothing quite like a mince pie from Yorkshire to make me feel Christmassy.
  • an extremely sprightly Granny with no sticks and a big grin on her face. Who cooked lunch for ten and made me forget she had a full hip replacement operation just six weeks ago. "Wean yourself off the sticks," her consultant told her last week. So she tossed them aside.

There was only one thing to listen to as I purred up the motorway to Oxford to see them all. Perfect.


  1. Have a wonderful Christmas Nancy surrounded by your family.
    What a wonerful photo of Great Grandma and the children to have, so natural and fun.
    Glad you made the trip safe and sound.
    love and best wishes for a fabulous Christmas and happy and healthy 2010.
    Jane. x

  2. Glad you managed to get there safely,we still have about 5inches of snow here in Bucks.Have a great Christmas and a safe journey home.


  3. Such a lovely set of photos - how fabulous for the children to have so many generations around them for Christmas. I'm glad you reached home safely - and a special hip hooray for your stickless Mum. That's really good going!

  4. have a wonderful family Christmas - and for the record any at all from Betty's is wonderful, sadly the enormous queue extending down the road in the snow put me off from aquiring a little treat.

  5. Ah, treats from Betty's, lovely! Sounds like a great day, and your grandma is so inspiring!

  6. How lovely! I must start to feel less churlish about my long drive to the baby cousin tomorrow...


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