It is a beautiful drive through the Vale of York where the views go on for miles.
Then we headed over the Pennines. The Pennines are know as the backbone of England and separate Yorkshire from Lancashire. Since the War of the Roses there has been a friendly rivalry between the two counties. My Mother is from Yorkshire, and that is where we lived when we moved to England, when I was seventeen. My sister went to college in Lancashire and married and settled there. The scenery is wonderful and the sky was especially dramatic on this day.
We were very lucky with the weather, especially as England had been experiencing freak storm and flooding. We did get a little rain at one point and suddenly this huge factory loomed ahead, surrounded by mist.
Finally we left the main motorway and were on the country roads leading to Elswick.
Monday the power went out and we watched the workmen dig up the road across from their house.
I went into Preston with Steven and managed to get my last few gifts for Christmas. I saw the market there, which is huge, and also visited the modern shopping mall. It was nice to get to see this city. My cousin lives here, and it is also where my friend Mik hails from, (he is married to Carole from Horwich lol)
Inside the mall was lovely and warm, and the decorations were quite impressive. Christmas was in the air.
We got all our errands run, and even picked up the turkey from the farmer who raised it. We met him in a pub car park on our way back home and the deal was done.
We arrived home and were surprised there was still no power. By tea-tiime we heard it was expected to be back on around 10:30 so we all walked around the corner to the pub. The Ship is just minutes from Geraldine's door and by this time Steven's sister had arrived, as had my nephew Kevin. So there were six of us for dinner and we had such a wonderful meal together. We got home to a dark house and the power finally came on around 12:30. It was a great excuse for a good night out.
Paul arrived on Christmas Eve and our company was complete
This was the first Christmas I had been with my sister and brother in England for many years. It was truly a blessing and we had the most amazing time together, fine food, drink and so much love and laughter.
Christmas dinner was a feast. We started with Kathy, Steve's sister's piece de resistance, scallops and bacon.
I packed my bag and when it came time to say good bye we said what a special time we had had together and how lucky we are to all get along so well.
Back in Len's trusty car, we set off for Leeds, where I would stay for a few precious days with my college friend Jill.
That is my next story.