Uk and Italy 2012 travel blog

Mum's and my final day in Yorkshire was supposed to be a very relaxed one, which for the most part it was until we were close to running out of petrol, running late to return hire car and get on the plane. Thankfully neither happened but did mean a frantic departure! Another hot day and a drive through the Yorkshire Dales whic were lovely with a stop for a late lunch at Pately Bridge.

Arrived into George Best Belfast city airport. We were met by Alan, who is Dad's cousin and at that point Mum and I went our separate ways. Me to Caroline and Sandy's wedding out of Downpatrick and Mum with Alan for the weekend. First I stopped to visit with Sylvia and Phil for a BBQ at their home in Belfast; and very lovely it was too. Sylvia and I worked together when I was living in Leeds. Great to catch up with both of them. Then I winged my way to Strangford where I was staying for the weekend.

Saturday was of course the wedding, and what a fabulous day it was too. An outdoors wedding with the ceremony in the back garden of Caroline's neighbours and the canap├ęs and dinner in the back garden of Caroline's parents house. A really hot day again, thank goodness given the outdoor wedding. Caroline looked superb, the ceremony was great and very lovely to catch up with some excellent people I have met over the years along with meeting some lovely new people.

Sunday was rather relaxed before catching up with Mum to hear about her about her very busy weekend with Alan, as we flew to Edinburgh. Picked up a brand spanking new Peugeot (6 miles on clock) and hit the road for Gleneagles. We are staying with the widow of a distant relative of Dad's, Adriane Campbell, and this morning all 3 of us are off to meet Eve who is Dad's cousin, and her husband Gordon (having morning tea at Gleneagles golf club). So a very family-packed few days.

Off to Edinburgh tomorrow via St Andrews then Rome on Friday! It's been just over three weeks of our holiday gone, and thankfully does seem a long time away, as work seems a distant memory (mostly).

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