Sunday, May 23, 2010

A heavenly weekend

What a fab weekend! The weather was hot, hot, hot! Even warmer than Maui weather, if you can believe it. I didn't want to spend anytime indoors. :)

So here's what we did with our gorgeous weekend.....

On Saturday morning we woke up early so that we could drive down to the town that has a Costco and Ikea. We wanted to look at stuff for around the house as well as price some food stuff for our wedding reception. You would be proud of me! I drove almost the entire way there. Can we all just stop a moment to appreciate how difficult it is for me to drive on the wrong side of the car, on the opposite side of the road in an unfamiliar place with completely strange markings on the road and the only way to know where you're going is if you can read these confusing signs in a flash while you drive past them going 70 miles per hour:
Yeah. Not easy. I stopped just outside of the city, because I didn't want to be trying to drive in an area that I was completely unfamiliar with, and I did take one tiny little bad turn on a roundabout (unsurprisingly), but I managed to get us there in one piece, so...well done me!

On our way to the Ikea I saw this mecca of shopping. Wished we would have had more time to go in there and poke around. That's the largest Asda I've seen yet!
We had a blast walking around in Ikea picking up odds and ends for the house. I got a fab glass salad bowl for only 1.99  What a deal. And just look at these adorable glass bottles for my window sill. Cute, no?
After Ikea we headed to Costco and spent WAY more than we wanted to, but we had a great time. There were some disappointing differences between the Costco I'm used to and the UK version...mainly that they didn't have any Root Beer, or yummy tri-tips, or bottles of Hidden Valley ranch dressing....and - if you can wrap your head around it - NO mocha freeze at the concession stand. (I know! Sacrilege!) But overall, it was the same Costco I love and I'm super pleased to have it here.

Then it was a quick drive home again to make it in time for tea with the parents. A yummy curry of course. We ate it outside on the patio in the garden and talked about wedding reception plans. It was a wonderful time. :) Then my wonderful husband suggested we take his Dad's convertible for a lovely drive to take advantage of the warm evening weather. We drove rather leisurely on a bunch of back roads so I could see more of the countryside and we eventually ended up at a pub, where we sat down by the river and shared a bottle of cider. Here's some pictures that I took along the way.... (click on them to enlarge)

We woke up early again on Sunday morning because we wanted to hit a car boot sale. What fun! Here's a picture of roughly one forth of the market. It just kept going and going! There were loads of books that I would have loved sifting through if I'd been on my own.  I can't wait to go again!
 That's all for now.....xxxx


Linda said...

You are so funny ... I laughed and giggled and imagined how wonderful things are for you now that you are settling in ... love your description of driving and such. You're doing so well! Congratulations. BTW, do you wanna have me send you tri-tips or anything? Teehee ...

Nanny Adventures said...

Holy moolly, those signs look so confusing. I don't blame you for not driving all the way. IKEA is the best, love the vases. The pictures are fab... love the little old cottges. Gas looks expensive! What is the boot car sale mean?
Sounds like you are having a blast at your new home. Jeff has the computer up and running minus the sound, so when it works i will let u know. i have some funny stories to tell you.

Corie said...

Linda, I would love a tri-tip!!! Wish there was a way. :)

Danielle, petrol is SUPER expensive here. That's for a liter. A liter, mind you. A car boot sale is like a giant garage sale. Except everyone loads all of their goods into their cars and drive to this one place. Then they pick a spot to park, unload in front of their car and sell everything. Customers can wander up and down the aisles and look at loads and loads and LOADS of stuff all in one place. It's fab!! You would love it.