Back in the middle of May our intrepid little Office Bear, Ted was getting ready for his vacation to the United Kingdom!!! He was helping our newest office member, Tina (Hygiene Coordinator) with her luggage on her trip home to see her new Grand-daughter Esme! This is his account of the trip.
“The first leg of the trip involved a short drive along US23 from Ypsilanti, MI to Flint. Where Dear Hubby and Miss Tina had their last breakfast together for two weeks 😦
BUT, although Miss Tina was pretty sad about leaving Dear Hubby behind, she was equally happy to be heading back home to Great Britain for the first time in three years. Especially as in the meantime her son Matthew had met a wonderful young lady, Hayley and they had just had their first child, a beautiful little girl called Esme.
So, after a lovely breakfast at Bob Evans, Miss Tina and I checked in at Flint for our 12.30 flight to Atlanta, the first leg of our long, long journey that would end up with us arriving in Fort William just after 10pm the following day.
We arrived at London Heathrow the following morning a bit blurry eyed at 7.30am with a bit of a rush on to get to the coach station for our trip by bus to Luton Airport, where would meet up with young Esme and her parents Matthew and Hayley for our weekend trip up to Fort William. During the trip we would also meet up with young Esme’s Great-Grandparents and several friends of Miss Tina’s, as she lived there for twenty years before she moved to the USA three years ago.
After a rather hectic couple of hours because our flight from Luton was delayed and there was a huge traffic accident on the M8, between Glasgow airport and the city centre we finally arrived at Queen Street station for our final (4 hour) leg of the journey to Fort William a mere 43 hours after leaving the house!!!
Fort William is home of; Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain; Ben Nevis Malt Whisky; the Jacobite Steam Train (as featured in the Harry Potter movies); the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup; it is the Outdoor Capital of the UK; Nevis Range (where the mountain biking, hiking, hill-climbing and winter-sports take place); Crannog Cruises among many others. The Fort William area also has a rich local history including the Jacobite uprising and the infamous Massacre of Glen Coe. You can look up Fort William by checking out http://www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk
All too soon though, it was time for our weekend in Fort William to come to an end and travel back down to the south of England. Where we would meet more of Miss Tina’s family and get to spend time with Young Esme and her parents.
While visiting Banbury, a market town in north Oxfordshire, we met with Miss Tina’s family for a reunion lunch and also went out with Young Esme’s Grampy for the day to Bourton-on-the-Water. A beautiful Cotswold village that is famed for it’s quaintness, it’s Model Village and Birdland among other things. You can check them all out at bourtoninfo.com and banburytown.co.uk
So…….I had a wonderful trip, touring around the United Kingdom with Miss Tina and I promise I will send regular updates of my new life over here with Young Esme.”
Ed the Ted 😉