Returning to Portugal

Finally we have returned from our “short” trip to the UK. Two and a half weeks became six weeks and then four and a half months later, we were on our way back to Portugal.  It was a surreal experience travelling back, very few people are travelling and Stansted airport only had 7 passenger flights leaving that day. As you might expect the airport was very quiet so no queues.  The catering and shops were all closed with the exception of Boots where you could buy a sandwich, you had to queue to get into the shop. As you looked around the airport aircraft were parked but nothing was moving. … Read More

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Still in England

What a strange month this has been, our two and a half week trip to the UK has become two and a half month trip. When we left Portugal coronavirus was predominately still a Chinese problem and we did not imagine how both family events and world events would develop over such a short time scale. We told this story in our last blog post. The joy of the arrival of a granddaughter, the sadness of losing a Mother and getting stuck when flights back got cancelled. Looking back at the last blog the prospect of a lockdown must have seemed distant as Graham talked about exploring Southend and taking… Read More

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The best laid plans!

The last few weeks have been weeks of frustrated plans and learning to adapt to the changing circumstances and unexpected stuff life throws up. We flew back to the UK mid February. As you may recall from our last post we welcomed our grand daughter in to the world on the 20th February. We planned to stay until the 4th March but sadly Graham’s Mother passed away on the 3rd March so we delayed our return. We are grateful that we were in England at the time and were able to see her during her last few days.  Once arrangements had been made for her funeral and thanksgiving we rescheduled … Read More

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