Date – 26th Dec 2017, 1st day of my Irish Adventures.
Well the day is here, today is when I’ve got to get on a plane! It will be my 1st time flying.
Feeling quite nervous now, will there be any last minute issues I have deal with which will prevent me from going?
Woke up about 9 – 9.30, loads of things going round in my head. One being getting to the Airport.
Feeling really unsure what to do. Do we get the bus/es & hang around for hours? or get a Taxi?
I go for the “get a Taxi” option, so phoned & booked one for 3pm, I then phoned mum to tell her (Though Mum would have much preferred getting the bus option)
Found it quite hard to get out of bed, til finally I force myself to get up (at about 10.30), I still had bits & pieces to do.
– Finish packing
– Getting dressed
– Use up the bread
– Finish the washing up
– Putting the rubbish out
– Cleaning the Cooker Hob (If there was time)
Gradually I get everything done.
Mum gets to mine at about 2.15pm, I’m mostly done & ready.
Mum almost immediately fusses at me asking why my heating was still on.
I’m now all done packing, so move my bags nearer the hallway. Mum sees one of my bags and again starts fussing at me.
“You can’t take that” …. “They wont let you on the plane with that” blah blah blah.
I give in a bit & half the number of my ancestry magazines (well I guess 8 magazines was a bit much! lol). I stood my ground regard the 2 books I had (Finding Your Roots & Goon’s 7 Pillars of Wisdom)
About 5-10 minutes before the Taxi came, I re-checked everything that needed to be was turned off & unplugged, checked I had my key & phone.
Taxi comes, we get in & start leaving, then realize I didn’t have my gloves. The driver kindly pauses briefly (at top of the road) but against my gut feeling we (Mum) decide to keep going.
I feel a bit annoyed at her thinking she left my gloves behind (in one of the boxes waiting to be dismantled). After a few minutes I realized that I had left the gloves on the table in the living room (in the double checking I had my phone & House key).
Anyway, we get to the Train Station / Airport, pay the Taxi and head towards the Airport. (Is a bridge you have to cross over) Mum goes up the stairs, while I go to use the lift, but its’ out of order (agh), so have to go back & use the stairs, pausing a few times as I go up.
We’re at the Airport now, Mun goes & gets our boarding passes, then though security we go. Now to wait for boarding the plane. As we wait I read one of my magazines while mum looks round one of the Airport shops. Between going though security & boarding the plane, me & mum get a bit grumpy at each other at times.
Boarding the plane time, no going back now! (Eeeekk!) Boarding starts about half an hour before take off.
We’re now on the plane, mum was a bit ahead of me. I briefly stop & take my hearing aids out (putting them in my handbag) before the plane take off.
In our seats now & bags in the overheard locker (my magazine bag at my feet). The flight crew prep for take off & do the flight instruction process.
The Plane starts moving out the ‘Gate’. There’s maybe 3 stages to just before take off.
– Moving out the gate & going towards the runway.
– Moving a bit faster & getting nosier.
– Moving even faster & nosier.
Then “Zoom” the plane is in the air.
I start chewing my way though my mints to help stop my ears going too “funny”. I fairly quickly get used to it. I start to read one of my magazines, asking mum what time was it a few times during the flight.
The pilot & flight crew do a few announcements occasionally throughout.
I’m feeling a lot less nervous & start looking out the window a bit, it’s all kind of cool seeing the countryside & houses etc way down below.
More announcements by the pilot & flight crew
By the time I though about getting my camera out (which was in my rucksack in the overheard locker) it was a bit too late. Mum reminding me we had to stay seated. Was going to try & take a picture out the window.
As the plane starts to land, I need my mints again. Plane has now landed” Yay, back on solid ground.
We’re off the plane now & heading out to were my sister & Darren (sisters boyfriend) are waiting (my sis with the rollater she borrowed for me while I am visiting).
After a few “Hi’s” & hugs we all head to the car. Pausing briefly at a War Plaque, sis takes a photo of it for me.
At last, we arrive at the house (Sister & Darren’s place) & can just chill out.
We have a drink (Tea & Coffee), watch TV a bit. After a while I put my hearing aids back in, now that everyone is sounding less “dull & far away”.
Sis roughly shows me around, pointing things out from the window, but it’s dark & am not really taking things in. She also shows me where I’ll be sleeping while I’m there.
I notice a photo our gran used to have, of my sis sleeping on a beanbag when she was really little. Stacks of beanbags round her (the place must have been a very large shop or maybe a warehouse) …. [I might put the photo in this blog or in a separate one, not sure.]
After maybe an hour Sis prep’s & puts some rice on, then the Chill Con Carne. Food is now ready, cool am quite hungry now. Followed by Pavlova for pudding. (Pavlova made by Darren’s mum)
After dinner we all chill out in the living room. After a few hours I’m feeling really tired, I say my goodnight & head to bed.
I end up NOT quite going straight to sleep as I initially thought, am still trying to write up the days events. About an hour or 2 later mum & sis stick their heads round the door.
Mum laughs “What, you still up?
Me – “Yea, still trying write my diary I laugh back.
Another hour or so later, I stop to see the time. It’s about 2.30 in the morning! I then finally go to sleep.
That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!