We went to visit friends in the Northeast at the weekend.
We have been for a sleepover a couple of times before. As it is so far from home Milly had wanted me to be close. Liz very kindly offered her playroom for me to stay in but I thought a B&B would be the best bet so I could rest ( I have Chronic fatigue for anyone who doesn't know ) and I also knew Milly wanted it feel like it was a real sleepover - without me there .
Liz's Mum is in sheltered housing and they have a flat for relatives to stay in and I have been lucky enough to stay there :-)
The first time we went on the train. The second time - for a two night sleepover. After discussion with Milly - who wasn't too keen on long distance car journeys at that time - we decided it would be more convenient for us to drive and it would also be easier for Liz - who had very kindly met us off the train and drove us the half hour to theirs .
It was twice the distance I had ever driven but I thought it was time I challenged myself. We met up at Walby - which is the halfway point for us - and after a good play we followed Liz to hers :-) This time I decided to make the challenge a little harder and do the whole journey without being able to follow Liz.
Milly was a great co pilot and navigated well :-)
It has worked well each time. I get to spend some time with Liz and Gary and also get to cuddle Charlie the dog ;-) then head I off to the flat and Milly knows I am close by.
I spend the day after the journey in the flat - not because I wouldn't be welcome to join in with whatever Liz the kids were doing but - knowing I have to drive home - I need to recoup. On both occasions I have needed to spend a good part of the day in bed. This time I spent the morning in bed. I meditated, read and ate breakfast, then had a bath. More reading and then some lunch before Liz's Mum came to take me out for a couple of hours. An enjoyable trip to Otterburn and then back to bed! I rested the whole afternoon and got up about 7.30 for some food. The gang dropped in for a visit about 9.30 :-) They had been to Wet and Wild in Newcastle and had had a ball - lots of fun!
They headed home and back to bed to read for me - to end a very hectic day ;-))
I woke the next morning feeling well rested and ready for the journey home. I had a leisurely morning and packed up before going to chat with Liz's Mum to say goodbye. Then it was off to Liz's for brunch. Lots of chat and eventually we set off around 3.30. A good journey back with a break at my Mum's for a breather and a cuppa.
One day Milly won't *need* me to be nearby and I won't have to do the journey - we could just meet halfway and do a handover:-)
I would really like to keep going though. I have enjoyed stretching myself to do the journey. I may not enjoy the after effects of driving that distance but I love spending time in the car with Milly - she is such good company and we have a laugh. As I get back to better health I will be able to do the journey and also be involved in any activities - if they'll have me of course:-))