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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 04:32pm on 22/02/2014 under , , ,
I feel like Lucy in my icon. I am fed up with winter now, I would like spring. If we can't have spring can we at least have a week without winds gusting to 70mph - which are due tonight and tomorrow again? At the moment it is just beginning to blow a hooley again, but at least I don't have to go out any more today, so that's of the good, I guess.

Poor S2C has hurt his back. It was improving, and he'd even walked down to the shops before he went to bed for the afternoon. But he must have moved awkwardly in his sleep or something, as it is very sore again.

I know this because I heard him yelling at me from the landing. I went as soon as I heard him, only for him to berate me because he had, apparently, been calling for me to help him out of bed - but the bedroom door was shut, I had the living room door pushed to because the tumble drier is on, and I was listening to the rugby on the TV, which had a lot of crowd cheering, whilst also concentrating on what I was doing on the computer.

But, it seems, he believes firmly that I had heard him and was ignoring him... So he's crabby too.

As for what I was concentrating on on the computer...AAAARGH! D-d and I are going up to Skye in early May to meet up with [ profile] dougalsservant and another friend from my uni days. It should be straightforward to organise. After all, 1,200 years ago there was regular traffic between her island and ours. But these days it takes 2 days.

First attempt was to leave here on a Saturday morning, go to Heysham by sea, then train to Glasgow, stay overnight and get a train from Glasgow to Mallaig on Sunday morning, and a boat from Mallaig to Skye. Except that the morning train doesn't run on Sundays, and the afternoon one only gives 10 minutes to get the boat at Mallaig. If the train is late you are stuck at Mallaig overnight.

[ profile] dougalsservant came up with a fix involving hiring a car at Fort William, rather than once we got to Skye.

Then we find the train from Heysham/Lancaster to Glasgow is not running on the Saturday because of track works. There is a detour which adds 5 hours to the journey.

D-d manages to get an extra day off work, we bring everything forward by a day and it all looks smooth. The lady at the car hire place says it is fine to have the car for an extra day, so the only thing to do is change the hotel booking made for the Saturday night in Glasgow, before we found out about the train problem. Finally got this organised this afternoon. Good job I did, as it seem the hotel website had assumed that when I booked a room for the return journey, just after booking for the one on the outward journey - that it was instead of the first one, not as well as it... WTF?

However, hotel all organised now, tickets all bought for the travelling, everything is fine. Except that now they have changed our boat times between home and Heysham... The big boat is going into dock, despite it being a bank holiday weekend, and the fastcraft is doing the route instead; so we can only hope for good weather. And then D-d and I will be stuck in Lancaster, with our luggage, for about 3.5 hours because our Lancaster-> Glasgow tickets are non transferable. Don't ask about the trip home.

However - we will get there, come hell or high water! And at least I am in the house, warm and dry, and have comfort food - toast with black cherry jam. And hopefully S2C's back will be better when he wakes up. But I still feel crabby...
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posted by [identity profile] at 04:39pm on 22/02/2014
Oh, you're going on An Adventure. And if you take everything in with the wide-eyed look of a five-year-old (without the possible temper tantrum), you'll have a totally Fabulous Time! Good journey to you and D-d and I hope S2C's back feels better soon.

- Erulisse (one L)
posted by [identity profile] at 05:17pm on 22/02/2014
It will be a good trip - I've done it before but it is new for D-d. But it seems as if everything is determined not to fit nicely together! The train travel, especially the bit between Glasgow and Fort William, is a big part of the beauty of the trip - but oh how awkward it has been to organise when, at first sight, it seems very straightforward!

I can't help feeling it was probably done more quickly back in 814 than it will be in 2014.

posted by [identity profile] at 04:45pm on 22/02/2014
*pets you and crosses fingers for good weather for May bank holiday weekend.*
Yes, please, can we have spring now? At least it is noticeably lighter in the mornings. *searching hard for every small mercy*
posted by [identity profile] at 05:19pm on 22/02/2014
Nice sailing weather over the May bank holiday with be MUCH appreciated! The fastcraft is very weather sensitive.

Yes - lighter mornings, and coming home from work before it is actually dark, are improvements. Now for 24 hours without rain!
posted by [identity profile] at 04:58pm on 22/02/2014
Poor S2C - been there - it's not fun :-(

Yikes! Seriously mangled travel plans!

At least you found out in advance and hopefully won't be stuck somewhere en route. Travel in the highlands and islands is always a bit dogy on Sundays - they are still very 'traditional' when it comes to the sabbath....not that it's a bad thing to have a day of rest!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:24pm on 22/02/2014
I do sympathise - mine has done something similar a few times - old nurses almost always have bad backs. and I recognise, too, it feeling better when you go to bed, and waking unable to move.

The travel plans just got more and more confused. I've done the trip before; it all dovetailed nicely and over-nighting in Glasgow is OK, it's a nice city with nice hotels - but this time it seems as if each individual piece of the journey slips out of my hands just as I have grasped it and attached the next bit to it.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:07pm on 22/02/2014
*sends over calm weather*
posted by [identity profile] at 05:24pm on 22/02/2014
It will be much appreciated!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:20pm on 22/02/2014
You so deserve calm, blue skies, balmy breezes, and a real break from this Endless Winter.

It's fun to have a trip to look forward to! *beams*
posted by [identity profile] at 05:26pm on 22/02/2014
The most worrying thing about this winter is that we haven't actually had snow yet. And last year it hit in late March, causing s much damage to the farming community. So I won't actually believe in spring until - well, about when we go to Skye!

Which will be a lovely trip - once all the jigsaw pieces of the travel fit together properly.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:27pm on 22/02/2014
Skye is lovely but it's one heck of a trip

So hope that S2C's back improves soon.

Hang on in there! Spring is on the way!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:23pm on 22/02/2014
I've been up to visit [ profile] dougalsservant once before - but it was 8 or 9 years ago. Planning it makes me wish for a longship and thirty brawny vikings. Mind you, then I might just not bother going to Skye... :)

I do sympathise with him over his back - mine's done the same thing a few times. Mind you, if he had taken up my offer of a heat pad it might have helped!
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posted by [identity profile] at 05:38pm on 22/02/2014
It has been a long winter this time, hasn't it? I'm tentatively hopeful we won't get snow now, not "darn sarf" like what I am...
I know that "oop north" like you; the prognosis is not so straight forward.

I do have fingers crossed for all of us - and gentle hugs are sent to S2C. Hope his back is easier soon.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:26pm on 22/02/2014
We don't get snow every winter - but after last winter I am a bit wary.

I hope his back improves soon, although it would be just his luck for it to be better only just as he returns to work!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:40pm on 22/02/2014
I'm surprised you're not three steps past crabby, frankly. Travel is such a pain at times, but this seems unnecessarily extra painful. And yes, I've had quite enough of this winter. Even if it's rarely been cold, it's been horrid. (I had a proper look at the common last week, and realised just how much of it is now swamp. It smells, and it's going to take ages to drain. My spring walks do not look hopeful just now. Grrr.)
posted by [identity profile] at 06:29pm on 22/02/2014
It is just that every leg of the trip there has been a problem, or the need to change something! I'm sure D-d had less stress planning her trip around the world a few years ago.

And yuck for the state of the common, I can imagine. Stagnant water does get horribly smelly.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:44pm on 22/02/2014
"nods in sympathy"

We had very high winds for the last two days. Sending calming vibes to your weather, S2C and yourself.

posted by [identity profile] at 06:31pm on 22/02/2014
The weather is just so repetitive - wind, rain, rain, wind.

I hope both your side and ours of the Atlantic get a nice early, calm, spring.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:01pm on 22/02/2014
By the stars, what a hassle! You have my utmost sympathies, for all very solid reasons of crabbiness of yours! *hugs*
Have also a piece of spiced chocolate cake; I just put one out of the freezer a bit earlier. *hands plate*
I just read your travel tale to Siljan, and he just said drily: "Ah, well, it looks as if Around the World in Eighty Days no longer is possible nowadays". Or put differently, you should perhaps rented a small ferry and travelled by water! ;o)
I cross my fingers for the actual trip going well, and providing a great time for you both!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:47pm on 22/02/2014
Ooh - chocolate cake does make everything better. Actually I might even go and make one, now that you mention it.

I'm sure the trip D-d actually did around the world, in 2011, took less organising and changes than this one is doing!

Hopefully, now, nothing else will need changing and the actual trip will go well. My fingers will be crossed all the way there, I think.

posted by [identity profile] at 06:31pm on 22/02/2014
*hugs* I hate crabby days. I hope S2C's back improves quickly. As for the weather... ours has finally improved so maybe there's hope other areas will get better too. *crosses fingers*

The trip sounds marvelous. Once you're there all the hassles setting it all up will have been worth it.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:26pm on 22/02/2014
I hate crabby days.

I'm the same - I don't like being crabby, but the constant problems with the travel arrangements began to feel as if the world itself is picking on me!

However, it will be lovely to be there, and meet up with friends, too.
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posted by [identity profile] at 06:41pm on 22/02/2014
Oh dear - we've done the door shut calling out's funny afterwards, but not if you've hurt yourself!! Poor SC2, I hope he feels better soon.

I can't believe how difficult it is for you to travel to Skye! Good grief!

I'm hoping for Spring to finally arrive too - I'm rather dreading driving to Portsmouth if it's windy tomorrow, but it has to be done as the trains are all up the creek for Youngest Cee to get back to Uni from here in time for Monday.

On the plus side - there are crocuses coming out and my tulips are growing too :D
posted by [identity profile] at 07:34pm on 22/02/2014
Mind you, if I had heard him, and gone up to help him out of bed to go to the loo, he wouldn't have taken any advice I would have given him, anyway. I tried when he was going back - but he ignored me, because, you know, what do I know about this?

I hope you have calm driving back down to Portsmouth, I can well understand why trains to the south coast are disrupted. I suppose the good news is that he's not at Plymouth!

The trip to Skye seems to be taking more organising than D-d's trip around the world a few years ago.

I haven't seen a crocus yet - but my miniature daffs look as if they might be out by next weekend.
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posted by [personal profile] desdemonaspace at 07:07pm on 22/02/2014
I think sometimes men blame us because we're handy and it's safe to blame us, as we won't leave then or blame them. We'll be sweet to them regardless.

Poor crabby guy. Poor YOU!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:37pm on 22/02/2014
Yeah - it was all my fault of course. He can hear me snoring when he is downstairs and I have the bedroom door shut. Fine - I snore louder than he yells - not much I can do about it :P
posted by [identity profile] at 07:59pm on 22/02/2014
I wish winter was over too! It is warmer here today and not so windy, but supposed to get really cold again in a couple of days. The projections are we are not getting an early spring, but a really early summer with record high temperatures. OMG! This is too much.

I hope all the complicated travel arrangements work with the least amount of trouble possible. It gets harder and harder in my part of the world to even fly from one destination to another without making ridiculous stopovers with long delays and using huge circular roundabout routes.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:40pm on 22/02/2014
The projections are we are not getting an early spring, but a really early summer with record high temperatures.

Good grief - oh for equable weather.

As for travel - the stupid thing is that it is only about 250 miles if you go up the Irish Sea - a good crew of Vikings, especially with a south-west wind, could certainly do it faster than we are going to!!

posted by [identity profile] at 08:57pm on 22/02/2014
Oh my. What a convoluted journey from Isle to Isle.
But you'll may be an adventure but it will work out!

Poor S2C...he was surely crabby with his bad back and feeling rather unreasonable...which doesn0t make you feel any better about it.

I wish I could send you some sunshine. We have a lovely weekend now though the gloom will return by Monday and we'll have a bad two days for our little overnight getaway next week. Oh well.

Sending you virtual flowers and sun...
posted by [identity profile] at 10:17pm on 22/02/2014
Sending you virtual flowers and sun...

Which are much appreciated - thank you!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:44pm on 22/02/2014
Cranky husband = no fun for wife. Been there, done that. :)

So very , very tired of winter. We're finally gets some sunshine and warmer days, but they aren't going to last long. By mid next-week we may get more snow and temps will be diving again. This time most years I have a sunny hill in the woods covered in blooming aconites (sunny yellow twinkles? I just can't write that without rolling my eyes) and daffodils poking their heads up all over. Not a sign of either one this year. And the deer have destroyed the front yard. Everything has been eaten to the ground or heavily pruned (if it's a bush). Even things they've never touched before went on the menu in the last two weeks when we had heavy snow cover everywhere. It will be spring again one day, won't it?

Got sidetracked with the weather... I hope the trip works out for you. It sounds incredibly complicated and very dependent on each step going well....
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posted by [identity profile] at 10:25pm on 22/02/2014
You really need spring - even more than we do.

The trip is incredibly complicated to cover 250 miles as the crow flies.

Cranky husband is now up and staggering around - I rubbed diclofenac into his back for him before he got out of bed.
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 10:49pm on 22/02/2014
Travel arrangements will make a saint cranky, and those sound like particularly difficult arrangements to make!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:16pm on 22/02/2014
Honestly, I think it was easier for D-d to arrange her round the world trip than this trip, of 250 miles as the crow flies, has turned out to be.
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posted by [personal profile] kathyh at 11:03pm on 22/02/2014
I hope the Travel gods are kind to you when you actually start travelling than they have been over your preparations to travel! We've actually had two nice days in a row here in the south east. Not sure how long that situation will last though.

Crabby husbands are...crabby making, though I do sympathise about the bad back. Hope S2C's is better soon.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:19pm on 22/02/2014
Everything better had go smoothly when we actually do the trip!

I really do sympathise with him about the bad back - like most nurses my age my own is a bit fragile and this happens to me sometimes, too.
posted by (anonymous) at 03:58am on 23/02/2014
The plans of mice and men gang aft aglay, or at least I think they do. Oh, what a performance, a bit you can't get there from here!

Poor S2C, hope his back is better soon, back pain is miserable, you can't get comfortable, no matter what!

I sympathize with you and your eternal winter, are you sure you haven't been transported to the Game of Thrones universe?

Every body is allowed to be crabby at least once in a while, I get crabby, or go into cranky bitch mode if I have to work six days in a row!

Huggs and back rubs for S2C,
posted by [identity profile] at 01:28pm on 23/02/2014
a bit you can't get there from here!


We seem to be stuck in November - gales rain, but temperatures above freezing - I'm beginning to feel a bit like Mr Tumnus.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:54am on 23/02/2014
I really don't mind winter. Honestly! But I'm getting so, so, SO ready for it to be over. I feel your pain!

And Gah, that that's just ridiculously complicated trip planning. Glad to hear it worked, but crazy!
posted by [identity profile] at 03:39pm on 23/02/2014
I rather like winter, usually, too - but we seem to have got stuck in a never ending November - rain and gales all the time with temperatures never dropping down to freezing. A good hard frost or a few days of snow would be as welcome as the beginning of spring.

The trip planning is just ridiculous - every single step seems to need redoing about 3 times - all this to cover about 250 miles as the crow flies. It will be lovely when it all works, though.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:17pm on 23/02/2014
Give S2C my sympathy. My back 'went' this morning - when i was packing away the ironing board, which, for some reason seemed doubly unfair as I was doing something sensible! Do hope he feels better soon.

I have chocolate croissants!
posted by [identity profile] at 03:43pm on 23/02/2014
It is extremely painful when your back does that - I am a typical nurse of my generation so mine does it too. And doing it when you are doing something sensible, or minor like bending down to pick something up, is very annoying.

He was a little better again this morning - I hope yours settles, too. Chocolate croissants will certainly help.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:20pm on 24/02/2014
With the kind of weather you're having, it's no wonder you feel crabby, and in need of spring. You definitely do not need any more rain or howling winds. The rain, you could send a bit of it our way, and I wouldn't complain. *g*

I sorry S2C's back is giving him trouble. Sore backs are the pits. So no wonder he is crabby too. I hope his back improves soon.

Glad everything is organized for your trip. I'm sure you'll get good weather, get to Skye with no mishap, and have a blast there.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:23am on 25/02/2014
The weather seems to be stuck in November - we expect storms then.

Guess what today is like? Rain being blown by 30-35mph winds with gusts to 50... The other thing about this winter is that the wind has been steadily in the south all winter, where we usually have more from the NE than anywhere else in the winter - hence it has never really got cold.

S2C's back is improving - it hurts most when he first gets up but I rub diclofenac cream into it for hi before he tries to get up and he does moan a bit less...

By the time we go, I will feel we've really earned this trip to Skye - the amount of hassle it has been to organise it.

Oh - and if LJ is to be believed Happy Birthday! May you have rain for it.


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