Adiós part one, two, three, four, five … you get the idea. Basically, lots of parties.
It really is amazing how many wonderful people we have become acquainted with over the years and even more amazing the lengths they have gone to in order to celebrate the fact they are getting rid of us, perhaps I’m missing something..? Hmm.. anyway, whatever their motives, we have had one hell of a month with a leaving party every weekend with different groups of friends and family.
Adiós part one saw us going to Sheffield for a quiet weekend with Chris, Emma and bump. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the reason everyone was being cagey about the plans for the weekend and not really seeming fussed at all that they would be seeing me for the last time was because they were all in cahoots arranging a surprise BBQ for us and nobody wanted to give it away. The weather tried its best to spoil it, but it was nothing the chimenea couldn’t fix and we all had a fantastic, albeit slightly smoky, evening.
Adiós part two and this weekend was a visit to Manchester to say goodbye to my dad, sister Gill (and bump), brother in law Dave and my big brother Ste, amongst others. We had a lovely Thai/Chinese meal at the Buddha lounge restaurant followed by a few drinks in the local, for old times sake.
And adiós part three was the turn of Matt’s parents to host us for the weekend (lucky them!) Due to the heatwave we have been basking in for a few weeks now (anyone else feel we are going to pay for this with epic flooding in the not-too-distant future?) this weekend saw another BBQ party. No bumps this time!
Adiós part four was a meal out in Knightsbridge to say bye (again) to my brother. Relatively low-key in comparison with the previous, epically planned events.
Part five saw a large works leaving party in Clapham, with tonnes of fine Italian cuisine, plenty of Prosecco and ultimately Wandsworth McDonalds drive-thru at 3am. Always the sign of a great night.
I could potentially stretch this out to part six, seven and eight if you take into account drinks on the last day of term, a meal and a few drinks with Vicky in Balham and some sort of as yet unplanned hurrah with my brother, but I won’t. Its long and rambling enough as it is.
So I’ll leave it here by saying a huge, heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our friends and family who have wished us well on our little adventure. Hope to see you all soon.