Fiatful Trip

Just had a Fiatful trip. The weather was mainly beautiful and Monti 2 (our trusty Fiat Tribute camper van) did a fantastic job, clocking up many miles and four sea crossings in under three weeks. Spending time with our grandsons was a big highlight of our holiday, especially the weekend camping trip we took together in Monti 2 (sleeping space was supplemented by a tiny tent). We stayed on a campsite close to their home in Bicester (Oxfordshire) and the boys (along with Grandpa Dave) took turns to sleep in the tent. P1060826 Dot selflessly turned down that opportunity and stayed in Monti 2 both nights! We did some other things too: David went to a conference of practical theologians in Limerick (they’re the ones who discuss the doctrine of predestination as they hang out the washing); he preached at a Sunday service at our home church (Windsor Baptist) in Belfast; we talked ourselves hoarse after the service with friends and new acquaintances; we went to two birthday parties – a 50th for a friend in Belfast and Dot’s Mum’s 97th in Saintfield; Dot spent a day or two shopping for baby things with Catherine (Daughter No 2) in Bicester; we P1060892shared lots of meals with kind friends and family in Dublin, Belfast, Co Down and Bicester. It was wonderful to spend so much time with people (even our dentist!) and to catch up with old friends and ex-work colleagues.  Now we are home in Nieuw Vennep (so much unpacking and no little boys to help) and Monti 2 can have a rest until he’s called up for the next Fiatful Adventure.


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