Reunited with Jezza
01.03.2016 - 02.03.2016
Our final morning in Manchester dampened our spirits – quite literally. The rain was lovely to watch falling on the church windows but less lovely to walk in, so we caught a taxi to the station. En route to Leeds we met a woman who apologised for ‘faffing about’ and who carried a bottle of prosecco with her at all times, and a woman who was travelling with a suitcase full of grog to her son’s 21st. And even better, we met Team Lancashire at the station! While Annie was interviewed that afternoon, the rest of us checked out the Royal Armoury briefly (just long enough to decide that we wouldn’t have wanted to have been musketeers during the English Civil War). After dinner with Team Thornton and Team Lancashire we headed out for pre-Rudimental drinks with Ian. Despite some criticism regarding jumpers, Andy and Ian went off to the gig and seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly, while Simon, Annie and I had a very civilised time at the Victoria Hotel.
The next day was amazing on so many levels. For a start, there was snow. Actually falling from the sky! Simon and I were excited to see real snow for the first time ever, and Annie and Andy were excited to see people getting excited about snow for the first time ever. Secondly, there was Jeremy Kyle. No DNA tests on this episode, but plenty of shouting/tearful hugging/random people with no connection to anyone else on the show. Thirdly – Annie got a job offer! And all of this happened before 10am – what an epic start to the day!
We decided to capitalise on the snow situation and visit Kirkstall Abbey, because nothing enhances a 13th century monastery quite like a bit of snow. The next destination was Harrogate (pronounced ‘Harrowgate’ or ‘Harrahget’ depending on your level of poshness). We saw plenty of posh buses (leather seats, lots of room upstairs, and commentary from a newsreader) and even a few posh people. The smell of sulphur decreased the poshiness somewhat and we discussed the pros and cons of drinking water containing lead, potassium chloride and other assorted minerals. Harrogate had sufficient snow remaining for snow-based shenanigans, and Rosie even had a Baby Sensory Experience with snow which I’m sure has enhanced her overall development significantly.
Andy took us the very sneaky and very traffic avoidy way home for dinner, and after a spot of television-troubleshooting-and-cat-allergising with a neighbour we played a round of Upsies Downsies. Aided by flavoured Polish vodka, Andy was the convincing winner but Annie earned herself one moral point and Simon was awarded one Babybel point. Na zdrowie to you all!