Saturday, 27 December 2014

Essex Girl, Essex Bound

In about an hour and a half Lou and I will head off on that unpredictable journey east to my childhood hometown of Southend-on-Sea  to visit Mama and Papa Lovelygrey catch up with the rest of the peeps. Oh, and at some stage there will be the obligatory walk down the longest pleasure pier in the world. On a good day it takes under well under five hours to get 'home' but on a bad day. we sit tight and improvise an in-car concert or two.  My usual route is the A303 but, on the advice of Google Maps, I may well experiment with the longer M5/M4 route today that thankfully means avoids the stop at the McDonalds just past Yeovil.  For Louis' sake that has become rather an unpleasant tradition.  It might also avoid the bottleneck caused by sale shoppers at Bluewater and Lakeside near the Dartford River Crossing. We'll see. Even my usual Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm optimism isn't going to guarantee that the journey around the M25 is  troublefree.

According to Wikipedia, as an Essex girl, I am overly promicuous and unintelligent with a penchant for white stilettos and fake tan.  Nothing like bucking those stereotypes is there?

8 comments:

  1. Have a great time with your family. I hope your journey is uneventful…..ie no snow! We left Leicestershire last night in a snow storm, but by the time we got to the motorway (M1 going South) it had changed to sleety rain, but we instantly hit a hold up…..rest of journey OK though.

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  2. No snow here either (Worcestershire). On the radio they said 'East of the Pennines' so you will probably be fine. Wouldn't bet that you won't pass another Macdonald's (or two) on the journey, so keep your eyes peeled and diversion tactics ready!

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  3. Wishing you a safe and uneventful journey.
    No snow in this part of Lancashire, despite it snowing in surrounding areas; it's often the way and we manage to avoid it.

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  4. Knowing nothing of your drive, I'll keep good thoughts for your travel. Hopefully your little man is a car crooner like you and you can pass the time belting out your favorites.

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  5. Hope the journey wasn't too long for you. I love walking along Southend pier,,,, does the train still run along it? I usrd to walk out and train back! Enjoy the time with your family.

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  6. Well as a fellow Essex girl it looks like we're both bucking the trend then....I'm not planning on having the TOWIE veneers that you can see from Mars done anytime soon eitherxx

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  7. Thanks for all your kind words. The journey was safe and done in a spectacular four and a half hours with no speeding involved to achieve that! No snow anywhere but there's a heavy frost on the car this morning.

    The train still runs on the pier. We go to the end on it, visit the cafe and then walk back.

    Never seen so many tanning salons in my life! xxx

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  8. There was a tanning salon opened here ( in Harpenden…supposed to be " posh") and it went bust after a few months! Enjoy the sea, I hardly ever get to see it.

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