A (Mostly) Relaxing trip

I’m getting too old for sitting in a car for hours. It’s not as if it’s even  long journey but by the time we got home on Sunday night I felt like my back had changed shape permanently. It still does. I’m going to have to start doing some stretching exercises.

Apart from that, I didn’t do much. I was just there to drive Julia who was intent on doing family stuff like visiting and being pleasant. I quite like my family (I’m not a monster, after all) but I don’t require them to be in touching distance.

If you ever find yourself in Norwich on a Sunday morning I can recommend the Rushcutter’s Arms. The portions aren’t huge and their “sourdough” toast is disappointing for a number of reasons (mainly lack of size and lack of actual sourdough), but it’s good food, served professionally and the portion sizes are probably OK for most people.

Apart from that, not much happened. We had tea and sandwiches at Waitrose in Swaffham. They cost slightly less than an arm and a leg (but not much) watched rugby on Saturday, ate Number One Sons Jambalaya, watched “Military Wives” on TV in the hotel (script could have been better and Kristin Scott Thomas had to do much of the heavy lifting for the rest of the cast) and spent a night on a hard bed. I like my own familiar bed. On Sunday we had porridge made in pots we had bought from the supermarket, loafed around for a couple of hours, had brunch (as mentioned), went to a crowded Country Park (everyone wanted to get outside for the first nice day of spring) and pottered home.

Not bad, apart from my back, and a useful reminder about doing more exercise.

14 thoughts on “A (Mostly) Relaxing trip

  1. Laurie Graves

    I, too, prefer sleeping in my own bed, and I’m willing to drive quite a distance to be home at night. Still, sometimes the distance is such that overnight stay is necessary. Worth it to see loved ones, though.

  2. paolsoren

    When I was there in 2020 Andrew Petcher took me to Donington to see Matthew Flinders and to Crowland Abbey. We didn’t go to Swaffham but I really liked to wide open spaces.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Me too, Number One Son, however, has just moved to Norwich and doesn’t like the big skies – he is a child of grimy cities. Crowland is a fantastic place. Did you see the Trinity Bridge?

  3. Lavinia Ross

    I agree with Tootlepedal. Exercise is always a good idea, especially if you have a bad back. I would think that staying upright and functioning under your power (and writing poetry) until it is time to slip the surly bonds of Earth would be a desirable goal. You still have a book to write.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        I have dearly loved that poem and all its imagery. Yes, you should go and take a photo, and think about writing that book, too, or at least leave as much poetry here on Earth as you can. Don’t forget the exercises.

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