My folks come over to the UK from Hong Kong every other year on holiday, so for much of July and August, I’ve had them staying with me. For a couple of weeks, I also had two sisters and their kids (3) stopping by too, so yes, it was a very full and noisy house, but it was great to spend quality time with them all.
I took some time off work and we went on a few day trips, one of them being to Wales. We visited Caernarfon Castle
, which was most impressive and in beautiful condition.
We climbed to the top of the tower on the right – lots of steps!
Other days were spent enjoying the rare Manchester sunshine, barbecues, football kick-abouts and water-gun fights in the garden with the kids!
Happy In Retirement
My folks are happily retired and are financially secure. Both retired early, particularly my Mum – I’ll do a post about that at some point.
I did notice this time round that they weren’t particularly frugal, eg I was forever switching off lights, unplugging devices, turning off the TV, turning off running taps. Perhaps they’ve always been like this and I just didn’t notice before.
Also, they loved to go food shopping, but things didn’t always get eaten on time (or it was something new that they didn’t like) so ended up being thrown away, including to my horror, a piece of sirloin steak, hidden in the fridge under a load of other food so it went out of date!
And no, I never said a thing to them (ok, so I had a little moan about the steak!) as they were here on their holiday.
Plus, I’ve been coming home from work to my Mum’s yummy home cooking – it’s been great, aside from my expanding waistline! I’ve definitely put on a few pounds since they’ve been here!
My folks flew home today, which is just as well, as the weather has turned a little too chilly for their liking and they were worried that the volcano in Iceland
could blow, which could cause flight disruption. I’ve been left with a big pile of laundry to sort out but also, a fridge and freezer full of food, so all I need to buy this weekend from the supermarket is beer!
Anyway, to readers in the UK, hope you have a nice bank holiday weekend!
Me, I’m preparing for a wet time at Leeds Festival!