For Christmas I bought hubby a 2 day painting class with Charlie Evans and this weekend was finally time to drive all the way from Bristol to Morpeth (about 30 mins up past Newcastle Tracy). I'll admit if I'd known Charlies studio was well over a 5hr drive away, Or, that I'd have to drive I think I'd have bought Ade something else and bought him a class when Charlie comes south to Cheddar.
Ah well, not to worry I had to drive it... bother, damnation and lots of rude words we had the journey from HELL! Britain was under countless severe weather warning with risks of flooding in numerous places yesterday. We set off at 11am and although it was raining it wasnt too bad until we got to Gloucester then the heavens opened and the water was just running over the road. Traffic was horrendous and the speed had to drop :o( In many places I was lucky to see more than a few yards in front the car and had no hope of sitting in the outside lane driving at the speedlimit. At times I was lucky to get up to 40mph. Birmingham was worse than hell and I've lost count of how long we were stop start bumper to bumper never getting out of 1st gear. We even had to pull in to a service station the other side as the engine was starting to overheat. The weather didnt dry up until we were pretty much on the A1M and at the top end of Yorkshire. Even then the mist and fog was horrible and we saw nothing of the scenery, I did get a quick peep at the Angel of the North tho :o)
Got up to Acklington, first Inn was fully booked (had had a disagreement with Ade on the way up as I wanted to book a premier inn... beds are comfy and they've generally got a decent wifi lol), decided to go with a nice looking hotel but the rooms were pretty pokey and the wifi didnt work! OMG I was literally on the point of tears, by now it's 9.30/10pm, we're in the middle of nowhere (I'm a townie) no way on this earth can I go 48 hours with out internet access. Ok, it's mainly facebook games but I did need to check in with a few friends at Docrafts and get an address for a craft shop I only know is "about 40 mins from Newcastle and worth visiting" I didnt even know it's name. Major hissy fit, and we left the hotel and ended up at a much nicer one, Warkworth House Hotel. I felt like I could have done with a step to get in the bed, and best of all I have wifi :o)
This morning I dropped Ade off at Charlies and plumbed in the postcode, eek, another 90 min or so journey. So not what I needed after yesterdays nearly 10 hours at the wheel and all the time I'm thinking about my 3 selfish mates who were on their way to a class with Barbara Grey at Newbury (I could have been with them if it werent for this stupid painting class!!) Off I toddled to the craft shop I'd been told was good and just by coincidence is the home of a new craft gizmo that needs some testing...
Going to paste from my post on the docrafts forum, so apologies if you''ve already read it there.