The Holiday – Part 6

Proceeding on the basis that it is always best to surprise your opponent, I smiled and said fun, isn’t it…



I detected the faintest trace of frost melting.


Well, it could be worse, I hazarded, at least its not the Dales at the height of foot and mouth…those sheep could be dead and we could have crossed through 3 army checkpoints and a ton of disinfectant by now…


They started to laugh.


Ah…such is the joy of our family holiday back catalogue… each year a rich seam to be mined for such unique little gems as the one where the toy train nearly killed Louis but he was saved by his Doodles shoe OR the one where Robert opened the caravan toilet door and saw Mum wiping her bum (and he said he had seen the future – and it was not good) OR the one where we ended up in the middle of the Belfast Orange Walk and someone from the marching bands shouted “Hoi, that you Big Stu!”…


For the record that last was so very not meant to happen – and certainly not to happen to my vehemently anti-sectarian husband – a man who (known in his youth as Big Stu) had objected all the way from Strabane to Belfast but had given in to my pleading that my relatives (wonderful educated Belfast folk) would be offended if we didn’t attend that day for dinner and that anyway, no one who knew him would see him there...






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4 thoughts on “The Holiday – Part 6

  1. This is like my childhood days of The Eagle when I eagerly awaited the next installment. Each one, even at nearly 1am, provides me with a much appreciated laugh.

  2. Great energy and love this:
    “Well, it could be worse, I hazarded, at least its not the Dales at the height of foot and mouth…those sheep could be dead and we could have crossed through 3 army checkpoints and a ton of disinfectant by now…”

  3. The irony of that whole statement is, Chloe, that we had actually – in 2001 – holidayed in the Dales at the height of foot and mouth and had to cross through 3 army checkpoints and pass a ton of burning dead sheep to get to the holiday home!! The other incidents happened on a) cheapo holiday to Cyprus (1995) b) caravan in Wales (2002) and c) a month long trip to Ireland (2007). We like a good disaster or ten when on hoiday…

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