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Chicago 2016 – Day Seven (Poorly Wife)

Today has not been what we expected even though the weather this morning has been the best so far with warm sunshine.

We woke up to Michele feeling nauseous, hot then cold, a blocked nose and a headache 🙁

I went off to find a pharmacy, which was not too far a drive. A quick chat with the pharmacist & I was on my way back to the hotel. The first dose of tablets did no good at all as they caused Michele to be violently sick!

As there was nothing I could do Michele told me to catch up with Julie & Joe. But rather burden them with my presence I asked could I borrow their access card for the arboretum at Morton (http://www.mortonarb.org) & off i went on my own to chill.

after parking the car at the main visitor centre car park I elected to walk the perimeter trails 1, 2, 3 & 4 including the extension to ‘Big Rock’ I had a couple of hours walking on my own in perfect weather conditions. I even took a detour up to the ‘Big Rock’ which reportedly was left there by a glacier millions of years ago. The trail close to the visitor centre was busy but the further away you got the quieter it was & at some points i didn’t see anyone for 15+ minutes.

Arriving back at the visitor centre i stopped off for a loom at the displays & have a refreshing fruit yogurt. I chatted with the visitor centre staff who advised I’d walked about 5 miles. A really enjoyable time as I don’t usually get to spend so long in my own company. At one point on the walk I’m sure I heard a woodpecker in the tree canopy above me.

Arriving back at Julie & Joe’s I was told Joe had gone out to clear his head but if i wanted to join him for a pint by all means do so. So off i went to Warren’s Ale House at Weaton (http://www.warrensalehouse.com) where i found him perched at the bar. After a chat & a beer I left Joe & headed off to see how Michele was. All seemed OK, but still tucked up in bed. The only thing bothering her now was a headache.

I went back to Joe & Julie’s to meet Tom Joe’s best man who had just arrived from San Diego. Julie & the girls had been out to have their nails done but soon arrived back. Nor long after they got back & Julie  had had confirmation of the house report. There was still some work to agree on but things seem to be going in the right direction.

Just as I was about to leave Joe’s dad appeared after his drive from his home a few hours away. I said my goodbyes & went to get Michele out of bed & some food in her.

Now sat in bed writing my blog before an early night ready for tomorrow.


Sam & Matt’s Wedding

Well Friday just passed was my daughters wedding day to her best pal Matt, they were married ten years to the day since they first went out together.

Matt asked me 14 months ago could he marry my daughter Sam & I agreed on the spot with a big YES. I was asked to not say a word to Sam as Matt hadn’t even spoken to her about it. But when he did ask her there was no hesitation from her in saying Yes as well.

The pair of them then spent the following 14 months meticulously planning their wedding day and every detail great & small was looked into & agreed upon. The last couple of months though were quieter as they had already completed most of the planning earlier in the count-down.

The hen party was first with all the girls having an ‘it’s a knockout’ event before heading off into Manchester  for a couple of drinks & a meal. Then it was the turn of the stag do with a trip to Chester Races & a final flourish of food & beers in Manchester. Both events were a success & a big thank you must go out to all those that attended as well as those that planned the days for both Sam & Matt, you did them both proud.

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