Family Kiwidutch have arrived in Ely in England for a family wedding. Himself’s cousin has arranged a booking in a Travelodge close by so that three families coming from the Netherlands could all stay in the one hotel.
The hotel was undergoing extensive renovations during our stay so all of the hallways were covered with plastic sheeting and there were scaffolds in various places because they were busy painting the ceilings.
“Reception” was in a portacabin in the parking area out the front of the hotel but at least all of the staff were very friendly and most apologetic for the inconvenience of the renovations.
Luckily Mark’s cousin, knowing about my asthma problem had pointed out that fresh paint would be a problem, so they arranged that our room would be right at the end of one of the wings as that section had been painted first, in the previous week and they also aired the room as much as possible before we arrived.
It meant a long walk to our room and a very long walk to the other family members who’s rooms were at the extreme end of the opposite wing, so knowing I would see plenty of them at the wedding, I opted to stay and rest in our room and let Himself and the kids go backwards and forwards to see rest of the family in their rooms.
Right next door to the hotel were several fast food restaurants and we all arranged to meet for breakfast the next day at the “Little Chef” next door. Little Mr was delighted with the single portion servings of cereal, Kiwi Daughter adores maple syrup so pounced on the pancakes and Himself and I went for a cooked breakfast.
Afterwards my sister in law , cousins and families visited our room before we all departed for the wedding, ladies sharing make-up tips and making sure that husbands and children were suitably presentable.
The weather as we got ready that morning was wonderful, bright blue and not a cloud in the sky. Himself and I even wrote in the wedding card, mentioning that they had fabulous weather for their wedding… but an hour and a half later as we left the hotel we all got a surprise as we stepped outside, the skies were suddenly grey and ominously dark, and everyone had been so absorbed in conversation that no one had even noticed the change…