30 March 2015

Never the Twain Shall Meet.

Angelic.
The boys behaved extraordinarily well the other morning.  And that evening.  They were positively angelic.

That's both of them.  On the same day.  So, I'm wondering whether it will happen again in my lifetime, obviously.

'But what brought this on?'  I hear you ask.  Yes, I do.  I can see you're aghast, thinking 'How does she do it?'

We all know when you have two (or more) children that one will be playing up when the other isn't and they will take in turns, like they've made a secret plan to shred your nerves.  The one who listens in the morning will have done his stint and revert to ignoring you later in the day, while the sibling who refused to get dressed couldn't be sweeter within a few hours.  He'll sit saintly drawing, do as he's asked the first time you suggest something and want the light turned out after just the one book.  *Faints.*  

No. Never the twain shall meet.  Normally.  And there isn't any secret answer - only that they both wanted to watch a particular film.

But, silly me, lulled into a stupid false sense of security, I did something really rather rash and booked a trip to France.

It was supposed to be easy - nipping over from Newhaven (near us) to Dieppe -  a small port that I've already visited a couple of times, but the children have never been.  It's only tiny and it would be easy to show them around.  Simples, I thought.  A cinch.  What fun!

But it didn't work out like that.

I took the advice we'd been given at a Travel Blogging session at the Britmums Live conference, which was to decide where we want to go, then ring the right people and ask if there are any preferential press rates.  As long as we're prepared to write about our trips, which bloggers will usually do naturally and for free, it can be possible to get a discount of some kind.

They didn't have that particualr route available, but could offer me Dover to Dunkirk instead.  What the hell? I figured.  Let's go for it.   Dover's just along the coast.  Never been to either place.  What fun still!

Only now, here I am, printting off maps for places I don't know, visiting my lovely friend Tania en route, whose place we've never been to before either, booking a Hotel in Dover and another in France, both requiring more directions and maps and even driving on the right hand side of the road in one case, of course.  Not that I've ever minded driving on the other side before, but it's always been in a car designed to do that, not in my very own trusty Ford with the steering wheel in the opposite position to where it should be.

I have a feeling I'd much rather keep banging my left hand on the driver's door and just copy the person in front than be doing what we're all booked up to do. (Don't we all do that when we hire a car abroad - keep going to change gear where we're used to our gearstick being?!).

My fretting was further fed then by this pretty awesome but terrifying post by PINKODDY - where she outlines in explicit detail the documents and things we need to know to drive legally in France.  But we're now sorted, thanks to her and I realised that my winging it as a single parent just stepped up a serious notch or two.

The only things now are to get the students all stocked up with food before we go away and try not to panic about whether the boys will behave!

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Anya XX

28 comments:

  1. Good luck, I'm sure you'll have a great trip. I've never driven abroad either, but I'm usually the directions person so the OH would usually drive. Train up one of the boys to do the map reading for you! That's what I used to do for my mum.

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    1. Thank you- I hope my nerves will settle down once we're there. I honestly don't know what I was thinking! Yes, my eldest will have to navigate :)

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  2. Gosh I don't have most of those things in my car. The high viz jacket is obligatory along with the triangle, but I just have one. I think I have bulbs, but I'm not sure... I wouldn't worry about breathalysers.

    Anyway you probably won't be stopped so don't panic. Enjoy your trip and I'm sure the boys will be so delighted to be doing something different they'll be fine. :)

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    1. I managed to buy a complete kit in one go so was mightily relieved! Wasn't stopped though thank Heavens. Went the wrong way round a roundabout once but was otherwise ok and the kids were great tbh X

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  3. Have a wonderful trip with the boys. You'll have loads of fun, and it'll be a really interesting trip too if you are going to Dunkirk. You'll do brilliantly - don't worry about a thing. You are so much braver than I! and ps... sometimes I think Little A acts up for two children even though it's just her LOL. X

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    1. Thank you. We are home. Survived but had to be brave ;) XX

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  4. Handsome boys. :)
    Breathe, everything will be fine and discovering new places will be fun.
    Have a wonderful Easter break. xx

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    1. Thank you. 'Breathe' and 'Keep right' were my mantras ;) X

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  5. I'm sure the boys will continue to be angelic during your holiday... they both look as though butter wouldn't melt! Keep reminding yourself to breathe, relax and enjoy yourself throughout and here's hoping you're going to feel 100% better by the time you come home again. Happy travels Anya x

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    1. I couldn't have asked more of them in the end Izzie - thank you. Tried to relax but not very good at it! xx

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  6. I am sure your boys will charm everyone you meet! We love them!

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  7. Good luck, I'm sure your trip will be fine and you'll be wondering why you made a fuss before you left - Have fun!

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  8. Oh I hope you having a blast on your jollies, and the boys meeting like all Twains should ;)
    (The Ana Mum Diary)

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    1. We did have a great time, thanks Amanda and the boys were fab will all my panicking!

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  9. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail my old dad used to say. So with all your planning it sounds like you are going to have a blast. I can't wait to hear more!

    And having just driven through France I am now panicing about all the things we didn't have!

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    1. He was a wise man. Can't believe how naive I was about it all. They sell anything you might be missing on the ferry, thankfully :) Hope you have a great time too!

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  10. Ahh it sounds like a great adventure! I'm sure you'll be grand, you'll soon get used to the driving (says she, who doesn't drive!) Have fun. x

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  11. Have a great trip, I love France. Exploring new areas can be stressful, but I hope it is worth it!

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  12. Followed your fantastic journey on FB. There will be no stopping you now! :D Emma (bavariansojourn) xx

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  13. Have a wonderful trip Anya, you are amazing!!!!

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  14. i know that you are safe and that you rocked it! well done lady!

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  15. Well done Anya, I think you did a great job getting all sorted for this break away and yay to the boys being content and well behaved. Mich x

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  16. Hope you've had an amazing time

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  17. Good luck on your trip, so brave, the most I have managed to brave are all inclusive package holidays so I have great admiration for you, if nothing else it will be an adventure!

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