After the highlight of Charlotte’s and Suraj’s fantastic wedding, everything else must be a bit of a DAMP SQUIB. But, we did manage to pack in a fuill days shopping in Stone Town the following day. Sue didn’t accompany Sarah, Jamie and I as she has what we think was a rather nasty mozzy bite on her ankle that got infected and refused to stop weeping with puss. Not nice to look at and a bit painful to walk on. She read her book next to the hotel pool while we spent some dollars. We got Charlotte a nice painting that she had admired when she came over for the day, and we also bought a painting from an artist in the Old Fort for ourselves. We had lunch in the Fort. That night Sue felt better and we went back into Stone Town for the evening meal at an Indian Restruant we had discovered, it was very good.
The following day we lazed around the hotel, paid the bill and said goodbye to everybody (Jo was quite upset we were leaving and did shed a tear). Check in at Zanzibar airport was horrendous, the hottest day of the year and we quequed for an hour in the sun to get our boarding cards and pay the obligatory $30 tax each. The flight left on time and was quite pleasant. We had a 6 hour wait in Nairobi and worried about what they were doing to our luggage. We played cards and the time passed fairly quickly. The Flight to Heathrow took 8 hours and we slept fitfully most of the way. We landed at 6.10am. Our luggage did NOT arrive on the carousel. However we were not alone. After checking with the authorities, more baggage appeared, but not ours. Afte 1.5 hours, three of our suitcases appeared, but not Jamie’s. Another trip to the luggage desk, informed us that we would have to fiull in a form along with half a dozen other people, so that they could find it. While I was doing this, Sue went to check the carousel for one last time, and there it magically appeared!!!!! NO COMMENT.
We had no trouble extricating the car from the carpark, or journeying back to Harborough. The house was fine and that first cup of real, proper coffee was magic. Tomorrrow, Sarah and I have to drive back to Heathrow at around 7.00am to pick up Charlotte and Suraj and take them to Gatwick so that they can fly back out to the Maldives for a 2 week honeymoon. We shall take Lucas back to Harborough with us.