So, the ‘day before’ arrived. We had lunch with Claire and Matthew and some of their friends, then headed off to do the tasks assigned to us: Balloons ! 😊😊
We had to take the balloons, get them inflated, then drop them off at the rehearsal dinner location ! That in itself was ok, but the hotel and wedding venue were in the middle of nowhere. Or, with apologies to those that live in Fayetteville Alabama, as close to nowhere as you could probably get. It was probably some 30-40 miles each way to the place where we had to get the balloons done. Or that’s the place Claire TOLD us to go, to get us out for a while 🤔🤔🤔🤔. Anyway, all was ok after driving up, dropping them off, then driving back to get them 😂😂😂😂
Next we went to the rehearsal itself, on the grounds of Pursell Farms which all went as expected, then off to Camelot Manor, near Westover Alabama, for the rehearsal dinner. It was a nice old building. And dinner went fine – not as socially distanced as I would have wished for, but it went fine anyway, with a speech or two.
Armed with mother-of-the-bride dress, hat, shoes, handbag, rehearsal dinner dress, shoes, handbag, make-up and Betsy, we started off on the way to Alabama. First stop along the way was Gainesville where we had a coffee and chat with Claire and Matthew, before we continued our journey.
The journey took us up through south and central Georgia, crossing into Alabama near Columbus, so something of a different route for a change. We got to Pursell Farms in good time, and got a bit to eat before heading back to our room.
Next day, we took a trip up to Birmingham, going to see Betsy’s mother as well as some important sights.
We got to see Betsy’s mother through the window again, but I suppose you can only do what you can do during these times. Considering our home is 4,000 miles away, it’s something to ‘bank’ at least.
Next stop was the Cheesecake Factory, where we met Claire and her bridesmaids for dinner, which was fun (albeit slightly strange for me as the only guy there ! But I still enjoyed chatting to them all).
The month of March kicked off with us buying another car. Bit of trade in later, and off we drove…….car buying takes much longer and is much more bureaucratic in the US than you would probably hope for. It’s all to do with legal disclaimers, salesmen’s commissions etc., but finally it works which I suppose is the main thing.
A day or two later, and we were off to Captiva, the island attached to Sanibel. We had never stayed on Captiva before, so it was a nice change to go to the South Seas resort there. Weren’t thrilled with our initial room there, but after speaking to them about it, they moved us without hesitation into a great room. The resort itself isn’t cheap, but to be fair, not a lot on Sanibel and Captiva could be described as cheap I’m thinking. It’s a nice resort, but you certainly need a golf cart or your own car to cover some of the distances, as the resort covers a significant amount of the island.
We ate at some of the resort restaurants, and of course did a little light shopping whilst we were there. Weather was great, so we got a bit of beach and pool time in there which was nice. We did arrange one further purchase whilst we were there though –
We headed back to Palm Harbor to celebrate my birthday.
Claire came down to stay, and we sort of celebrated my birthday, and her forthcoming change of status from single to married ! We laid on a little celebration for her. Covid had severely curtailed ability to hold too many special events for her wedding, so we enjoyed our little mini event !