However much we have enjoyed one of our jaunts away, we always feel a sense of relief to arrive back home to the calm and serenity of our little corner of this world.
More so when the return journey has been longer than we would wish.
We arrived at Gatwick late on Thursday night after our delayed flight from Gibraltar and had a good night's rest at the airport hotel. Our onward flight home was unfortunately not scheduled until 7 PM on Friday so we had a whole day to kill.
As we travel light with no luggage to check in we made the mistake of going through security early to spend the time in the departures area. We soon realised the error of our decision when we saw the overcrowded, noisy lounge area, still undergoing reconstruction and building works. Seating was at a premium and many people were sitting on the floor. Not a good way to spend our 6 hours.
All the restaurants were full and when we finally got a seat we ended up paying £50 for two bowls of lasagne and two glasses of wine! With hindsight we should have bought a sandwich from Boots and sat on the floor to eat it 🙄
We were relieved when we were called for boarding on time and squeezed onto the very full flight, only to be advised by the pilot that our takeoff slot had been put back one hour so we had to sit on the tarmac until 8pm before we could leave.
So glad to be home now, with two loads of washing done and some supplies hastily procured from the local supermarket.
It is the island's Parish Walk event here today so if the weather is kind we shall sit outside with our wine this evening and watch the surviving intrepid participants passing by along the coast road just across the field.