For those of you who read last week’s blog, this part 2 bit will make perfect sense, if you didn’t catch last week’s blog, ie: part 1 of the story, then please do so before reading this continuation as otherwise it won’t make much sense!
On my return to the UK, I switched my phone back on only to read a text from Gerard…. URGENT! Call me as soon as you have landed. My heart sank, my pulse raced and I thought… what now??? I called him and tried to be as sweet and friendly as possible, but it’s tricky to sound nice when speaking through gritted teeth. He explained that he had lost his USB key and could I locate it…. Where had he lost it? He didn’t know, (helpful!), but probably in, or near to Lyon airport or the airport hotel – he was too busy (and exhausted from the stress of the past 24 hours!) to locate it himself so he was delegating it to me- don’t you just love husbands!
Well, I am pleased to say I did locate it through canny detective work, (I deserve a wifely medal!) and it has been safely returned via air mail and a very efficient reception/housekeeping team at the NH Hotel in Lyon airport- many thanks for putting my faith back in customer service and for delivering efficiently on a promise to return it urgently.
So calm prevailed at home, albeit there was all sorts going on at the hotel and with the legal battle, but home was my oasis and my sanctuary to re-charge my worn out batteries and fraught nerves, (without Gerard there, (bless him!) to upset the peace and quiet for 10 days), only to have him back on Wednesday in his usual whirl of forgetfulness, quirkiness and eccentricity… even the dog sighs when he starts uplifting everything looking for what he has lost (again!). Of course no trip home would be usual without some mishap and this time it was that between leaving the airplane and getting in the car, Gerard’s watch somehow “flew off” his wrist and is now lost, but he was sure he lost it on the plane… I e mailed the airline, who responded stating they were not the point of contact (why have that e mail address on their website then?) but that they had forwarded it to the right contact… a week on and still no response and of course now there is NO likelihood of ever having the watch safely returned to Gerard… it was a present and had much sentimental value, so is irreplaceable from that point of view which is a shame….. it is also shameful that FlyBe customer services are so shoddy and impolite that they cannot even respond to an e mail regarding lost property… I’ll stop now as I feel another rant coming on regarding shockingly poor customer services!
So at present Gerard is home, albeit he is in London every other day and we are all counting the days until his next trip and the next instalment of stress and adventures he shares with us… I’m hoping he forgets something very vital again on a future trip, but next time I have to fly to somewhere further away, like Australia or New Zealand maybe, I can stay there and have a holiday! We all love him dearly but he is very tiring to live with.
Till next time
ps. It’s girl power at TerraVina from now on as we have Charlotte, Lucy, Ana and I in charge, (well I pretend to be in charge but really it’s Charlotte and her girls) with Suzi providing the backing (admin) support… I feel like I have created a girl band… move over Spice Girls, it’s the TerraVina Sisters taking over!