Wednesday, December 22, 2010

On time for Christmas?

Please excuse the random photo (entitled 'Cat with Muscat') by Son 1. Yes, the cat is sitting on the cooker. It was nice and warm on a cold evening. Yes, I wiped it with germ-killing stuff afterwards. The big question here, as in so many other homes, is all about planes and weather. My dad was due out with us this Monday, and managed the first leg of his flight (Edinburgh to London) and then got held up at Heathrow, with all BA flights to Toulouse cancelled. He made it in to London and has been staying there quite comfortably, and his genius daughter (i.e. my sister!) found him a seat on an Easyjet flight out of Gatwick tonight. So, if Gatwick is clear, and it seems good at the moment, he will be with us at around 9pm - hurray!
But where is his luggage? Well now, that's an interesting question. He's visited Marks and Spencer in London, so isn't short of clothes, but where are his Christmas presents to us? Where
are my sister's presents to us, for that matter? BA's answer to this is that they are in limbo somewhere between Heathrow and Toulouse. WHEN they arrive at Toulouse, we will be phoned... It may well be after Christmas.... Will it even be before my dad goes home?..
I will keep you updated! Have a wonderful Christmas - I think we will, because having grandpa here (with his new Father Christmas beard) is going to be far more important than having his presents.


Marigold Jam said...

Do so hope your Dad gets safely to you tonight. I had been wondering about luggage when I saw the TV news photos of all those cases and bags along with the hundreds if not thousands of people and how they would ever get sorted! I think Christmas will be a long drawn out holiday this year as many office parties etc are being postponed to the New Year apparently and I dare say the shops are hoping that people will do the shopping they haven't been able to do before Christmas after as well. We are going to try and get out with the car this afternoon - am getting cabin fever stuck in here! Have a wonderful Christmas and hopefully the luggage will get reunited with your father in due course!


Autumn Mist said...

My heart goes out to all those at airports at the moment, whether it's to go on holiday or to be home in time for Christmas. I had no idea about the luggage situation. (I also didn't know you had a cat!) Hope everything resolves itself very soon. And I'm sure you're right - your dad's presence will be so much more important than his presents! Thinking of you.

VintageVicki said...

I guess the most important thing this year is to have your Dad with you - with or without pressies. Hope his flight goes today and he's safely with you soon and BA reunite him with his luggage asap.

Have a lovely christmas together :) xxx

Sarah Jane said...

I am so pleased that it looks likely your dad will be with you soon. Having him with you will be far more important than what he might have in his suitcase. It will be very special for you all this year and no doubt a little emotional too. Enjoy your precious time together and, looking on the bright side, it seems that the Christmas season will be a little longer this year. xx

A garden just outside Venice said...

Oh no, what a nightmare for your dad! His visit is the best present, so true!
Have a very merry Christmas!

Jane and Chris said...

Having your Dad with you will be wonderful...a great Christmas gift.
Enjoy every minute!
Jane x
PS Cute cat!

Amanda said...

You so need your dad this time of year, I hope he makes it. This year the check in girl sent our case to Greece (she put someones elses label on it), we were going Turkey....It went Greece, then back to Manchester then to Turkey. We got it a day and half later. It a lot more common than you think. Take care and Merry Christmas.

Heidi said...

I'm so glad your Dad is coming I hope he gets his luggage and everything goes smooth, I can't imagine my Father flying. He is not savy in this area. Have a very Blessed Christmas all together!

Elizabethd said...

How lovely to have your dad with you. I so hope he makes it safely and you enjoy a family Christmas together.

Lorrie said...

Having your Dad with you this Christmas will indeed be wonderful. I'm glad that he'll be able to make it, with or without luggage/presents.

Merry Christmas to you, Floss!

Serenata said...

Oh I am so glad that your Dad will be arriving after all. Well done to genius sister! ;-) As you say having him with you is so much more important than all the gifts in the world, but it would be nice if they arrived before he leaves.

I hope you all have a fabulous time together and a very special Christmas.

Nina said...

Happy christmas dear Floss!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Glad your Father got there safely and hopefully the gifts will arrive soon also. I saw a story on the news this evening about how bad travel was over there now.
Hope you are enjoying your holidays.