8 Aug 2010

SCARBOROUGH #1.

As some of you may be aware SCARBOROUGH, a seaside resort on the North Yorkshire coastline, holds fond memories for me as I visited there every year as a child plus it was one of the first places where Husband dearest and I holidayed as a couple.

Having friends now living there we have returned for a short break for the last three years - last week being our latest trip.

Everything started well, leaving the keys with a friend who was busy decorating our spare bedroom, we sat, cases all packed, train tickets remembered, waiting for our taxi. Me in a high state of nerves, Hd, as usual, trying to reassure that all would be well with Madge (my wheelchair for those of you new to Pen and Paper), that there was no chance that I'd get stuck half way up the ramp into the taxi AND even less chance that I would fall off said ramp. Some deeps breaths taken, the taxi arrived and so-far-so-good but then ........

Disaster struck - Madge lost all power. Now was the time to panic and panic I did. What to do? Luckily Madge has the option of us disabling her motor in order that, if needs be, she can be pushed as a manual chair. As I was now half way up the ramp, we decided to continue to the station and worry about things when we got there so Hd, on his knees, checked over Madge as we continued our 15 minute journey to the train station, telephoning the company who sold us Madge as we went.

What an amazing service from ALTONAIDS - "No problem. Where are you? OK, we'll send an engineer out to met you there." And true to their word, five minutes after our arrival, an engineer turned up, pressed one button (it turns out Madge has a safety feature which automatically cuts off all power if her motor capacity is compromised) and we were on our way to sunny (fingers crossed) Scarborough.

THE ROYAL HOTEL where we stay. *

Our bed - the size of a football pitch. (If you click to enlarge you can see Bear Necessity on the pillows). Never have we known a telephone right next to the toilet. What call could be so important? **

* Photograph courtesy of Scarborough Tourist Information.
** Photographs by NJ Terry.

Coming next time: A chuckle, A midsummer night's dream and a naval battle.

14 comments:

Arti said...

Wow! A 'Madgeful' start to your journey! Travelling to places we once visited as a child is like revisiting so many of those wonderful childhood memories...
I am waiting to hear all of your travel tales!

Nina said...

Sounds like you had one fantastic trip to memory lane. :P Love the pictures, how big is that bed? LOL. Looking forward to hear more from you and your adventure.

chitra said...

Nice to hear that a technician turned up to put Madge in order.
Enjoy and relax.

Mary said...

Great post (you should send a link to Altonaids!). Looking forward to the next post.

Nikki-ann said...

I hope you had a good time in Scarborough! We were there at the end of July for a day trip (we were staying in York). Unfortunately it rained, but I did enjoy the trip to the Sea Life & Marine Sanctuary while we were there(Have you been? It's worth a visit!).

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Haha! Just as you said, "never have we known a telephone right next to the toilet", I was like, "What's a telephone doing next to the toilet?!"

LoL

Good thing Madge wasn't broken!

susan s. said...

That must be a king size bed. We have one and I love it!

Kelly said...

What great service you received from Madge's makers!!

The resort and accomodations look wonderful. Was said bear an ammenity or did you bring him along yourself??

Hmmm...I'm thinking that phone might be for those rare occasions when someone falls in the bathroom and needs assistance. Surely not just for chatting!!

themethatisme said...

The bed is Emperor. We were truly lost in it.

Alexia561 said...

So glad that there was a simple solution to Madge's problem! And how impressive that the company sent an engineer right out!

Hope you and Hd have a great holiday!

Boonsong said...

Pleased that Madge is now OK.
Re the phone by the toilet - it's probably for emergencies...
Interesting post. Thanks for this.

Have a nice day, Boonsong

R. Ramesh said...

ya, 'Madgeful' start to your journey..enjoyed reading this buddy..cheers

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Lily said...

Funny thing, my granny used to have a phone in her bathroom, right next to the toilet! I always thought it was rather odd when I was a child!! She also had cards and a little tray, lol. If she were alive now, I'd surely ask what that was all about!

Glad Madge was ok and her makers were so very accommodating!!