She'd only just finished her treatments when we arrived, and was devastated that she would only get to see Peter for a couple of days before going on her week long holiday and we'd be off exploring Europe by the time she got back.
Or so she thought.
I knew we could pick up a last minute flight to Minorca, so were planning on surprising her on the beach. We were going to stay in one of the hotels rooms - nobody would have noticed an extra couple of bodies with such a large party - Lyn, Geoff, the girls and their husbands and little ones, our 13 year old niece Kirsty, and one set of in-law parents. Didn't have to bother with that though - I had no internet access in Doncaster, but Peters mum found a last minute deal - £112/A$230 for BOTH of us at the same hotel with breakfast and evening meal included for TWO weeks. Not bad, eh? As we weren't going to be sleeping on any floors and it was so cheap, we decided to take Peters mum and dad along with us to give Lyn a double surprise.
So, with hotel rooms booked, it was only up to me to book the flights when I got to Billingham after a couple of days with mum and my sister and her little ones. By the time I'd got there, Peter had already made arrangements to go to Barcelona with the boys at the weekend for the motorbike racing on a one way ticket. I organised him a direct flight from Barcelona to Minorca , a one way ticket for myself and a return for Kath and Ken. Ironically, we are flying from Doncaster, but Ken's car is playing up so we have to get the train to Doncaster and won't get to call in and see mum.
We're just waiting for the taxi to take us to the railway station now. Lyn phoned a few minutes ago screeching that Peter has just turned up. We've concocted a story that we are going to Turkey for a few weeks, and that I'm flying to Istanbul to meet Peter, but couldn't get him on a flight until the following day, so rather than hanging around Barcelona, he'd got the overnight ferry to Minorca and is going to get the overnight ferry tonight back to the mainland to pick up his flight.
I can't wait to see Lyn's face later tonight.