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Cambridge: postponed indefinitely :-(
Over a month ago, barnacle very kindly lent us his car (hatmandu's trusty old friend Hrududu) so that we could try to drive to Cambridge to deliver a moses basket to rmc28 and to look at cargo bikes (and to say hello to all you tabs over there!).

The first attempt was stymied by, ahem, us not actually having the key for the car's petrol cap (& barnacle and the key being about 100 miles away at the time); the second attempt was called off due to predicted snow; the third was quarantined off by Img's chicken pox; and the fourth was prevented by Img's "mystery virus" (fever, non-blanching rash, trip to hospital for blood tests, kept in overnight for observation, ugh -- fortunately didn't turn out to be anything alarming). We did use the car to get to the hospital, and were very grateful to have that convenience; but on the way back it started violently overheating & pouring steam out of the bonnet and, on eventual inspection by Mr RAC, was pronounced to have blown its head gasket.

Given that our attempts to use a car at all seem to be fairly comprehensively cursed and our time will be much more limited once we both go back to work, I think we're going to abandon (or rather postpone until further notice) the attempt to come over to Cambridge in the near future; we don't really need to try out the extra bikes (in fact the nice man at the Bristol bike shop says he has another model we could try, & we can get there slightly more easily), and we're hoping to find someone else who's going from Oxford to Cambridge who could deliver the moses basket for us -- one friend says they're almost certainly going to Cambridge in the next couple of months, but if any of the rest of you could volunteer something more definite, I'd be very grateful! (rmc28, if this is all too vague & you'd rather get something definite by some other means, please let me know).

It will be a shame not to come and see you all, but hopefully we'll be able to do a general visit for fun later in the year by train (though it's still difficult to do as a day-trip, & it's hard to stay over anywhere while Img sleeps so badly...).

Separate post coming up later about the State of the Baby!

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From: rmc28 Date: March 11th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not a problem for me; if your friend doesn't come this way by mid-May, I will then be on maternity leave and in a position to come and get it myself. (And coo over your lovely daughter, oh and talk to you and Owen. Maybe.)

Or if it is just in your way, and you have an easier local alternative. I can find something else. But I'd like to come and see you at some point anyway; would rather leave exact date planning until nearer the time as I've a lot to get done in the next 9 weeks.
j4 From: j4 Date: March 14th, 2012 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! If D does manage to get to Cambridge sooner than mid-May then I'll ask him to take the moses basket over for you; if you find something easier nearer before that then don't feel you have to wait for us (we can always freecycle ours). And whatever happens with the moses basket you'd still be very welcome to come and visit us! :-)

BTW congrats on your speech at LDconf! Saw you in the paper*!

* by 'paper' I mean 'website' obv
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