“The Best laid plans of Mice and men gang aft agley", wrote Robert Burns. These words are as relevant today as when written, and were brought to my mind yesterday. I had no plans for Christmas other than stay put here in the hotel. Yesterday the boss said if I wished I could travel south and spend almost two weeks with my family. It took only five minutes for the suggestion to gel in my mind as a good idea. I looked at the calendar, worked out when coaches travel south, and return, and what days would suit. A few hours later tickets were booked and paid for. I am heading south to spend Christmas and the New Year with my family.
No doubt the coach south will be fuller than on my previous journey and I may not have two seats to spread out over, and catch a little sleep. This time I will have a longer period in which to catch up on sleep. I have hinted to eldest son that I wouldn't mind a trip to the Casino … knowing he likes an occasional visit there. Otherwise what happens, happens. As Robert Burns tells us, plans often go astray.