Heathrow to Manchester to Shrigley Hall

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My Birthday!  Celebrated with a glass of wine on the plane - it will be a long birthday so will enjoy every minute!

Landed at approx. 7:00 am English time.  Man!  Is Heathrow falling apart! - no one knows where anything is - asked where to check in for domestic flight to Manchester, were told about 4 different areas - one absolutely wrong - these were by staff!!

After nearly two hours of walking through and around Heathrow, we finally got to check in - with about 10 minutes to spare!  Landed at Manchester at about 10:00 am.  We had to pick up our car here.  We waited to get our bags ... and waited ... and waited ... and you guessed it?!  Our bags were not on the plane.  Not surprising Tina.  She didn't really expect them.

We then had to fill out a missing baggage claim (with about 20 other people)!!  The desk attendant said that it frequently happened (really reassuirng to us!!)  and that they would probably (probably???!!!!) be on the next flight, which was at 4:00 pm that afternoon.  They would send them out to the hotel but it wouldn't be until 7:00 or 8:00 pm.  I had a change of clothes and toiletries but John only had his toiletries - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!!

Anyway in somewhat of a daze we proceeded to pick up the car.  Got car OK!! .. Amazing!! .. and made it out of the airport and to the hotel - Shrigley Hall.  We were booked in for dinner at 7:00 - but were not overly impressed that we didn't have some good clothes to wear.  By this time we had been in our clothes for about 36 hrs.  Still we had showers and toiletries.

We had a rest and enjoyed a very nice meal.  We decided if our bags didn't turn up we would need to do some shopping.  If they didn't arrive on the 4:00 pm flight, the next one was 6:00 and we wouldn't get them until the next day.

After dinner we returned to find our bags waiting for us!! .. YAY!! To say we were over the moon was an understatement!!

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