Six months to go...
01.12.2011 - 17.01.2012 4 °C
In just over six months we will return to the UK following a whirlwind tour of Asia and Australia. It is all feeling slightly surreal at the moment.
We’ve had a busy few months selling the house, putting everything into storage and finishing work projects. Thanks to Miranda and Tim (and Paul the goldfish) who offered us a temporary home from home in between selling the house and leaving. Also to our parents and mums mum, who after many years of studiously trying to rid their homes of all our belongings so kindly let us dump even more back into any available nook and cranny.
It has been an emotional final few weeks visiting friends and family we won’t see for at least six months. When we return it will be fantastic to be living that little bit closer to so many of our London friends, but we are very sorry to say goodbye to all our Manchester friends.
My final Rainbows, Brownie and Guide meetings were a wonderful reminder of all the achievements for both the girls and Leaders over the last six years. It has been wonderful to watch the Guides come in as young girls and become young independent women. Thank you for all the leaving messages and presents as well as afternoon tea at Sugar Junction
After six years of working at Salford City Council it was very strange to say goodbye to both the city and my work colleagues. Thank you for the lovely leaving presents and emails. As you can see Justin had fun tucking into MY cookie and the ‘I love Salford’ t-shirt is packed and ready to go.
The annual Braid get together in Shrewsbury was wonderful, but we were still awaiting the arrival of our newest member, beautiful baby Samuel, who was born the next day.
Thanks to the Newnham ladies for a wonderful get together and my mini monopoly set…it is packed and ready to cause some arguments! It was so much fun to wander around the corridors of Newnham – so many fond memories.
Our final night in Manchester was spent partying at Agecroft Boatclub Dinner. It has been emotional…thanks for a great send off!
So we are currently packing the final few bits and pieces. There has been the ongoing discussion of what to pack / not to pack. This has mainly revolved around my ghd hair straightners, which have been in and out of my bag more times than me! I have however managed to surprise myself. My main rucksack is half empty. I seem to be taking less on this trip than I’d take on an overnight stay in the UK. I have either: a. Justin's theory...realised that I take too much on an overnight stay or b. Lynne's theory...haven’t packed enough. Surely my bag should be rammed to breaking point with bits of shoes and unnecessary cooking utensils hanging off any available strap!
Sorry for the delay in posting - major picture issues xxx