Jonathan: I’m sitting here in the motorhome, it stripped of everything personal except two piles of carefully organised items, one for each bicycle pannier. Three more big parcels of goods and chattels were sent off at the post office this morning – that’s seven in all now at a total cost of about £107. All that’s left to take with me are a few clothes and toiletries, plus oddments I couldn’t send by post, including two small saucepans and a 5 litre bottle of bicycle chain cleaning fluid!!! I’ve cleaned the motorhome out thoroughly, emptying and disinfecting the loo, santitised the plumbing, refilled the water tanks, polished every surface until it gleams, and got the paperwork ready. Just one thing left to do: sleep my last night in this dear old motorhome, and then drive in the morning take it round to its new owners. It makes me very sad: this motorhome has played such a crucial role in my life over the past 9 years. All the time I’ve spent in it, I’ve probably lived in it for more than two years, all told. I shall be glad to not have the necessity to have to live in it away from home, but for all that I shall miss it very much.
Denise: Today, the postie came with bags of Jonathan’s bits!! Three big bags (feed bags I posted to him last week) that he posted on Saturday afternoon (how’s that for service!) with everything from a feather pillow to a carving knife, bicycle spares to a Mary Webb novel, and kitchen paper towels to tinned mackerel! There’s another bag somewhere on route, and he now tells me there’ll be another three or four sent later this week. And then am bodach himself on Sunday.
One more week to go of work -well, the charade that currently goes under the name of ‘work’.
I’ve now got a train ticket for next Saturday, Welwyn Garden City to Oban (changing at Stevenage, Edinburgh and Glasgow) for £52 (including card fee and insurance!). My bike has got tickets too – at least for Stevenage to Edinburgh and Glasgow to Oban: for the two shorter legs there’s no reservations you just have to take pot luck! I shall stay overnight at the Oban Backpacker’s hostel, then on the afternoon ferry to Barra and South Uist. I’m really so excited about it, it’s hard to believe that I’m simply going home. It really does feel like an adventure – setting out into a new life. Which I suppose I am, because I – Denise and I – will no longer be dependent on civil engineering for our living.
During the week, Denise posted some poultry feed bags to me. I’ve now packed up four feedbags of all sorts – clothes, toiletries, kitchenware, books, food, bedding -varying between 10kg and 16kg and costing a total of £53. There’s probably two or maybe three more to send yet during the week. In the opposite direction I’ve got to send to Donna and Paul the bed cushions for the luton: that’s going to cost almost £100 because of the length.
Beautiful day today – very sunny but also very cold. I had intended to make a second trip to St Alban’s, but as you can see I’m doing this instead, and to be honest I really don’t want to risk it being a disappointment compared to that lovely day I spent there back in September.
I just now need to fix up my campsite for the last few days here, as it’s half term and they were fully booked: I’m hoping for a cancellation, most likely if the weather is bad. So I’m hoping most for bad weather!