It’s 4 AM Sunday morning and we are finally sitting in the Perth airport departure lounge enjoying a Crown lager!! (A long held pre-trip family tradition)🍻😋 This week the realisation that we are homeless, jobless and car-less has really hit home! The past week has been more harrowing than we had hoped, saying our farewells to our dear friends and family.
Since our last post we have had some truly great luck – the house was let and we sold both cars within a few days and my redundancy from work came through just in time. Linda finished work last Thursday and although she loved her work with Bankwest was finally glad to leave after 20 years of service. I know she plans to keep in touch with many of her work friends on Facebook.
Over the past month we have been very busy packing up all our worldly goods – which amazingly fitted in a small study room in the front of the house (not a lot to show really?) A self storage unit was going to cost about $200 per week so using our study was a much better option and didn’t seem to affect our rent return.👍
As mentioned previously we will stay on a working farm for three nights when we get to Banbury to give us time to setup the van. The couple who own the farm have very kindly allowed us to have some purchases sent to their address prior to our arrival. Consequently, the credit card has taken a real hit on Amazon and EBay. We have purchased a couple of bikes, helmets and covers, bedding, some kitchenware and an iBoost Wifi booster so we can pick up free internet signals. We also purchased a number of camping location books for the UK and Europe to supplement the camping location apps we have already loaded on the iPad.
For now we have a 19 hour flight with Emirates in front of us and get into London at about 6pm today! We have three nights in London staying in Paddington and need to be up by 6:30 tomorrow to catch the train to the Warner Bros. studio at Watford Junction. (hopefully not too jet lagged?)
We pick up the motorhome from Elite in Banbury (who have provided really excellent service) this coming Thursday. Although we have no reason to doubt that the vehicle will be all we had hoped for we are still a little nervous. Hopefully we will have good news to report in our next post?
The photo’s below are from last Friday night when we had a final meal with the kids at ‘Sebastians’ one of our favourite local Italian restaurants.