Monday morning and we have packed our suitcases for the cruise beginning in two days time. In reality we have packed away enough clothes to keep a small village warm for a day, but our belief is, that if you have a wardrobe full of clothes that are regularly worn, they might as well come with us.
Anyway, three of the suitcases are zipped up and ready for a zip ties while the final one will be left unsealed with bits we might need overnight tomorrow, and whatever gets remembered at the last minute.
Deb and I are also planning to go to Matalan in Southampton on Wednesday as I still need a new pair of tidy blue trousers, and Deb continues to struggle to find a summer jacket.
We are lucky that our cruise begins and ends in Southampton so the only limiting factor for what we take with us, is the space in the car to carry it.
There is a milestone for my knee tomorrow. I will be wearing the protective surgical stockings for the final time on the drive down to Southampton. I don’t think I will be sitting around too much during our holiday, and I most definitely don’t want to be seen walking around in my shorts in public with the delightful fashion statement of white knee length stockings.
I have finished everything I planned for the garden. The potatoes are poking their noses through the soil, the little broad bean plants grown from seed, have been given their final places in the vegetable plot, and I have also sown several rows of root vegetables in my newly constructed raised bed. Meanwhile Deb has a number of pots of bedding plants now allowed the fresh air of the cold frame and various other flowers plants are growing on racks outside of the greenhouse. Our warming greenhouse still has a few little seedlings of flowers and vegetables along with tomato plants that are in the inside patch of soil, alongside the onions that have been in there since last autumn.
I have loaded my iPod with a selection of music to keep me happy over the fortnight in the Mediterranean, and there are just a couple of electronic gadgets left to charge up.
Virtually just about ready for the journey tomorrow, I foresee a quiet afternoon with a chance to catch up on some of the recorded TV programmes that are waiting to be watched.
While we are away the pair of us intend to be writing reports of life on the ship, and reviews of the ports we will be visiting. As the plan is to have the on-board Wi-Fi package, we hope to be posting on a regular basis…..but it is our holiday, and our enjoyment will be the most important thing on our minds.
Oh, and it looks like warmer weather is on the cards for Britain while we are away, so hopefully those of you who have suffered a cold and damp Spring in Britain will be able to enjoy a bit of warmth as well.
Speak to you again soon.