London – day 258 (J)

I was being super organised and preparative and took the big bag with nearly everything in, down to the store locker. It was weird plonking it on top of all the boxes and then waking away from all the memories and keep sakes. 

The medical centre was its usual helpful self without the lovely Sandra. Nurse Louise has left and they didn’t want to book me in for an appointment with the male nurse. As the receptionist went off to talk to people in the back room about a solution, the other receptionist was asking if it was ‘a sensitive female issue’ and explained that this nurse wasn’t allowed to see women. Hmmm!!! Not sure when or why the rule changed, and I think given the circumstances I think I should have a wild card to see any nurse I so wish. But, shouldn’t complain and when he asked repeatedly for the name of the injection I was quite curt and eventually left them to their doodles. The next visit to the centre will no doubt have a new batch of nosey, pimply adolescents with an ego complex. 

I killed some time catching up with the charismatic Allistair, our letting agent while abroad. All is well with the flat and the accountant will get a telling off for sending me every file as ‘document1.docx’. It surely makes sense to have at least a month, year or initials on it. Too much to ask? Nevertheless, it’s nice to know the place is in safe hands and our adventure can continue. 

Lunch with Azra and Serj at Jin Go Gae was perfect. A nice mix of dishes; 2x types of beef, sticky chicken, fried omelette, 2x types of kimchi, chestnut jelly, a shredded spring onion salad and a bowl of massive lettuce leaves. With a miriade of dips and sauces. It seemed to go too quickly and they were kicking us out of the restaurant.

I spent a lazy afternoon with the kids and finishing the HD clean up. I even had a beautiful phone call from Lee which was nice as we didn’t manage to meet up on this occasion. I was blown away (again) by the exceptionally talented Narae, who, the minute she came in the door, started a rack of lamb roast dinner. All my walking around and exercising after lunch was needed as I couldn’t stop myself from eating the meal. We made Katherine jealous in Oz with our photos and when Ed went back in to work, myself and Narae plonked ourselves in front of the tv, streaming ‘Love Actually’ from my iPad. Tuesday 21st June 2016

Shepparton – day 258 (K)

Another day by myself, resulting in a video being sent to Tracey at work of me lip syncing to the song ‘Lonely’ by Akon… Skyped Jayne as I woke up – still feels weird skyping her when she is going to bed and I am just waking up. Doesn’t feel like she is on the other side of the world at all, even though I miss her like crazy! Got showered and dressed before making myself a crumpet with blueberry jam for breakfast whilst watching a segment on early morning television about professional mermaids. Maybe I should reconsider my career choice! Decided to get out of the house for a bit, so I walked the 5km into town to do some shopping. Went into the laundrette at the end of the road to make sure they have washing machines big enough to take a duvet and checked costs etc. before continuing down the road towards the town. En route, I passed the Victoria Park Lake. It a beautiful park with play areas, a skate park and an outdoor barbecue section. The leaves on the trees have turned a lovely shade of orange which reminds me of Autumn back in the UK – if only there was a hot Starbucks in my hand…Went to Kmart and got some new underwear. What people don’t tell you about travelling is that your body shape changes so much whilst you are away – none of my underwear fits properly anymore and to make matters worse, I have no idea what size I should be especially since Australia has a different bra sizing system to the UK. Must have tried on about 6 different bras to find the right style and size to fit my new shape before picking up some toiletries and began the walk back to the house. Must have had luck in my side as it began raining not long after I got in. Had some left over spaghetti bolognaise from yesterday for lunch before continuing my route planning around Australia, this time mapping out a timeline to start working out when we needed to book greyhound buses, jet star flights, rent cars etc. Tracey came home from work and we chatted for a bit about my planning, checking that it fits in with her work schedule and her dog babysitters. Managed to squeeze in an episode of ‘Modern Family’ before we headed to the Rotary club dinner meeting. A social evening meeting, it was great to meet some of the other members, who were interested in Jayne and my UNESCO hunt around the world, many of them surprised by how many sites there were in Australia and that there were 1,007 sites worldwide (and counting!). Stuffed full of lasagne, chunky chips, salad and a coconut raspberry cake for dessert, we were back at the house watching the latest episodes of ‘House Rules’ whilst finishing off the remaining Baileys… Oops! 14 days to go!

Tuesday 21st June 2016