Monthly Archives: July 2014

Finding Our Way

Only 22 days before we leave, so the weekly countdown is becoming irrelevant.  A friend has lent us a large soft-cover atlas of the UK and Ireland.  I have decided to scan the maps that we are likely to use and sort them into a folder.  I will keep 2 copies – one on the netbook that we are taking as well as one on the USB drive.


I have scanned about 10 pages so far and tested out my plan and it appears to work well.  You can zoom in for minute details as well as looking at the broader picture.  We will have access to Google Maps via our smartphone, however, I think it makes sense to have an option which is not dependent  on an internet connection.

The Duke has organised foreign currency – some cash and some on a card.  We calculated our requirements and are confident that we have everything sorted in that respect.

There are still a few relatively minor things on the ‘To Do’ list.

Buy noise-cancelling headphones
Send copies of itinerary to family
Print 2-for-1 vouchers

I am sure there are others and I will add as I think of them but it is mostly about going to work and keeping the day-to-day routine going here at home until it is time to leave.

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Weekly Countdown – 5 Weeks

Oops!  I must have missed a week.  The time is racing by and it is now just under 5 weeks until we leave.  The excitement is building now.

In the past fortnight I have bought an iPhone and a new camera so I am busily trying to learn how to use the features I will need.

All of our planning seems to have come together and I feel as though we could leave tomorrow if the need arose.

Housesitters organised and house manual written

Flights, trains and ferry trips booked

Car hire booked

Itinerary finalised apart from the last 8 days

Travel guides downloaded to my Kindle

Suitcases bought

Packing lists done

Passports renewed

We still have yet to buy currency to take both as cash and also loaded onto a Cashcard.

The reason I have not finalised the itinerary is because I am waiting to see if we are lucky enough to get the opportunity to buy tickets for the Last Night of the Proms concert.  We should know by the end of this week and then I can rework our plans for Cornwall, London and Cambridge so that we will be in London for the night of the concert if necessary.

It is good that most of the planning is done as the next few weeks will be a whirl as I fit in appointments for dentist, tax accountant, hairdresser and superannuation information as well as friends coming to visit and a birthday celebration for The Duke.  I also need to make sure my work is as up-to-date as possible when I leave as most of it will be waiting for me when I return after 6 weeks away.

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