Friday, 4 May 2007

Gettin' organised!

The best laid plans of mice and men…………………………..!

Well, I guess the only excuse I have for my ‘non-appearance’ here for a while is getting myself back into some sort of routine following our return ‘home’ – its amazing really the jetlag itself wasn’t any problem for me (unusually it WAS for Shirley this time!) but trying to get daily motivational juices going has been a bit of a struggle!

But we’ve not just been lying around idle of course!

A few days after returning we spent a day at the Passport Office in London getting Shirley’s Passport renewed in time for our sailing flotilla in Turkey next week – she didn’t have the required 6 months left on it so we had to get it renewed ‘fast-track’; all is now well!

We enjoyed the annual Ladies Festival of my Masonic Lodge a week ago today and took a party of 8 which was fun – even if the live band wasn’t as ‘alive’ as we usually like them!

On Sunday Shirley was hankering for some ‘open space’ as she was missing our almost daily trip to Warriewood Beach so we headed down to the Thames by Hambledon Lock and sat by the river with a picnic and a bottle of beer each – it was sunny but with a cool-ish breeze off the water, we didn’t linger there more than an hour or so. But it was nice to watch the boats and wildlife passing by! I've since bought myself a new fishing rod on eBay!

The weather since we returned has been unseasonably mild with warm sunny days and we definitely got our timing right this year, unlike 2006 when we came back in early March to frost and snow! We haven’t yet seen any rain here either although the forecast for the upcoming bank holiday weekend says it’s going to change by Monday! I have no doubt that the Water authorities will reinstate the drought restrictions they lifted only a few months ago, which means hosepipe bans etc!

This weekend we’ll be heading up to Yorkshire to see Clare, John and the boys – we’ll be staying over so hopefully will get some quality time with them before they resume their busy working lives next week! The journey will be a good test for my new Satellite Navigation system too!!

We’ve already started packing for the sailing flotilla in Turkey – we leave here next Saturday 12th May, coincidentally my birthday! We’ve already had a couple of planning sessions with Chas and Pam and sorted out an online grocery order which hopefully will be on the boat when we arrive in Marmaris late on Saturday. I’m sure they’ll be time for the girls to pick up fresh bread and last minute stuff we’ve maybe forgotten while Chas and I attend the passage planning meeting Sunday morning before we head off for our first day’s sailing. We’re very much looking forward to it!

Meanwhile I have a sick wife! We had friends around for dinner last night and Shirley felt a little off-colour afterwards; she’s been up most of the night and this morning stayed in bed after being continually sick. We think it was a ‘bad’ prawn which was the problem and it sure did have a violent reaction! Hopefully with some tlc from Dr David, she’ll be well enough to get in the car tomorrow for the 4-hour journey to Keighley!

Oh and I forgot to mention; our friend Jo who is in Florida at the moment apparently fell and broke her foot somewhere and is now in plaster and on crutches – deja vue?