It's hard to believe, after a lifetime for Hubby, longing to see his family in Australia, we have one more sleep to go!
Australia as we all know, is a vast continent, we are very thankful that the family, whilst spread apart, live on the east and only an hour's flight in between, meaning we only need to take two internal flights.
We land in Melbourne, drive down to Phillip Island, then fly to Sydney, finally flying to Brisbane, before coming home again.
One cousin lives in Perth which is a six hour flight I believe, but very kindly he has offered to make the journey to Sydney to meet us at his brother's, that would have taken a lot out of us, time wise and physically, so we are very grateful.
All of Hubby's cousins are considerably older than him and all retired, which is a strange concept since all my cousins are around my age, give or take a few years either side.
We have had our fair share of unexpected interruptions to our life this week, a week I had intended to keep clear to get all packed and organised in a calm peaceful frame of mind....
...well last night the drama continued!
After the hectic day at hospital, after Friday club I was looking forward to an hour on the sofa before getting some sorting done for packing.
However, as I mentioned yesterday, our cat Milly suddenly took very ill.
I honestly thought her end had come and today would be that visit to the vets all pet owners dread.
However, after an hour of listening to her yowling, I decided to try and clean her up, after she had soiled herself ( not usual at all and a reason I thought the end might be nigh)
Whilst she was very unhappy about the clean up, within a short time of the humiliating process, she seemed to perk up!
Before we went to bed she ate some food too!
By morning she seemed her normal self and there was no evidence of her being poorly overnight,
phew what a relief!
However....she did still honk some, so there was nothing for it but to go to Pets at Home and buy some cat shampoo....which I didn't even know existed till this morning!
Hubby and I bathed her...not easy.....but she seemed to know it was for her own good...
...how pathetic she looked at the end...her fluffy tail all skinny and limp!
She normally has it held up, but this was all she could muster!
And her legs, which look so fat usually, covered in her thick curly fur....are so skinny underneath!
We wouldn't help but laugh at the poor wee thing!
She really did not know what to do with herself, walking around, shaking her leg from time to time!
She took shelter in a sunny spot in the rabbit hutch, which didn't last long when I spotted her...but all that did was make all the sawdust stick to her wet fur!
Tonight however, she is back in her spot, snuggled on the sofa, all dry and that tail all fluffy again!
But going back to last night, Milly was not the only drama to contend with!
Hubby came to bed with a bowl of cereal for supper, one of his favourite things to do
(very noisy for me when I am trying to get off to sleep!)
He was tucking in then suddenly said
"Oh no, I have a new problem!"
He thought he had broken his tooth (drat that hard fruit and fibre) but in actual fact, in the morning we could see it was a large filling come out!
So he had to get an emergency appointment this morning, and NHS 111 were able to put us in contact with a local dentist who sorted the problem with a temporary filling.
Well if I thought that was the end of the drama, it wasn't quite!
The downstairs loo decided to block itself ( well probably something to do with last nights cat issues, when I flushed everything down there!)
However, I managed to unblock it after a few attempts...hearing that big whoosh is such a relief!
The weather has been glorious today, but the best I could make of it, was getting all the washing up to date.
The day has been a hectic one, clearing up, getting the pet stations all sorted for Grandma who will come and look after them.
There is still some ways to go, but the cases are packed and only little bits to do, although its always the last minute things that take the time I find!
Just before dinner, we took time out to see a replica of the Nao Victoria, which is moored locally.
She was the first ship to circumnavigate the world in the 16th Century.
She certainly was impressive, although her masts weren't down of course, but we could imagine how she would look on the open seas.
This will be my last blog for a couple of weeks, then hopefully I can share some of our Adventure Down Under with you all.
Be good when I'm away!