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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Well,  like it or not the time has come to head home, having been here in Sebastian/Grant for just over a week we kept telling ourselves that there wasn't much to do and as we are obviously still living in Bree a certain amount of 'sorting out' had to be left to the very end. Neither of us really realised quite how much there was to do! We had started kind of half heartedly, Malc had cleared out a couple of the bins (storage compartments below) and we'd bought some large storage boxes to put stuff in - so that was all right then!
When it actually came down to it, we spent two solid days emptying, discarding, packing away and subsequently cleaning ... despite the fact that we feel we have been absolutely committed to not buying souvenirs or collecting 'stuff' there still seemed to be a huge amount of said 'stuff' to deal with.   Last time of course we left everything in situ as we were coming back to continue in Bree, now we are putting him up for sale he has to be empty and ready to go. Our 'fairy godparents' Doug & Trish insisted on taking all our boxes + a lot of other "unboxable" stuff like picnic tables and chairs etc onto their rig to look after for us. They have even adopted Toad. Let's hope they get a good price for it all when they get fed up with it J
So, in a pristine Bree, Malc made the very last hop a few yards to the storage section of the RV site and parked him in his allotted space. I have to say he looks immaculate both inside and out...which begs the question "Do we really want to sell him?" We shall see what happens and how things pan out at home, one thing is certain whether we continue in him or in another rig we will be back!
So, we left the warm tropical sunshine taking two hours to clear security at Orlando airport even going through the 'experienced traveller lane' it took ages. Our stop over at JFK in New York was uneventful, we were a little worried when the chap at the Air India desk scribbled a note about our luggage transfer on a small scrap on paper, as he struggled over the spelling of 'Orlando'. We had bought our tickets 7 months earlier as we had to have proof of return when we entered the US and ever watchful of our budget, this was the cheapest airline. Now we weren't quite so sure! However the flight was superb, the staff wonderful and the efficiency unrivalled. Mind you it was made all the more pleasant by the fact that there were only 10 of us in the whole back section of the plane so it was even more than one row of seats each! And yes I did have curry for my in flight meal! We would definitely recommend the airline. The plane was continuing to Delhi from London so no doubt it was much fuller for the second leg of its journey. Thankfully we were no where near Terminal 5 so we and our baggage all arrived safely and on time.
Heathrow was heaving and the sudden exposure to so many people, bags, trolleys etc. came as a bit of a shock, but thankfully Ross was waiting for us and in the space of a couple of hours we were back home. Three days later we woke to snow ... practically unheard of in this part of the world, can't remember when it snowed last! Only in the UK...
So for the time being Bournemouth remains our base, Malc has a kitchen to fit for Ross and there is some decorating to do at home, hopefully it won't be too long before we are back on the road... no need to watch this space the automatic e mail will tell you when leg three begins. Thank you for being one of the 4000 or so hits that this blog has had over the past 6 months, hope you have enjoyed travelling with us.
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