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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

There we have it.
Ten packs, ten pairs of shoes, ten sets of clothes to be worn on Thursday.
Nobody is allowed to touch anything until then.

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We’ve been asked what we’re taking…telling you won’t take long.
For each person:

2x shorts
1x longs
3x tops (combination of short and long sleeved)
3x undies
3x socks…no, we changed that to 4x this morning
2x bras (not for the boys)
1x thermal top and long johns
1x light gloves
1x sunhat
1x Keens sandals
1x flipflops
1x fleece jacket
1x raincoat

1x sleeping bag liner
1x pillowcase

small microfibre handkerchief towel
deodorant/baking soda
black sack (for putting packs in and keeping bedbugs out at albergues)

small bowl that will double as a mug Mongolian-style
plastic knife and teaspoon

pen and pencil
pilgrim’s passport

Then we have a few communal items:
* string shopping bag and light cloth bag for baguettes and camembert
* a few hydration baldders
* a few toiletries and a roll of toilet paper
* a few medical supplies
* a laundry (sunlight soap, multi-size plug, 10m cord, 50 nappy pins)
* muslin cloths for washing and drying dishes
* Camino guidebook and a sheet of paper with Spanish phrases
* coloured pencils and watercolours
* UNO, pass the pigs, letter dice, Monopoly Draw, felt pieces
* electronics: camera, laptop, GPS, phone and attendant chargers
* 2x ball of wool and 1x circular knitting needle and one set Pacerpoles for MamaBear
* folder with important papers
* money

Travelling light has its advantages….there ought to be no trouble fitting our carry-on gear in the overhead lockers. This is it, for all ten of us:

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Gotta take a bag of snacks Just In Case; dried fruit, nuts, homemade cheese&chilli crackers, and for some inexplicable reason, eight tiny packets of pop candy.

In fact, the only complaint being heard this morning as we packed was that the bags were too big and baggy. That’s a far cry from our last trip when we ended up buying a trolley to drag the electronics bag along, and there was an entire pack devoted to winter gear, and the nappies, oh the cloth nappies. No nappies this time!

And for you crafty friends, how do you like my hand-embroidered Little Red Riding Hood carry-bag? Perfect for French sticks and lunchtime grapes, don’t you think?

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Yes, I made it. And I love it. It’s nice having some hand-made-y stuff to go with the Big Brand Name backpacks and shoes.
Actually I made the pack covers too – complete with snazzy French seams…and lots of the clothes, and most of the socks, but none of the undies!

sweet tears

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

When we set off into the wide blue yonder eighteen years ago, as an only-just-married-two-days-ago-couple, it was all adventure. I don’t think I shed even one tear. It was all too exciting.

This morning we said some good-byes, and I cried.
Last night we said the hardest goodbye, and I cried.
I still had a lump in my throat after driving right across town.

But I am so pleased.
I am so thankful to have precious friends, who we are going to miss.
We are incredibly blessed to have special people to be sharing the journey with, even though right now our paths will diverge for a time.

When we left in 1990, we had very little idea where we were going, and the plans we did have became null and void when a government, which shall remain nameless, refused to issue us visas.
We changed our plans.
Now, in 2008, we have a broad outline, we know theoretically where we will be laying our heads tomorrow night, but we don’t have a detailed itinerary for the next year. And we remain at the whim of the Russi*n government! Some things don’t change, though we hope desperately, the outcome will be different this time!

And so we stand on the verge of stepping off into the almost-unknown.
Anticipation mingles with apprehension.

And a few tears are shed.

Gonna miss you guys.

Last Night At Home

Friday, October 3rd, 2008
Another family moves into our house in the morning. There's no going back now! Even though Malaysian Railways have cancelled our train tickets, M6 officially has bronchitis (and it took us sitting at the doctor's surgery for an hour and a half ... [Continue reading this entry]

four days to go

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
Today is Moving Day (though we'll sleep here on mattresses on the floor in our own rooms tonight). Tomorrow Cleaning Day. Now I see why Rob decided to work up to the last minute ;-) Though how he is going to get much work ... [Continue reading this entry]

wrapped in love

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Dolls had not made it to the list of Things To Take With Us. Not even for the barely-out-of-toddler-hood pair of sisters. But how could we leave these behind?

One dark-haired, one blonde, just ... [Continue reading this entry]

money grows on trees

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
yes it does, it really does.....see......

A dear friend delivered a moneytree to contribute to our Big Brother Mouse fundraising efforts. It was amazing!!!! And this morning Grandpa offered another donation in exchange for weeding ... [Continue reading this entry]

the place we’ve been calling home

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

growing our food...

buying what we don't grow...

kids working hard...

kids ... [Continue reading this entry]

the last birthday

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
before we go away

what *was* I thinking?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
I suspect I had a nagging suspcicion at the back of my mind that even though I used to be able to travel a long way on my bicycle, "used to" is not now. "Used to" was fifteen years and ... [Continue reading this entry]

apparently Sydney

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Apparently.....if you spend less than 24 hours in Sydney, you don't pay departure tax. Apparently you can get from the International Terminal to Circular Quay, which is just a very short walk from the Opera House, in about 20 minutes on ... [Continue reading this entry]