Look! I’ve started packing!
This is my handbag and carry-on. Yesterday I lay in bed after a little nap after lunch and wrote lists on my phone. Carry-on. Handbag. Suitcase.
I would’ve ideally liked to totally just have carry-on luggage, but having to pack for freezing weather AND summer weather is proving to be difficult to do under 7 KGs. So I’m putting the absolute necessities for the cruise in the carry-on, planning on wearing my thick fleecy things on the plane to save weight, and then putting everything else on my suitcase.
The suitcase will definitely be nearly empty, but it gives me more flexibility, plus if it goes missing it won’t be devastating for Antarctica. Those icebergs and penguins are the main reasons I’m going, after all!
I’ve packed my bathers in the carry-on. I’ve decided that I’ll be doing the Polar Plunge. It’s the only chance I’ll ever have to do it. After all, how bad could it actually be?????
The handbag I’ll be taking is the one I bought at a little market in Marylebone on one of the first days I was in London. Here I am, a couple of days later, taking it to Hampton Court Palace. I’m a huge Tudor buff o this day was one of the highlights of my life. I blogged about it here.
And here is the bag, along with Blogless Helen, Rick and Matt, arriving in Pyongyang, North Korea in 2018.
Clearly, I can’t leave it at home. It’s a tradition to bring it with me whenever I leave the country.
I’ve been staying away from crowds – I didn’t even have a farewell dinner with my boys – but I’ve also raced around and got a few things done. Poppy and Jeff are pictured here, on their way to my sister’s place to get clippered. They’re now as sleek as seals. My veggie garden is planted… maybe not as extensively as in past years, but as long as Ryan27 keeps the water up to them, the plants should be thriving by the time I get back.
Can you believe Poppy and Jeff are 9 1/2??? Time certainly flies.
I may not post here again before I go. There’s no internet on the ship – and if you CAN get it it’s very expensive – so this will be like another North Korean holiday. I’ll be out of touch for a couple of weeks. I’ve bought a sim for my phone and Ryan27 is on Whatsapp, so I’ll be communicating with the family through him.
See you on the other side!
Dad joke of the day: