Who needs a Berlitz Guide when I have you!! Thanks SO much for all your wonderful suggestions of places to visit, stay at, or eat in for my forthcoming trip to Australia which begins today! I've been jotting all your ideas down in a little red leather notebook that my sister gave to me for my birthday,and reckon that Colin and I have MORE than enough to keep us busy for the next 20 days!
To be honest, there have been moments over the last week or so when I seriously didn't think I'd get everything sorted in time. The spare bedroom was full of summer clothes (even though it's been raining for about the last month in Sydney) and then my mum told me that it was very chilly in Tasmania, and so I had to dig out a few jumpers… then I was worried that I might need a coat, which left me no alternative but to get a new suitcase!!
I wouldn't say it was large but you could fit a family of possums in it and still have room for your trainers!! Trying to fit it into the back of my rather small car was quite funny though – well not to me but to a couple of young lads who had parked opposite and no doubt thought I'd have to take the roof down to get it in!
I will though have to find a spare corner in it, in which to place my 'armbutler'. Nope, it's not a member of staff to save my energy when holding a glass of wine, it is a rather strange metal frame that I have to use to get my lymphoedema sleeve on! Such a nuisance, along with the tummy injections I've got to give myself prior to each of the long haul flights… I even have a letter from my doctor giving me permission to carry a 'sharp' on the plane
But you know what… a year ago today I was heading off to the hospital for my mastectomy – I never expected that – but didn't anticipate 12 months later to be heading off to Australia either, so every cloud has a silver lining in my book
I will try and check in at least once while I'm away, but promise to take as many photos as is humanly possible and create a little gallery for you when I'm home. For your part, stay well, stay warm, and be good to yourselves Missing you already!!
Love Ali xxx