The requirements for travel are changing often. We now have to have a covid free certificate to be able to fly back into Dubai. There are many places charging a small fortune and I have no idea if the UAE government would accept any of these. The response I get from Emirates is to contact a UK government lab to arrange the test. Do they mean the NHS? Currently they're only testing for people who have symptoms. I find it so frustrating when people in other countries just assume everything is done the same around the world.
Finally found a testing centre in Bristol that the UAE recognise, had to pay £120 each for the tests and then a long wait for an appointment date, has to be done within 48 hours of departure. The rules may change again by the time we fly, but that is the nature of a pandemic, sadly it likes to travel also.
We've had a busy week with DIY and the house is finally feeling like our home again
My to do list: (got ignored last week)
Write up address book
Clean the windows, everyone is covered in cat snot
Tidy craft room/dumping ground
Clean spare room
208 Sunday The day spent ordering tools and DIY items needed for Peter to start work around the house, they arrive on Tuesday. Nothing else happened other than washing and watching TV.
209 Monday Up way too early, wet and cold outside. Sewed some bunting and tidied the craft room The day end with a Sunday roast, I no longer care what day of the week it is anymore. Our kitchen door doesn't stay shut without a latch, we haven't been able to fond one on line to Peter removed the one from the dining room door, now the dining room door doesn't close without lifting the handle and we seem to spend all our time looking for the cat who hooks her paw round the frame to open the door.
210 Tuesday Tools etc arrived, Peter set about some DIY, I spent the day doing the tax return, sorting paperwork out and booking Covid tests so we can return to Dubai. Have sorted out birthdays, anniversaries and care package boxes all ready to post for events in late August and September before I travel to Dubai. I just seem to place paper son the floor so I can sort, then run out of time and just put them back on the desk again.
211 Wednesday Up at 3am, just couldn't sleep, sat and blogged. Mother in Law and Sister in Law came up for the morning to socially distance sit in the garden. In the afternoon Peter re grouted and re sealed our ensuite. We ordered new wood to re clad the shed.
212 Thursday I had a really good sleep, 9 hours and woke up feeling refreshed. Peter and I removed the internal doors, cut them to the new size for the carpets, sanded them down and I will be painting them in September. In between helping Peter I sorted out bills and paperwork and I cut some foam to size to re make Bob's dog bed which I made when he came to live with us 7 years ago. I made the cover with upholstery material which just needs the seams sewing back up.
Peter and I proving our point that the paper will set alight and doing it on a wooden table top isn't a good idea.
213 Friday Up at 4am Sorted through some more paperwork, made a few more online orders, cleaned the cat snot off the windows. Peter sanded down the outside table I was given early on in lockdown and stained it. We didn't find the heat too oppressive as there was a gentle cool breeze. In Dubai when the weather is hot, so is the wind. I completely forgot I'd made arrangements with my friend to visit today prior to Peter getting his flight, she brought me 1/2 ton of rocks for the garden. My new sewing machine arrived and Debbie and I drank wine and ate chips in the garden. Bob struggled with the heat today, Peter and I loved it.
214 Saturday Dog washed. To do list complete. Cleaned the spare room, fixed the duvet and sewed the dog bed up. All the paperwork is now sorted. The address book will get written up on my next flight as I doubt there will be any new movies to watch. I've started a new 'to do' list for next week. Peter cut and hung the new door for the dining room and painted it. Just the food delivery to sort and dinner to cook. Bob is grumpy in his old age, he hates being bathed, but he loves the rub down afterwards.
On the blog this week:
Collecting Peter from Heathrow Airport
A visit to Eastnor Castle with Bob - Dayoutwithmydog is now on Instagram