Back in Dubai early hours of Tuesday morning, it's been a long week and all happened very fast, considering last Friday at 4.50pm I'd given up on my container ever being delivered. I will be sorting the issues out with the company here in Dubai, but I'm not hopeful anything will be achieved as everyone was passing responsibility back and forth. I'm really pleased I got back in time to work on the European Golf Tour, it won't be long before I resume working back in the UK and I really need to have some more areas of interest on a CV that has been fairly empty for the past 10 years.
334 Sunday Not a word from the moving company till 1pm 'we're on our way' from Greenwich. They arrived at 7pm, it took 2 hours to unload. The sofa that came out the house almost 10 years ago to the date, is now in the neighbours garage, because it won't go back in, they unwrapped the oven smaller sofa, fridge freezer and that was it. I'd paid for a full unpack and removal of waste on same day. But if I wanted my container now, that was the deal. Another complaint to add to my list.
335 Monday Up early, said good bye to the cat and dog. House sitters were still sleeping when I left. Caught the train into Paddington, which was so quiet, I could've cried. It's only when I travel that the enormity of covid really hits home, that and the 'Clap for Keyworkers' I'd booked the evening flight as I was unsure I could get to Heathrow for the earlier one, but I had plenty of time and transferred to the earlier flight. No fees payable to rebook during covid. I had a row to myself, an uneventful flight, got some sleep and had no anxiety at all.
336 Tuesday On arrival had a PCR test and now playing the waiting game for results. Peter had his within 8 hours when he returned from Saudi the other week. I arrived during a busy time for transit passengers and it's a public holiday so I had to wait longer. Most of the day spent in bed, only had 4 hours sleep during the night, body clock in regards to meal times is confused. While I was having breakfast, Peter was already at lunch time and asking me what I wanted for dinner. I unpacked and got ready for the golf tomorrow.
337 Wednesday 1st day at the golf. I was assigned a spotters role, basically counting the number of shots made by a golfer on each hole and radioing the scores back into the TV studios to provide information for their live commentary. I was bitten whilst hiding from the TV cameras in the rough (long grass) and got sunburnt. Came home, showered and off to the Polo Club for dinner and pub quiz with friends, which we won.
338 Thursday More golf and another long day outside in the sun, The TV compound is off site so we found ourselves sitting by the driving range for an hour whilst there was a break in live TV, it was nice to have a rest. Some of the golfers, but mainly the caddies start to recognise us now.
339 Friday Golf again, just one round of 18 holes walked today, TV finished at 3pm, so home early. We went for a walk along the beach, had dinner and an early night.
340 Saturday Up early again, did some blogging and headed off to the final day of the golf for this week. I've been walking an average of 8 to 10 miles a day in a circle, round 18 holes of golf, I know the course like the back of my hand now. The afternoon was spent putting up the Christmas Tree and decorations.
More golf next week with the finale of The Race to Dubai where a prize fund of $8 million. This weeks Golf in Dubai Championship was a mere $2.3 million.
On the Blog this week:
The role of a scorer at the golf.
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I'm glad you made it back to Dubai safely. It all sounds pretty full on at the moment. I bet you are feeling fit with all that walking!ReplyDelete
I'm aching head to toe with all the walking but loved every minute of itDelete
I hope you give the container company a good telling off. I am so happy that you made it back to Dubai and the flight went well.ReplyDelete
It sounds like you had a lovely week. Your Christmas tree is so pretty x
The container people are ignoring me, it's driving me up the wallDelete
Crikey that's insane money for the golf. Glad you got back in time to do it. What a faff with the whole container move, but at least it's now here. Hope you get a decent apology and compensation for the nightmares over it.ReplyDelete
Not a word from the shipping company, it's doing my head in right nowDelete
It sounds really interesting what you are doing with the golf, minus the sunburn of course. Hope you didn't get anymore on later shifts. It sounds like great exercise. I need to get more, I have been staying close to home with all the workmen here, but hoping I get a few days of freedom next week! I love the picture of the beach with the wheel in the background, would be lovely to feel the sun right now, its so cold xReplyDelete
it is lovely to see the sun again, but so weird to think it's christmas in this tempDelete
What a nightmare the whole container thing has been! Hope you manage to get something out of them. Think the golf sounds fun and as you say good for the CV.ReplyDelete
The golf has been great fun, one more event in January before I go homeDelete
What a lovely tree... nicely done on winning the quiz too!ReplyDelete
The golf spotting does sound cool, it's not my game but it's great some of the golfers are starting to recognise you too now! Somewhat jealous of your sunburn, as I write this comment looking out at rain, rain and more rain! Hope everything is sorted with the container now, telling's off have been made and compensation is winging its way to you! Sit back and relax! Sim
I have a proper golfers tan now, white feet and shoulders, looks odd when I'm wearing shorts and a strappy top to try and blend the tan a bit moreDelete
Nice to see some pics of Dubai again!ReplyDelete
Glad you finally go your stuff....it has been a complete mess with them hasn't it!
Every thing I try doing when we come to move is complicatedDelete
Oh God, must've been exhausting about the whole container issue. The empty station looks sad. Good that you had some sleep with no anxiety. Great that you've had a safe flight and returned to Dubai, & without covid. Hope the Golf Tour is going well, it's a shame you got sunburnt. Cute baby shower cake. lovely picture of the ferris wheel and beach. Fancy Christmas treeReplyDelete
The container issue still isn't resolved, I'm really irritated by it now. I really enjoyed the golf, lovely getting out and meeting peopleDelete
I’m so glad that your container finally arrived and you’ve managed to get back to Dubai. Not good though that you didn’t get the full container unpack that you paid for though. Sounds like you’ve been busy at the golf and that’s a lot of walking! Lovely to get the Christmas tree up – we still haven’t done ours! #project366ReplyDelete
Usually my tree goes up first weekend in December, so a bit late for me this year, but it'll all come down on boxing day regardlessDelete
Great the container arrived I am sure you are glad to see the back of all that headache. Golf sounds like good fun sans the sunburn and bites. Love the baby shower cake. So nice for you to be reunited with Peter, nice tree I like the little box decorationsReplyDelete
It's lovely being back home, shame it's only for 2 months thoughDelete
Glad to hear the container has finally arrived but how annoying that they didn't finish the job. Ouch to being bitten but how nice to spend some time in the sunReplyDelete
Need to top up my tan and even out the white lines on my feet and my shouldersDelete
Back in Dubai at last: I bet the weather is a welcome change! Gorgeous cake, I've never been to a baby shower. #project366ReplyDelete
Lovely being back in Dubai, even though my husband is away for a week, typical. I held a baby shower for my DIL last year, but other wise this is the first one I've been toDelete
Yay, glad your container arrived safely with not too many issues. And it sounds like your journey back to Dubai was stress free too - phew ! It's crazy seeing airports and train stations so empty now - it still seems almost creepy. It's so weird seeing you back in warm, sunny places after your time back in the UK. I'd quite like to be back in the sun at the moment - aaah ! lolReplyDelete
it's lovely being back in Dubai in the warm as I can continue to remain outside for as much as possibleDelete