I flew back in to the UK on Tuesday. The flight and arrival in Birmingham went really well, there was an incident in the lift at New Street where I stood my ground and refused to allow the lift doors to close until a couple got out as they were either unable to read or process why I wouldn't let them in until I told them to fuck off, firmly. It was lovely seeing the snow on the ground. I'll be able to leave the house on February 6th. Technically I can now as I have an exemption letter, which I may use to walk Bob in the early hours of the morning, but I've no real desire to go anywhere.
I'm grateful I have the room to move boxes around and decide what I want to unpack and in which order. I've placed an Ikea order for some display cabinets and started my quest for another house sitter for March. I've also ordered another food delivery for next week and once I'm out of quarantine I'll use the click and collect service.
23 Saturday Child 4's birthday, he turned 26. WTAH? I can't be old enough for this? The cut was made at the golf today and I went out with the penultimate group, a couple of players had a bad round and yes, I knew about it. Only walked 17.500 steps today as opposed to almost 30,000 on Thursday. Had a bath, down to the bar for a drink then had room service dinner. I packed ready for check out in the morning.
The club house at Abu Dhabi.
24 Sunday Last day of the golf, I have a lovely 'golfers' tan. White feet, V neck shirt and short sleeves. Started the day with a PCR test to comply with the rules in the UAE for this event and ready for my flight on Tuesday.
Winner Tyrell Hatton and Caddy with 3rd placed Rory McIlroy. There was a pot of $8 million up for grabs.
25 Monday 2nd covid vaccination today, took around 2 hours. Rest of the day spent tidying and packing and just chilling out. When Peter finished work we popped to the local mall for dinner and had an early night.
26 Tuesday Up and out the house by 4am. The airport and flight was good, arrival in Birmingham was excellent with all the communication, checks and social distancing, caught a train home, had a minor confrontation with a couple until they got out of the lift. Met the house sitters on the drive at 3pm, they left straight away. Cat and dog were pleased to see me, house looks ok. In bed at 6pm.
My travel clothing.
27 Wednesday Woke at 3am, cleaned the kitchen cupboards, surfaces and walls/doors. The downstairs loo and hallway. I unpacked my suitcase, sorted out some bills, made a list of jobs that need doing. The food shop arrived and I unpacked a small chest of drawers so I could put a few things away. In the evening I just chilled out in the evening on the sofa in front of the TV.
I keep forgetting I'm owned by a cat and it just keeps appearing without warning.
28 Thursday Another early morning, drank tea, did some blogging and forced myself to stay in bed till 6am, then showered and got properly dressed for the day. Spent the day unpacking boxes, moving things, discovering broken items, cussing, sleeping, eating and repeat.
Every box is labelled, glass or books and either kitchen or living room, nothing makes sense and stuff from the shed has ended up in the same box as stuff from the spare bedroom upstairs.
29 Friday A similar day to yesterday and progress is being made. Had a phone call from Public Health England, very friendly bubbly voice telling me to isolate and what to do if I have any symptoms. Would be more effective if they just said 'stay in or get fined'.
These books were my dad's from his childhood, they were upside down in a box in the shed marked steel. Hopefully I've rescued them from the damp in time.
On the blog this week:
Further developments in Uptown Dubai and the Super Tall Tower with #MySundayPhoto
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My Winter COVID Vacation in Dubai
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I am glad your flight went OK and you got back to the UK without much drama.ReplyDelete
What a relief for you to have the 2nd Coivd vaccine.
I bet your pets are glad to have you home.
Eek! The unpacking doesn't sound like fun. x
The flight home was good and I planned the 2nd dose around my travels. Yes the pets were very happy to have me backDelete
Glad to hear you had a safe journey home, it must be a shock to come from the heat to the snow. That clubhouse is stunning!ReplyDelete
it is a bit cold yes, I've forgotten how to keep warmDelete
Glad you are safely back. Quite a contrast between the start of your week and the end. So annoying that they didn't pack right. The only time we had packers it all worked fairly well - only downside was that the kitchen was enormous at old house and I had kitchen cupboards with lots of non kitchen stuff stored. I'd open a box hoping to find bowls or breakfast cereal and get gardening things.ReplyDelete
well it's mostly all unpacked now and we won't be doing this again, I do keep finding things in the wrong places thoughDelete
Glad the flight and travel back was ok. Hopefully the unpacking isn't too painful. At least you'll have jobs to do while you're isolating.ReplyDelete
thank you, yes isolation gave me plenty of time to get the jobs doneDelete
Sounds like the packers where a blooming nightmare from start to finish. Glad you got back ok, and I guess it's better to have some sort of check up on you going on than nothing at all. Bet Bob and Pushkins are glad to have you home #365ReplyDelete
Packers are always a nightmare, I don't know why I expect things to be done any differently, ever. Yes the pets are super happy to have me home, they won't leave my sideDelete
Good on you for standing your ground on the lift! Bet the pets are happy to see you. Glad you got your 2nd vaccination. My parents are still waiting now due to the 12 week guidance.ReplyDelete
I'll stand my ground every single time, I got called out on twitter by someone who said i was making stuff like this upDelete
Glad you got your 2nd vaccination and the flight back was okay. Good luck with all the unpacking - it all sounds very frustrating with the packers having done a poor job. #project365ReplyDelete
I give up with packing companies and anything to do with the service industry from now onDelete
Welcome back to the UK. Why are people so stupid? Glad you got your vaccine sorted its very hit and miss here depending on where you live! Sounds like the packers did an interesting job, hope the books are okay and you don't have any more breakages.ReplyDelete
I think the books have survived and that's it now for breakages, doubt I'll hear anything back from making a claimDelete
Glad to hear you're back in the UK< and the flight went well. Hope the books are fine, and haven't got any damp. I've spotted Mary Barton in the box, I should re-read it. It was one of my favourite books, when I was a teen. Haven't read it since then. Good luck with all the unpacking!ReplyDelete
Why is Bob looking so sad in that photo?
That is just Bob's face, he's a dog, half asleepDelete
It must be a relief to get the second vaccination. My parents are having their first this week. I'm glad you made that couple follow the rules. Is it weird being back in the UK?ReplyDelete
`Yep, really weird being back in the UK, the weather, the attitudes etcDelete
Looks like quite a positive week with the sucessful flight home and 2nd vaccine dose. Hope there aren't too many surprises in the boxes. #project365ReplyDelete
Thank you, all unpacked now, all breakages accounted forDelete
That books from your dad - Those look really precious!! Hope you had a good flight. DId you go back to the UK for good ?ReplyDelete
Flight was good thank you. have one more trip in March till end of June lined upDelete
Bet its nice knowing your second jab is out the way, my parents have had their first one and my husband too. It must be lovely being home to your cat and dog. I always miss my dog when we go away on holiday.ReplyDelete
i feel much safer being back in the uk with both jabs nowDelete