Viv has already finished her job, moved out of her house, put her stuff in storage and moved into my room – it’s feeling a bit cramped with both of us in there but we’re slowly reclaiming some space as my posessions migrate to packing boxes. I absolutely despise packing and as a result procrastinate lots when I have to do it which only results in prolonging the pain. I’ve made a decent dent in it now anyway.
I’m really looking forward to finishing work myself at the end of this week. It will be great to have a bit of spare time before we go so that we can properly enjoy our last few days in this country. We also have a lot of socialising to be done as we get round to seeing everyone that we want to see prior to leaving. No doubt there will be lots of last-minute sorting out of stuff to be done too.
We are now starting to think about our first few days in New Zealand and finding a campervan to use for our stay there. Our current thinking is to buy one and sell it at the end. This could work out being much cheaper because we could sell it for almost the value we bought it for, but comes with the extra risk that if it breaks then we’re left to foot the bill. Fortunately I know a thing or two about car mechanics so should be able to spot a shit-heap from decent motor.
Exciting times, but also quite scary too – to know that we will be leaving family and so many great friends behind, potentially not seeing them for 18 months or so. No doubt there will be a few tears in the coming fortnight but sometimes you just have to step outside of your comfort zone and follow your heart. Viv summed it up very well in saying that it feels like “stepping into the abyss” because once we set off so much is unknown.
Anyway, roll on the abyss!
Here’s a few photos from our last walk out in the Peak District, enjoying the English countryside (and weather!) while we still can: