So thrilled with all your comments yesterday. Your packing for the virtual trip is fabulous. Thank goodness someone remembered the corkscrew/bottle opener. Practicality and imagination – the perfect combination.
Disaster struck on the packing front at 5.10pm yesterday. Have been weighing luggage as I go along and was just on the magic 15k for Ryan Air's ultra strict baggage policy. Managed to get a little luggage scale yesterday which was a huge step forward from me leaping on the scales (always a nasty moment), leaping off, clutching the bag and leaping on again. Subtract numbers and get baggage weight. Anyway the little scale in hand I am in the kitchen just finishing things off. As I lift the bag to hang on the scale, there is a distinctly ominous tearing sound. One handle as torn off the bag and ripped right through the fabric.
When you usually go with hand baggage sized cases and this is the only larger bag you have, this could very well be classified as a panic situation.
I didn't let you down, I went into Basil (Fawlty) mode and leapt about shreiking and swearing. Funnily enough this did no good whatsoever (really you'd think I'd learned that by now).
This does qualify as panic sit. as Idgy has her school show (Joseph) at 7.30pm and she has to be at rehersal etc at 6.30pm. Mr X appears to take charge of idgy and pack her off to rehersal. I hit the road and shopping centre half an hour away, in a less than calm and fragrant state.
Check out every shop that could conceavably sell a large bag/case/luggage – call it what you will. Some have handy labels teling you the weight of bag sans packing. This is great but worrying as every bag has wheels which add extra weight. My old bag was on the limit and had no wheels. Sinking feeling as I realise I will have to ditch more clothes, and quelle horror, shoes!!!
Finally select brown bag with wheels at 3.4k. Get home at 7.20, dump bag, grab camera and get the the village hall when the doors are closed and head mistress just about to start the show. Feel exactly as I did as a child with ink on the hands and the beady eyes of authority finding fault.
The show was great and I would give you photos but haven't had time to upload. There were some kids in the leading roles who had great voices and sang really well. Unfortunately the boy playing joseph was more musically challenged than most and was so excited about wearing a microphone he spent more time grinning than singing. At least it all added to the general fun and silliness. Idgy was in the chorus and had a whale of a time in the back row with her mates, rocking in time to the music and doing a lot of mexican waves.
Show finished 9pm. Rush home and start sorting luggage again. Haul it all out, be ruthless and get it into the new bag at at exactly 15k. Ok so there are several pairs of shoes off the list, pile of t shirts, trousers and books and a jersey. Hopefully I won't miss them.
Zipped up at midnight. Fall into bed.
So thrilled you guys are coming on this virtual holiday. Drinks on the plain girls, see ya in France!!!