Thursday, 12 August 2010

House, packing


We've packed. Mostly. We said no to the wooden horse. Yes to the pony trash books. They balance out the Shakespeare for kids. The platypus has gone in, as has Arseface with her chic Asia wardrobe, plus a sewing box to stitch her head back together.

This is odd. It's worrying. It feels final. We're taking so much ordinary everyday junk. Like we're not coming back, not for a long, long time.

Usually we have a rule. One cabin bag each. That's it. No check in bags. We've travelled to Australia like that twice over for a month each time. Three sets of clothes, books, the toy you can't live without, spare shoes, knickers, toothbrush. That's it. Anything else, go without or buy en route. We shrug off the suspicious glance when we get to check-in. What we haven't got we can't lose.

This time, there's too much to take, too much to carry, too much to lose.

7 comments:

Rachel M. said...

I'm in total astonishment that you could convince an entire family to pack a carry on case for a month of travel!!!! I did it for my last 2 week trip to Hong Kong, it was so liberating and my bag fit fine in the overhead compartment of an intercontinental flight but not to Vietnam where the plane was big enough to have 3 rows on each side but had strangely small overhead compartments.

Firebird said...

It's weird, but although you'll still be blogging ... you WILL still be blogging right? Well, it still feels like you're leaving us! {sniffle}

Katherine said...

Wow. It's really happening. But you ARE getting closer to NZ..... aren't you?

Deb said...

Oh Grit! Such an adventure! But I thought you were only going to take it a month at a time? How long are you thinking now?

I can't wait to hear all about it!

sharon said...

It will be fine. Really it will. Just a little adjustment here and there, after all it's only a loooong holiday with extra benefits - like maybe meeting some of us down here in the Southern hemisphere ;-)

Grit said...

hi people, thank you for your comments! in the first instance, six months. the house in hk is let for a year. um?

yes, i will still blog. about uk style home ed from an hk balcony. x

Grit said...

ps... did someone say there is a website where we can add our views of how the badman report impacted on our lives? i would like to add to that, since the impact was huge. can someone tell me where it is?