Two and a half weeks…

Gosh, is that really all it’s been? Time flies!

Wow – it’s good to be home. To be honest, I was secretly dreading the walking through the door of our house, suitcases in hand, in the knowledge that our long-planned Big Trip was over. I was scared of feeling let-down, a bit lost, not quite sure what to do with our days… now that I’ve got a few moments to reflect on it all, it hasn’t been like that at all. In some ways, it’s been as if we’d never been away.

Catching up with friends has been such fun, and putting our house and garden back in order has been good too. The garden particularly, didn’t receive the TLC we would have given it, and has required a fair bit of work (many many thanks to my wonderful parents for all their help!) to get it looking reasonable. It proved so inspirational that we actually finally put our herb garden in order, and have advanced our plans for a raised veggie plot down from the playhouse. A good blogger would have pics for you all – they will follow in due course!

Our bag did eventually make it back from Sydney – yay for Virgin Blue’s Lily, who actually picked up the phone and called us; then made sure the bag went on the next flight home 🙂 – only eight days after we did. Happy happy – and “all” I need to do now is block my lovely knitted top and then I can seam it and wear it!

(The “all” means we have to clear the guest room bed… no mean feat)

And I’ve got lots of other knitting to be getting on with, but more on that in due course too.

Aidan and Megan are loving being home in their own beds again, and out in their playhouse, and riding their bikes, and going scooting, and seeing their friends and… 🙂

Home again!

We made it! We’re home!

The dreaded 14.5 hour flight worked out just fine, and we made it back to sunny Scotland yesterday lunchtime…

Staying with my wonderful parents for a night or two, to allow us to unpack our attic, and restore our home to something approaching normality, and to allow K and I to get some much-needed sleep. Jet lag isn’t too bad – we all slept reasonably well last night, but the kids were up at 6am this morning.

However, all this is minus one bag, thanks to the check-in lady at Sydney Airport forgetting to put a tag on one of the bags. The bag hasn’t made it to Scotland yet, and we’re well past the 24 hour point. I suspect it’s sitting moldering away in a corner of Sydney Airport. Of course, they may also have blown it up by now 🙁 . It’s mostly the kid’s clothes (but A is very upset because his birthday top and trousers are in there), and the laptop (thankfully backed-up, but still…) and worst of all – my just-finished knitted top, which I hadn’t even had a chance to seam 🙁 🙁 .

We have our doubts about the tracking system – because the bag wasn’t tagged. The bag does have K’s address and telephone number on both the inside and outside – but the bag apparently went through under my name – and there’s no place on the missing bag report to put such details, so if they are looking at all, they are looking for a bag with my name on it, not K’s. So we’re going to try calling Sydney Airport ourselves and see if we can find out what happened. I have my doubts that we will ever see that bag again 🙁 .

Still, on the bright side, we have our house and our car back, and the sun is shining. It’s great to be home!