We are leaving in a couple of days to get on the transatlantic cruise to Amsterdam. We have a balcony on the cruise and plan to use it a lot. So all the packing and things to do before we leave are being done.
Our sons are moved in. The dogs are doing well.
We are packing ( oh no). We take one rolling suitcase and one backpack each for the six months we will be away. That means that I take very few clothes and they all are black and can be worn together. For color and variety I pack scarves. I pack in packing bags; the shirts, the pants, the underwear, the jacket all can be pulled out and used as needed. I bring 2 pairs of shoes and a pair of saddles. It is not much but it leaves some room to pick up something irresistible .
There are some things that we bring from home because they are difficult to get in Ireland and England. These are the special ear plugs I use, I love my husband but I still need to sleep. Our vitamins and medications ( luckily we take only a few meds so that is easy). My prepared journal and my journal tools. We take a laptop computer, our phones, an ipad and a Magic Jack phone. It is all very lightweight. When you are getting on trains and buses in Europe there are no porters to help. You must lug your bags up the train stairs very quickly as they only stop for a few minutes and there are lots of other people getting on.
The worst part of the trip is the flight to Fort Lauder dale. I hate flying, it is so cramped. That is the reason we will take a cruise over and a cruise back. If you want to follow our adventures pet and house sitting please click the “follow” button and put in your email addy. You will then get an email only when I post ( no one wants more emails than needed). There will be very few posts on the 14 day cruise since the internet is difficult and expensive to use in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Bon Voyage!
We have been at home all this time since returning from England in August. Our son got married in December. Then we got through Christmas; with a small tree and all of our Christmas decorations still in storage. We have made the downstairs comfortable with furniture from our office and our bed. The upstairs is completely empty. We find we do not need to live in much space these days after being on the road for 6 months. All of our clothes fit into 1/2 of our closet. It is good to have our sweet doggie Mac back with us.
The housing market seems to be depressed here at the moment so we are taking some small trips while we decide what to do. I find that I am restless and want to be back on the road again.
So we are spending a week in Las Vegas. There are some interesting places to take photographs here. This is the glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel that is stunning. And some glass Cherry flowers from the inside of the hotel. We also went to an abandoned mining town near here, and got photographs of lots of rusted cars and signs. The next day we went to the stunning Valley of Fire. This is a state park that has lots of sandstone rocks the are standing straight up from the ground due to violent up thrusts from the time of the dinosaurs. It is pretty dramatic.
And today we visited the Atomic Testing Museum. We had a Groupon (2 for $26) and you should look for such a discount, as the list price is $22 each, and I don’t think it’s worth that. Those of you who are of our age will remember those duck-and-cover drills from the 60s, and this will certainly make you realize how useless that would have been, and how crazy the whole nuclear industry was.
There is a lot to do in Las Vegas besides gambling.
Well, I thought I would up date you on some of our events. Not as exciting as the summer in England but still interesting.
If you want to purchase any of these photographs they are available in my Etsy shop.
We are taking care of 2 lovely dogs in Truro, Cornwall. Here is a picture of them having fun.
We have been walking these babies 2 times a day in a lovely field nearby.
But we have not done any sight seeing because….I love the Olympics. All my favorite sports come in the first week. Swimming, volleyball and gymnastics are the big three for me. The problem with being in England is that the swimming finals are live here at 1-4 am because the the time difference with Rio. Oh no…..my normal schedule runs until 1 am everyday but this is really making my clock crazy. Luckily, next week we can see some of lovely Cornwall and I will put up some lovely photos for you.
Here is the view from our pet sitting home, so lovely.
Oh and go USA!
Well, we have been lucky so far with our travels and except for a terrible cold and some allergies have not had any health issues. That was until Tuesday. David had hurt his big toe when he accidentally dropped a suitcase on it a week before. It had been healing until Sunday night when it started to bleed and to hurt. By Tuesday , we knew we would have to see a doctor. What do you do when you are in a foreign country?
Well, here in the UK they have the National Health Service (NHS, free coverage for all of their citizens and indeed anyone from the EU). After a little Googling, we followed what they ask you to do when you need help. David called the NHS hotline (111) and spoke to a nurse who advised him to go to the ER near where we are staying. (A little surprisingly, there are Walk-in Centres (kind of like US Urgent Care) only in more rural areas.) So we took the #2 bus, which conveniently stops 100 feet from our door, to the hospital and waited for about 1.5 hours to see a doctor. The doctor was very nice and after we all talked about it , we decided that the toe nail had to come off. Here is a photo of nursing assistant Lauren, who did all the hard work and helped the doctor take the nail off .
We got the toe bandaged up and went home on the bus with a round of antibiotics to take. We changed the dressing Saturday and the toe looked good. Today it looks normal and a regular bandage is enough. We were thankful for the NHS assistance and the good work done in the Cambridge Addenbrooke’s A&E.
By the way, we immediately confessed to being visitors from the US, and the word “insurance” was not heard, nor was there any request for payment. They even waived the co-pay for the medicine, which is normally £8.40. They did take our address, so perhaps the final outcome will be different. but right now we think this care was free. The NHS website seems to say this is the case for emergency care when you’re not admitted to the hospital.
Also by the way, there is a full complement of reality TV in the UK just like in the US. It includes police (highway and city), border control (from the UK, Canada, Ireland, US, and Australia), lifeboat rescue, and yes, medicine (both emergency and GP (general practice, you local family doctor).