There was a bit of frantic last minute packing this morning. It didn't quite all fit in the suitcases so there was some extra for the charity bin. Our phones began pinging with text messages and emails from well wishers.
We stopped on the way to Brinklow to top up the petrol in the hire car one last time and arrived at the boat before 11am. How strange it felt to knock on our own front door!
Tore and Kirsten had found their way about the boat late last night. We went around the boat answering questions and showing them how things work again. We had a last lunch with them at a pub in Brinklow. The time passed quickly and before we knew it we needed to head off. We had a couple of errands and wanted to arrive at the airport before the end of the working day when the traffic increases.
We were among the first to check in our luggage, which involved a little juggling of the contents of our hand luggage as we had returned the bathroom scales to the boat yesterday and one bag was too heavy. Once we had left our luggage we stopped and re-arranged it all back how we had it!
Now we have a couple of hours to relax in an airport lounge until it's boarding time for our flight. It's so much nicer to be away from the noisy terminal while we wait. Thanks Lynne for the suggestion!
So Parisien Star is with her new owners. The next time we see Tore and Kirsten will be when the visit Australia. They have to now! We hope you enjoy your first few days aboard and the Summer cruise in a few weeks time.
We did take a couple of photos today but they're on my camera and this is an iPad blog entry. They will have to wait until we are home now.
Thanks so much to everyone who sent well wishing messages. I haven't had time to reply but appreciate every single one. I will post an update once we work out some Internet access at home.