Goodbye Worcester

I have now packed up the barn and all my belongings are in storage. It was rather a long and emotional day helped only by the large glass of wine that was waiting for me when I arrived at my parent’s in Chester. I will be spending my last week making final arrangements and ‘cramming’ as much friends and family time in as possible.

I have been steadily working my way down the obligatory TO DO LIST only to be messaged by other volunteers asking what I have done about this and that – well obviously I have done nothing because I had completed forgotten about ‘this or that’! Panic followed by endless phone calls etc.

I had been un-prepared for the emotional tsunami that arrived last night. Quietly sitting in a restaurant with one of my sons the thought of leaving my ‘boys’ suddenly became unbearable. 10 minutes hiding underneath a napkin and I managed to bring myself round. On that basis I am now issuing flood warnings for the heathrow area on Saturday when I have to say goodbye to 3 of them at the airport!

The view from the barn

The view from the barn

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Packing and Preparation

Well, after twenty years the time has finally come. The boys have grown up and all left home so now it is my time.

I have wanted to volunteer overseas, specifically Africa for so many years, the boys had started to question whether I would ever really do it. When I initially registered my interest with VSO I don’t think I actually believed they would be interested in me, to be honest there is still a surreal quality about the whole situation.

I have spent every waking hour for the last few months reading and re-reading VSO documentation, attending courses and form-filling and at last everything bar my last rabies injection has been done. Now all I have to do is pack. Anyone who tells you that packing is a quick and easy job obviously has not done it much!! Every time I open another draw there are some photos to look at or little mementoes of special events that mean I get lost in my thoughts for yet another precious half and hour!

I am obviously going to miss everyone but feel so excited – this really does feel like a new beginning!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and good wishes.