This time tomorrow we'll be at our house on Fuerteventura where the temperatures will be AT LEAST 25 degrees warmer than here in Kent - probably closer to 30 degrees warmer.
We're flying at 'silly hour' tomorrow morning but that's great as it means we'll have done our major shop and be at our house by lunchtime ... relaxing and dozing by the pool by early afternoon!
This weekend is the culmination of a 10 day Carnival and the main procession with floats, dancers, bands etc will be on Saturday evening - always a fantastic spectacle and experience! It coincides with St Patricks Day celebrations on Sunday so this won't be a quiet weekend on the island methinks!
We travel with handluggage only which means we take advantage of low cost airlines (Ryanair) where handluggage is free (under 10kgs) but suitcases cost a fortune! We always upgrade to get good leg room. Downside is we're restricted as to what we can cram into our hand luggage. We have clothes out there so normally take food and paperback books ... and anything we're asked to bring out by friends.
This trip my bag contains some daffodils (in bud) from our garden as we can't buy them on Fuerteventura and we love the colour/scent. 3 large packs of Cheddar. One huge chunk of Stilton and 2 kgs of parsnips for a Veggie friend out there. A couple of mattress protectors (we've only ever seen the plastic covered ones on Fuerte ... for incontinent peeps) LOL
When we first bought the house there it was very difficult to buy certain essentials (Marmite) but in the last couple of years several new supermarkets have opened on the outskirts of Town and most things are available (but many at very inflated prices).
We aren't the sort of Brits who go abroad to eat English food, watch English Soaps and Football in Sports Bar (heaven forbid) but we do love Colmans Mustard and Marmite - both of which are very expensive to buy on the island.
Last year we took a jar of mustard in our bags and it got confiscated at Stansted airport (UK) as we'd used the wrong size clear plastic bag for liquids! Bl**dy jobsworths! So now we're very careful to use only clear plastic bags issued by the airport at £1 for 2 bags!!
Can you guess what this is?
Yes ... its a 'specimen bottle' I need to take some stem ginger in syrup out to Fuerte - not a lot - just enough for a dessert I've been asked to make for friends out there. We've never found it for sale on the island so needs must! Bearing in mind the restrictions on exporting liquids the only container I could find was this. But I promise its unused :-)
If asked, perhaps I'll just make up what body part I'm transporting ... no, never does to joke at airports does it?
Right ... better sign off here as need to do final jobs in the house. House-sitter arrives tomorrow so everything needs to be in order before she gets here.
Next post will be from warmer climes