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The shopping was the easy bit....

I'm currently sitting on the Jubilee Line, squashed and hot, and that's with the majority of commuters heeding Boris Johnson's dulcet tones over the tannoy the last few weeks to stay off the trains.

Only a few more weeks to go, well 2 actually, then I'm eventually going to stop talking about it and actually get on my way.

My crossing is now booked and apart from buying a GB sticker for my car I'm pretty much ready. I do love a project and preparing for this trip has certainly kept me busy, because working on the Olympics has only been filling 14 hours a day, so what is a girl supposed to do with the rest of her time?

I was over at my Mums the other day for bit of a family gathering and was quite pleased when my brother came out to my Landy to talk through the logistics of packing the car, yes it might seem easy, open the door and put it all in, but when you've taken out the back seats, the wonderful large space is no longer safe for the dog. So a dog cage had to be purchased and bolted down in the car in such a position so the dog doesn't jump down into the traffic, the cage is nearer me than the back door and I still have a sensible and usable space to pack the larger items, some of which (the tent) need to be the last in, first out, thereby defying the food shopping rules of bag packing, heaviest at the bottom. Anyway, I digress, but it was good to get someone else's input.

I bought the aforementioned cage last week-end, but had a distinctly sulking dog all the way over to see the family with a "I can't be expected to be comfortable in this..." kind of look (any of you with dogs will know exactly what I mean). So tomorrow I'm back to the pet shop for the next size up. This may well result in the need for a top box, because more space for Lexi the Lab, means less for our kit but I can't have a sulky woman for 7 weeks.....

I say 'our' kit because although Lexi and I don't share much (I don't really enjoy dried food and she doesn't need a sleeping bag) the tent is obviously a shared bit of equipment, but so also is the kayak, yep, I really have taken this dog companion role one step beyond and bought a 2 seater Sevylor kayak! It's a tough white water rafting Colorado, that I needed to prevent claws going through the side and rigid enough base so she feels stable, well as stable as you can be in a kayak on a Norwegian fjord with a 6 stone Labrador !

Posted by Val G 00:48

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