A brief visit but it went well. Wink made me a cup of tea when I arrived and started making gin and tonic noises at quarter to five, which I resolutely disregarded, saying that we didn’t deserve such a thing until we’d done the packing up. Honestly, you wouldn’t think that I’m the irresponsible one in the family.
An hour and a half later, we’d filled my seven boxes and put them and her two, plus various other bits and pieces, in my car and we had earned our drink and a relaxing evening.
Tomorrow morning, I have my first haircut booked for five months. Normally, I have it cut every five weeks. I must remember to ask Tim to take a photo of it in the morning before I go. He’s going to drop me off – my car being full of heavy boxes, I’m going to ask Wince the gardener to help me carry them indoors so, while I could drive into town with a laden car, there doesn’t seem much point.
Packing up to leave yesterday, I reflected on how much more relaxed I’ve become about myself. I took a toothbrush and toothpaste, face cream, a hairbrush, deodorant, a nightdress and a pair of knickers. No makeup, no other toiletries. I wore glasses and didn’t take contact lenses. It’s not as if I used to have a ‘beauty routine’ or any such thing, but I’d at least have taken some mascara and so on, and cleanser to remove it. Now, I shrug. It doesn’t matter. I’m glad I’ve never coloured my hair, it is in lovely condition and I like it being long enough to feel on my face and neck.
I did take two portable battery packs for my phone, though. There are some things that are essential. I also took three books, just so I’d have a choice.