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Friday, March 14, 2014

Recently I have...

Bought a new suitcase...

It looks bluish but it's actually mauve!

Taken Eduardo to the vet for a check up...
( The vet said that he is in good health but the scab on his nose that has been there for a month is, as I suspected, a form of skin cancer that light coloured cats can tend to develop. No sign of spreading or ulceration at the moment so 'we are just keeping an eye on it' for the time being)

Had a check up at the doctor myself and consequently have had an iron infusion to top up my depleted iron levels...

The little hospital where my haematologist works from
 Getting my iron...old way used to take 5-6 hours...now the newer method takes 15 minutes!


Went to the dentist to discuss the issues with that annoying tooth...which led to the difficult decision to have the tooth removed this afternoon....

Had some photos taken...
I wasn't allowed to smile...


Renewed my passport as it is due to expire in early May this year



Went to the pharmacy with a special '3 month supply' script from my GP...


And recently I have been working at using technology which is new to me. Earlier this year I had read about an accessory for an iPad called a 'card reader' in Janice's blog. It seemed to be the answer to my problem of how to upload photos from my camera to my iPad. I planned to buy one but my friend Helen gave me her card reader as it does not fit the port in her iPad 3. So I practised uploading/importing  photos taken with my camera using the card reader in my recent trip to Melbourne.

The card reader slips into the port where you recharge the iPad and then the SD card from the camera is inserted into the card reader...
 As if by magic...the photos appear on the iPad...
And then it was a simple matter to insert the images into a blog post written using the Blogger app...

I also have recently bought some new jeans and 3 long-sleeved tops...

DH has also organised with the credit union to get some foreign currency...


I have also gathered my potted plants together into one spot in the backyard and have a shelf in the laundry filled with cans of cat food.

So I have a new suitcase, have had health checks on myself and the cat. I have had passport photos taken and have renewed my passport and we have some British pounds, Euros and some HK dollars. Also I have got more than 1 month's supply of medications, I have bought some new warmer clothes, worked out, and then practised how I can use the iPad instead of a laptop of PC for blogging, Plants have been grouped to make watering them easier and I have a stockpile of cat food...

You've probably guessed...DH and I are off on another travel adventure. On Tuesday we are heading for London where we will stay for 4 nights before picking up a hire car and travelling around England, Scotland and Wales for approximately 4 weeks. On April 23 we head back to London and catch the EuroStar to Calais. From there we will travel to Amiens in time for ANZAC Day at Villers Bretonneux where we will join friends at the Aussie War memorial there. Then we will stay in Paris for a few nights before heading home via Hong Kong. 
DsD3 has always been our house sitter but with her in Canada, my neighbour Judy and DD1 will share the care of Eduardo and collection of the mail.  We will not be lugging our laptop this time...just the iPad...what a great gadget it's turned out to be!!

9 comments:

Maria said...

Sew you are all organised to go on your travels.. Love the new suitcase..Yes the card reader for your iPad is fabulous. Only thing I cant work out is how to make photos smaller for posting..
Look forward to following your adventures.Safe travels Hugz Other Maria

Cath said...

Sounds exciting Maria.....Bon Voyage!

Susan said...

Oh how lovely for you both, such an exciting trip too.
Your photo taking and organising has been made so much easier too Maria.
Beaut you've got that awful tooth business out of the way now as well.
Bon Voyage! :D)

Marilyn said...

I think you are well prepared, Maria. Not long now.

Dee said...

How do you go traveling overseas with prescriptions ? Do you need to take the original prescriptions or is it okay to just take the tablets in original boxes. ?

We are going away for 3 months soon but that will only be in Australia and I have decided whether to get them all filled first or get them done while in towns as we plan on a lot of remote camping.

Vireya said...

Have a fabulous time! I will look forward to your pictures of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Dorothy said...

Gee, how did I miss this post? What exciting news about your holiday. You certainly know how to keep a secret don't you ? I hope you have a wonderful time and I'll be looking forward to reading your blog. I have one of those card readers - they're great. Haven't tried mobile blogging as yet - must try sometime as it does sound easy. xox

Susan said...

Wow! Sounds great - we will miss you ate SSs, but I'm sure you will plenty of tales to tell when you get back.

Calandra Novak said...

It was the right decision to have the tooth that was bothering you removed, Maria. You don't want a toothache to spoil your trip right? Another thing is that if you have left it untreated, it may escalate to a more serious condition. Just make sure to regularly visit the dentist okay? Take care on your trips! :)

Calandra Novak