I don’t like goodbyes, at least when I am saying goodbye to people I love, but…
This morning I had to put Freya in her cage, ready to send her off to Chingford. The cattery had to collect a cat from the Barbican and offered to pick up Freya as well at reduced cost. That saved me bus and train rides in both directions and was perhaps more comfortable for Freya.
Yes, we are off again tomorrow. We have the hotel booked (not Travelodge) and the train tickets bought. We have two lots of tickets, those for the return journey to where we shall be staying and rail rover tickets to explore the region all around.
I will not be updating my blog until we return in just over a week from now. Then I will start writing up our trip as I usually do.
So where are we going? I usually give a clue to the identity of the place but it is quite difficult in this case as I don’t know of any particular thing that it is famous for that wouldn’t give the game away immediately.
I think the best (and not a very good best) that I can do is to say that it has two names, one that recalls a white bird and the ocean and the other than starts with a word meaning “mouth” (as in the mouth of a river).
In the next few minutes I will be off to meet Tigger to celebrate Omelette Day and then I must start packing. I don’t enjoy packing. Well, it’s not so much the packing as trying to remember what I have forgotten to pack, if you catch my drift. I ought to make a list but can never be bothered.
I don’t like goodbyes, but goodbyes at least bring the possibility of happy reunions and that is something to look forward to.
Update May 11th 2010
Did you follow the clues and discover our destination?
The place has two names, in fact one English and one Welsh. The English name can be found from “white bird” (swan) plus “ocean” (sea): Swansea.
The Welsh name begins with the word for “mouth” – aber – as do many Welsh towns. In this case it was Abertawe because Swansea is sited at the mouth of the river Tawe.