There now follows a short intermission, as they used to say in the old days of the cinema.
On Friday, terribly early in the morning, we are supposed to be departing by Eurostar to what some people consider the European mainland and other people, foreign parts. All being well, we shall return again and I will recount our adventures and show you the photos.
I am writing this now as I am not sure that I will have time to post tomorrow. We have had a difficult few days and tomorrow promises to continue in the same way.
It turned out that I was over-optimistic in thinking that Freya had been restored to full health. After an initial boost to her appetite, she stopped eating again and was very quiet and unresponsive, not at all her usual alert and affectionate self. Since then, her appetite has picked up a little and she is more herself, though still rather quiet and not eating normally.
I felt that I had to call the cattery and tell them this and ask what they thought about it. It would have been wrong just to foist a sick animal on them, quite apart from the unfairness of that for Freya herself. We involved the vet in the discussion and the matter rests as follows. Tomorrow at 9:30am I take Freya to the vet for him to assess her state of health; if he thinks she is in good health, I will then make the journey to Chingford and deposit Freya at the cattery as usual; if, on the other hand, the vet thinks there is cause for concern, I will leave her with him for boarding and observation.
Either way, I shall feel anxious until we return to London and find out how Freya is getting on.
Another problem appeared this evening and concerns our tickets. We have bought a travel and hotel package from a company online. Tickets are not supplied: you have to get these from the ticket machine by entering the booking reference. Because we are leaving early on Friday morning, I thought to go onto the Eurostar Web site and print the tickets from there. I tried several times but each attempt failed with the error message “No booking has been found”. I assume that if the reference doesn’t work on Eurostar’s Web site it won’t work in their ticket machines, either. We will need to sort this out tomorrow.
This is not the happiest start to a trip and we can only hope that things get better. I shall let you know.
Usually, rather than telling you where we are going, I give you a clue. I don’t yet know much about our destination so my clues are probably a little weak and easy to solve. It’s a city in Flanders, the Flemish region of Belgium; it is a World Heritage City, and has been called “the Venice of the North”.