~ The Departed ~

The training was done, and I had passed my self administered test. My bags were packed and I was fully paid up. I had my time booked off work (three months) and my bills paid in advance to cover the time I would be away. It's amazing how many small expenses and complexities we accumulate in the course of everyday living. They only become apparent when you try to sever your ties with the 'real world' for a few months. In any case. everything was now in order.

The departure date was set as the second of April, and I was determined to have a family send off before I went, which in the short time scales available meant having it the Saturday before I went. For various diet related reasons, we decided to have a pick-nick.