The long flight passed smoothly enough and the hire car at LHR provided a comfortable mode of transport to see my parents in Coventry and collect a year's mail, divert to Neath on our way home to collect the other van and return to autumnal Pembrokeshire where our friends and neighbours had left cards, ballooons and champagne by way of a welcome home.
The flat was in good order and with limited baggage we were soon unpacked and adjusting to the time difference. All was well and after a few days I headed off to Brecon for a week of visiting other friends and enjoying the Beast mountain bike charity event which was a blast.
Meanwhile Sarah caught up with her crowd enjoying a two day ride in Pembs and a four day walk on the new coast path north of Cardigan before I returned after a visit to family and friends in Shropshire.
En route I addressed (ha ha) the non redirection of our mail which conspired to make resolving a number of outstanding banking issues bizarrely complicated - the potential for reform across that sector of the UK economy is substantial.
For my final week we had the use of the main house next door and were able to welcome a number of friends and family, walk the coast path to admire this seasons seal pups and enjoy a spell of fine settled weather.
Sarah has another 5 weeks at home so our parting was sad but positive and finally I set off for Australia with little info. about the van's shipment from Auckland to Sydney, a rucksack full of service spares and new clothes and another list of friends to catch in the Bristol area. With a new boat examined, holiday pics viewed and jokes exchanged in the pub I finally slept on a sofa for a few hours before checking emails in the small hours to confirm that the van has at least set off.
Having returned the car and waited for check in I was informed that the planned Airbus was out of service and 40 of us were to be put on a later flight with hotel rooms for day use including lunch. As a substantial cash incentive was offered and my now to be unused room in Sydney refunded this was very acceptable leaving me the day to update the blog.
Hopefully the next post will be from the van near Sydney so until then a few pics live here briefly covering our short time in Pembs.