Wow. It's true. We've spent alot of time boiling the kettle for Yorkshire tea and watching Deal or No Deal here in Harwell in the last 8 wks. But being back in England has been FAB. Even for a boyfriend with a duff arm.

It's not what I'd planned for meeting Joe's Mum + Dad for the first time, but when they picked us up from Heathrow 6 days after he'd been attacked by a shark, all I could think to say was 'lovely to meet you, he's your responsibilty now.' 

Since then, we've had nothing short of cracking times with them at the hotel de Rock Cottage. I can highly recommend 'The Repatriation Package' which comes with Sky, Wireless and Unlimited Wine + Baileys. The hosts are fantastic but seem to claim they have no bookings available for Christmas within our budget.

We've spent some boring days at the physio wards of the NHS in Sheffield - but we've also packed in a Sheffield United Game (before they got relegated), a week at Joe's parents place in Bergerac, France (AMAZING), a 'Meet the Fockers' moment when my parents arrived in the UK and a drive down to Oxford for my cousin Nadine & Dom's wedding at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons - no less! We drove that Kia picanto (Bob 4) like its never been driven before - we even caught up friends in Stratford, Newbury and London... Vodafone head office (WTF?) oh yes, its rough being unemployed.

Perhaps best of all, we were here in time to meet Joe's newborn niece, the latest addition to the Patrick clan, Fleur. Joe is besotted. AND we got to spend mondo play time with Ben & sMax, Joe's nephews: going for adventure walks in the forest, making lego fire stations and generally getting them giddy as hell before handing them back to their parents. We had BBQs galore and hot tub time at the Patrick's place (Joe looked so slick with a waitrose bag wrapped on his arm). I also squeezed in a couple of weeks work for Joe's brother in law at his renewable energy company, Freewatt. I am now an eco-warrior! (Ahem, except for a large diesel vehicle)

So....tomorrow we fly back to the mayhem of life on the road. I'm nervous about the whole thing and so excited at the same time. I can't wait to see the car. I hope all our stuff is still in it....

We touch down in singapore on Thursday night and are going to make a beeline to get all the paperworked stamped and signed first thing friday - I hope we don't have the same nightmares that we had in Oz!

The only other things that we really want to do in Singapore are the Night Safari (anyone done it?) and apply for our visas for KAZAKHSTAN (yaji-mush!)

I'll keep you posted on how it all pans out... oh I really hope BOB's not angry at us!