Busy, busy busy. This was our last month in Nottingham before our little adventure began. We were frantically packing up our home and transporting all our possessions to secure storage. I was having nightmares about what could go wrong with the house sale (being in the business for 21 years I knew a lot could!). We were visiting friends and relatives saying our bon voyages and promising to keep in touch. During April, Kerry and I had a great boozy weekend in Leeds to celebrate Vanessa’s (Kerry’s sister) birthday. We also squeezed in a relaxing weekend in one of my favourite places in the whole world (still is), the stunning Lake District, saying our farewells to Trish and Bill (Kerry’s mum and partner) and a second goodbye to Vanessa who turned up too. It was a sad month saying our goodbyes but an exciting one with what adventures lay ahead…..

By Stefan Palmer