I am just about to set my email out of office and leave - hooray!!
I took the white tux and Loraine's black and white ballgown to the dry cleaners today. There I was greeted by a sign that said the express service was suspended due to the machinery being serviced - just my luck! I spoke to the really helpful bloke behind the counter and he said we'll be ok as long as the clothing isn't white (this isn't going well already!). Oh dear! I explained that the jacket was white and he said "well, a jacket shouldn't be too much of a problem long dresses and ballgowns are the problem really" (d'you ever have that sinking feeling?). I took a deep breath and said "well actually.... this is a ballgown" and then held my breath as I waited for the inevitable. He looked at it, shook his head a bit (very dramatic dry cleaner) and then announced that it was more black than white, so he'd get it done for Friday 11am. (In fact he said he'll work late Thursday if need be to get it done - what a star!) Struth - that was close!! So, we'll pick up the cleaning on the way through on Friday. We did try the one dry cleaner in Rye, but Rye closes at 5 so we concluded that there was at least one advantage to living in London, but it was outweighed by Camber generally! We'll just have to get more organised.
I have a day at home tomorrow when I shall try and rid the car of the awful smell (milk got spilt in the boot and although I thought I cleaned it up well it still stinks - nice!) and maybe give it a wash. Then it's pack the cases and all systems go go go!! We'll pick up the oldies from Bexhill on Friday and link up with my sis (Mandy) at their house, rearrange luggage and so on, strap the oldies in and off to the Hilton, Southampton for a peaceful night. Saturday we'll probably wander round Southamptons shopping mecca and the back to the hotel for lunch and transfer to the dock. Tune in on Sunday for the next bit - assuming that I can afford to use the pc's on board!