Friday, October 19, 2012

What We Have Been Doing

In about 9 hours we head to the airport to catch the flight to Dubai.  We'll spend the night, then on to Zambia.  What a whirlwind these past 2 weeks have been.  I'm still pinching myself, hardly believing we are almost on our way to Africa.  I promise to upload photos of the adventure once we are oriented.  In the meantime here are some photos showing some of what we've been doing this past month.
Our brief "home away from home" in London.  Mary is relieved the packing and cleaning in the London house was over!

One of our many trips across the Blackfriar Bridge.  It is a historical iron bridge that has to be shut down and tested each spring.  The Thames River is low, low, low.  A testimony to how little rain this area has had, though our yard had just enough.  The rest are some of the vivid colors around London!

Tom's office in downtown London.  These other are views from his corner office.  Looking out toward Victoria Park is St. Peter's Cathedral.  The other church is St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral.  

Hmmm... so this is what the seat of power is like!

Tom, looking relaxed (and perhaps relieved) his 30 days notice was finally completed.

On the road in Canada:

Our view all the way to Indiana:

Getting closer to the border!  That is 7 kilometers, not miles, yippee!!

At the toll for the bridge:

Lake Huron, crossing the bridge:

Finally "home."  Too bad we had over 2000 more to go!

Stopped into Ohio to visit our friend Ron.  Completely forgot to pull the camera out.  We did have a grand time remembering our joint years in Tucson and San Manuel together.  
Here are Liz and John Paul, Mary and Tom.  We visited a cider press while in Bloomington, walked the apple orchard, bought some pumpkins and enjoyed hot cider.

John Paul captured one of the few picture of us:

Liz next to her "new to her" used Jetta.  

The journey continues:

Crossing the Wabash River.  Do you notice something missing on that there railroad bridge???

Sunset is close, still driving!

The Mississippi River, and the last of our sunlight.

Okay, we've been in Houston.  No pictures of unloading the van, cramming two households into one, all the trips to CAM for donations, people picking up "free cycle", the mountains of garbage picked up at the curb, laundry, laundry and more laundry, shopping, cooking, etc.  Tom's Dad visited, and we even failed to take a picture of that.  Honestly, I'll have to get better about keeping the camera out and ready.  Given how much movement was going on it was probably more prudent to keep it safe.  
The packers arrived on Wednesday to load the few household goods for airfreight to Zambia.  Oddly, we thought we were shipping a lot, but they managed to pack it away in a rather small container.  

Today is the final packing up, tearful goodbyes and the beginning of too many hours in the seat of an airplane seat!  More later.  Thank you for your prayers!

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