I’ve managed to get some essential shopping for my trip. I’ve got some industrial strength insect repellant which does contain deet and some really nice light cotton trousers. There is quite a lot of summer stuff in the shops already which I would under normal circumstances be grumbling about, but I’m quite thankful for now. My hat is suspiciously like the one that Bridget Johns wears in ‘The Edge of Reason’ when she is in the sea after eating the magic mushrooms! I’m not planning on doing that though may have a go at making a ‘sand angel’.

I’ll be away for the next couple of days at a conference at Slaley Hall in Northumberland. Shame I have to work really it looks lovely.