It's now less than a fortnight before Eleanor heads off to Nottingham to start her degree course and things around here are busy. This is just one corner of my conservatory which has been stacked with things she's going to need.
We've already bought the majority of the larger items, things like a duvet and pillows, pots and pans, and you can see one set of bedding which has been washed and ironed, it's so cute adorned in sunflowers and buzzy bees. You can't see the second set she chose which is underneath but is also very pretty, a red patchwork design. There's still lots of smaller items left to buy.
As well as shopping for essentials, there's lots of paperwork to complete. Registration for the local doctor's surgery, an application for a HC2 certificate to help with medical costs, university enrollment, an application for a student bank account, an application for a rail card, an application for an NUS Extra card and tickets for freshers events to be purchased among other things.
On top of this, Eleanor's been given some work to complete before her first day of induction, an essay illustrating the roles of biomedical scientists in the NHS. She thought she was going to have some rest and relaxation during the last days of summer but this has put a spanner in the works.
Mick and I are going out for a meal tonight with Eleanor and her boyfriend and his parents. We thought it would be nice to have a get together before they head off. He's studying in Sheffield, so they won't be all that far away from each other, and he leaves next Saturday, a week ahead of Eleanor.
It's all go around here at the moment, how different things will be in a fortnight when Mick and I are home alone for the first time in over twenty one years. I suppose that means we'll have to start talking to each other again.