And as the week rolls by, it gets closer and closer to Friday. We are over the ‘hump’ of the week – Wednesday – and the weekend is on the horizon. Friday of this week is going to be a little different, for most people in this country I am guessing. It’s the second Bank Holiday weekend in May! I think the history of this one is something to do with religion and anyone who knows me, knows that religion and I are not joined at the hip (rearrange this commonly known phrase: century understatement the of). So, Wikipedia here I come: “Whitsun (also Whitsunday, Whit Sunday or Whit) is the name used in the United Kingdom and Ireland for the Christian festival of Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples (Acts of the Apostles chapter 2).” Oh joy. Another date which changes every year. Why can’t we just keep it simple, like Christmas Day? It’s the 25th of December every year. Much easier to follow.
Anyway, for me this Friday is far from normal. In two days time, I won’t be here. Don’t worry…. I will be on the planet, but just not HERE. I will be in Canada. I have a few days of R&R (and being a tourist) before hitting the high notes (not singing, you’ll be happy to hear) ‘keynoting’ at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference at Georgian College in Barrie. Very excited to see so many geneamates in one place and even managing to catch up with some University of Ottawa friends during my stay too!
So, with about 36 hours until departure, am I ready? Well actually, yes! My travels last year took me to Canada twice and Australia and on each occasion, I managed to arrive at Heathrow kind of wondering how I’d made it there. This time, it’s different. I am not entirely sure how or why, but it is. Is my case packed? No, but all the dominoes are in order for the next 36 hours and I’ll be ready to rock and roll. Bring it on! What’s that phrase about proper prior planning and the resulting performance….. [I’ll leave you to ponder that one!]