21 October 2014
Oh my word! What a storm-tossed flight it has been! I am so relieved to have landed safely in the United Kingdom!
When I had said goodbye to my Virginia friends, Rosemary and Basil, last week (see: I’m on my way again), I had no idea that it would be such a turbulent flight across the Atlantic, on the wings of Hurricane Gonzalo.
Oh my golly-gosh!
It was just as well that Rosemary had thoughtfully tucked some anti-nausea tablets into my luggage, or I would’ve emerged from my padded envelope, looking pale grey-green rather than my customary and far-more-fetching sunshine-yellow.
As our flight came into Heathrow Airport on the outskirts of London, England, I could hear the Captain’s announcements via the loudspeakers, urging all the passengers to stay in their seats and fasten their seatbelts, because it would be a rather bumpy landing. All of my fellow passengers among the post office bags and parcels held on tight too…
Luckily, all went well. Once we were safely on the ground, we were transported to our various destinations: Mine was the home of Jacqui and Mike in Chesterfield.
The first words I heard were Jaqui exclaiming, “Oh! Mike! Look! This must be the envelope with Flat Kathy – she has arrived from America!”
“Who on earth is Flat Kathy?” I heard Mike asking. “And why is she coming here from America?”
“I’ll show you her blog…” said Jaqui.
“She has a blog?!” interrupted Mike, sounding incredulous.
“Yes,” replied Jaqui. “Flat Kathy is an aspiring world traveller. She has friends all over the world.”
“Ah!” said Mike, sounding duly impressed.
I peered anxiously out of the envelope, as soon as Jaqui had opened it along one of the edges.
“Hi, Flat Kathy!!” she greeted me, with a huge smile. “I am Jaqui, and this is Mike.”
“Hi,” I said, feeling suddenly a bit shy, as I solemnly shook their hands. “Thank you for allowing me to stay with you for a bit.”
“Absolutely no problem at all,” said Jaqui. “We’re just relieved you made it safely across from the US. What with all the terrible news about Hurricane Gonzalo, we weren’t sure that you’d make it. It has been storming and raining for days… Would you like something warm to eat? I’ve made chicken-a-la-king for supper.”
“Ooh!” I exclaimed, as my stomach rumbled in pleasurable anticipation. “That sounds delicious!”
We made our way into the kitchen and I sat down at the table with my new friends.
“How long will you be staying with us, Flat Kathy?” inquired Mike politely, as we enjoyed into our delicious supper.
“She’s going to be staying with us until my mom (Jo) comes over from Cape Town,” said Jaqui, giving me a warm smile. “And when Jo flies back home, she’s taking Flat Kathy with her to Cape Town, so that she can get back to Reggie and Richard.”
“They’re my Cape Town family,” I added. “I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with them.”
“We must phone Glynnis and Max, and let them know that you have arrived!” declared Jaqui. “And then we’ll get you tucked into bed so that you can get a good night’s sleep – despite the wind and the rain smashing against the windows. Here’s hoping the weather cheers up soon…”