Dickie Attenborough, Steve McQueen, James Garner – where are you when I need you? I need help in digging our escape tunnel from Shakespear! The uniforms are being stitched together, the forged passes are being printed and the clever devices are sewn into the trousers ready to surreptitiously dispose of the diggings onto the parade ground whilst the Germans stand guard ………. well, perhaps that’s going a little too far but it does feel a little like we need to tunnel out of here, you will see why shortly.
It was our 35th wedding anniversary last Monday, and we celebrated in our usual manner in that we exchanged our perpetual cards – these are the same card we give each other, each year, once given they go back in the drawer ready for next year!
Tuesday morning and Roy had an appointment with an ophthalmic surgeon to have a small hole lasered into each eye. After the initial consultation, he was 5 minutes in the chair and it was all done with little fuss and with no after effects or problems.
Wednesday was pack up time for us to leave the SCC (Self Contained) parking area at Shakespear as the van was going in to have the brakes sorted…. We hope. We stayed with Leslie (Steve was away) for the night before heading back to pick up the van on Thursday afternoon. But oh dear, the brakes are not fixed properly as we need to replace the calipers and of course there are no available parts here in NZ so these need to be sourced from the USA which of course means we wont be leaving here anytime soon whilst we wait for their arrival and then of course the fitting of them. But brakes are pretty important so best we get them sorted once and for all. Heavy sigh, I was never very good at being patient but never mind, there could be worse places to be stuck.
So here we are back in the main campground at Shakespear where we will be for at least the next two weeks whilst we wait for the parts to arrive. We are told that it’s no problem for us to stay on and as we are continuing with our camp host duties as it’s a huge help to the staff here.
On top of the brake issues, Roy has more appointments to keep with various specialists, we seem to visit one specialist after another which then necessitates another appointment for scans or MRI’s or tests for further investigations and then further appointments. At least we are getting everything sorted relatively quickly but it does seem as though the goal posts are forever shifting or should I say, the escape tunnel seems to be getting longer and longer!