Well I'm all packed up and ready to head over and join Janet at last. There was a bit of a panic yesterday because the parcel tracking system broke and Australian Air Express knew where my passport was but had no idea where it should be going or who it was for. Fortunately, the low tech method worked and just after lunch the passport arrived safely, complete with a shiny (literally) UK visa.
Amazingly even though I'm taking back a bag that would count as carry-on, everything fitted in, including the iPod speakers Katharine and Steve gave us for Christmas and the tripod. Bit of a tight squeeze and there's clothes shoved into the top pockets as well but it'll get me there.