Next up was a trip to York, to see some family, for my cousins 30th birthday. My dad picked me up on his way up from London as I no longer have a car. Was great seeing everyone including all the kiddos. Then the following weekend was a trip to Tattershall Lakes for another cousins birthday over the bank holiday weekend. Loved that there was a hot tub, although they gross me out normally but I was the only person in the fresh clean thing, winning! My niece joined the group the following evening and we did a bit of bat watching over the lake and heard lots on the bat detector.

When back in Nottingham, I start the packing of the bags, thankfully this time it is not too bad as I have been semi living out of suitcases since I got back in April. I had no idea how long I would be back for but finally I had a ticket back to Malawi as they have now open the borders up again. So beginning of October I am off. Just a few weeks away. I hate packing and have to do it in phases as I am so bad at over packing. Got some extra cool bits to take with me this time, including badminton rackets and a net! Looking forward to playing volleyball again too.

Downside now is that with only a few weeks to go, I am isolating from people, as I don’t wanna catch coronavirus and not be able to leave. Especially now schools have gone back, it is all too risky! The cases are going to spike again… It has been great seeing people over the last few months but I am ready to be back in Malawi and back in my huts in the sun!

I miss the sun but I also miss the sea, not that there is any sea in Malawi, but at least there is a lake. I really wish I could of made it to Greece and one day I hope to be living there. I’m not sure why I keep ending up in these land locked places… I am a sea girl, a beach girl. I miss getting to spend summers in Greece for months not knowing what a cold rainy British summer was!