Last weekend, when everyone else in Holland was enjoying a balmy spring bank holiday, we loaded up our car with the things we’d need in the next 6 months, the things that won’t fit into a suitcase when we fly to the UK in June and take up residence in our temporary home. Instead of enjoying the sunshine we drove to Rotterdam, sweating inside a full car, and took the overnight ferry.
When you have limited removal space it’s amazing how much you find you really can live without.
So now I know what I can’t live without for too long – those things I took to England and I’m doing without until the end of the month:
- black and white developing kit
- scanner that takes medium format negatives
- writers and artists yearbook
- basic photography book
- the oxford style guide
- walking and climbing clothes
- 35mm camera lenses and flash
- summer clothes and shoes
- winter coat
- my favourite pens, including the and the fountain pen I got as a school prize when I was eight.
And there are other things that I absolutely can’t do without. Not for a minute. They are going with me on the plane:
- light meter
- cable release
- heart rate monitor
- running gear
- journal (I never get time to write it at the moment, but I will)
- A-Z of Manchester (It’s been useful for house hunting on the internet this week)
- walking boots (but only because there was no room for them in the car)
- English mobile phone (strange to think that when I left the UK I still thought they were bourgeois and unnecessary)
There will be other things in the suitcase. I’m sure it will be full to bursting. But apart from the boots, these things will fit into my hand luggage and I’ll have them with me at all times.
I’m not entirely sure what it says about me. At the end of the day it’s just stuff, things that can be replaced if necessary. But some of the things, some of the decisions I made surprised me. I’m still not sure what the orchids were about.
What things couldn’t you live without?