There I was, just arrived at work, putting in a call to the mothership to see how she was, 20 minutes later I was back out of the door dashing home to get some stuff and making a dash to soothe the fevered brow.
I got home, threw a random selection of clothes into a bag (oh, this outfit, yes, the mismatched look is all the rage doncha know.). I'll be like a harlequin set of cups - nothing matching ON PURPOSE), made a cuppa for the thermal mug and set off on the 4+ hour drive to Southampton. It wasn't too bad a drive, except for the stupidity of missing the turning and having to double back twice over - the exit is only on one side of the A14 so I had to go back up past it, and get back onto my original side of the road to pick it back up again - all most irritating as it cost me about 20 minutes and consequently I missed the boat by about 7 minutes and had to wait 90 minutes for the next one. Curses!
Mothership was wheezing nicely when I arrived, just about managed to totter to the door to let me in...ackshewly she was in a pretty bad way. We turned the heating up and I made a steady parade of little snacks on trays up and down the stairs.
2 days later and the wonders of modern anti-biotics and a bit of TLC has worked a great change and she is definitely on the mend.
However, what's in store for the next few days is a mystery too great to fathom as yet. Too great even for Mystic Mog. We have had snow overnight and there is no telling whether we will be able to a) get off the island and if we do, b) drive anywhere. But if we can get the car out and IF she's well enough to be transported in the car then I should be able get her to Christmas with the family. If she isn't, there will be a LOT of phoning and organising and there may be the hunt for the last turkey. Or alternatively a Chicken Kev with a bit of holly at a jaunty angle. Mothership tells me she has a goose breast and fortunately qualifies this by saying it is in the freezer.
All will be well I am sure, it'll just need a bit of planning, and if there's one thing I like it's lists and planning...