So, the day is pretty much here – I’m off to Ballymaloe tomorrow, although I have started my journey already.
Packing took me absolutely ages. Although students are instructed to bring the bare minimum, there is still a lot of kit to prepare to take. We’ve been told to bring plenty of warm and wet weather clothing as snow is forecast. I have brought several coats, plus wellies, DuBarry boots and so on to get me through. I have packed some home comforts for my room and plenty of Tea Pigs tea bags and Monmouth coffee. I’ve also stocked up on things like toiletries and stationery, as Ballymaloe is set in a very rural location, and even though I am taking my car, I am not sure I’ll get many opportunities to get out to the shops.
My knife set came back from the engravers in the nick of time yesterday, so I have my full set ready (about 11 pieces), plus piping bags, nozzles, melon baller, three sets of chefs whites and two pairs of kitchen shoes. I think that’s everything I need.
Now, I have to keep my fingers crossed and hope my ferry sails, as today’s crossings were cancelled due to the exceptional weather conditions we are currently experiencing.
I have been feeling really nervous about going to Ballymaloe, and sad about leaving certain people for three months. I had flashbacks of heading off to University again today as I left home with a car jam-packed with my belongings, with a duvet wedged on top. But, as one of my lovely blog readers pointed out to me today, I am doing something that many people dream of. I am so lucky to be heading to Ballymaloe, and I intend to make the most of every opportunity whilst I’m there.