Success! I am packed for the trip, with no bloodshed, and the backpack only (only!) weighs 12kg. I would take a photo — but I have packed the camera.
In fact, I have packed almost everything I would normally be using, and so I have little to nothing to do. I am wandering around the house, disconsolate and lost, plaintively asking the cats what's on the TV and unable to settle at anything. My pickup call in the morning is at
stupid 4 o'clock, after which I shall shortly be out of mobile phone and internet range.
To keep you all amused while I'm away, Tess has produced her own interpretation of my cover art: