Cats are generally inscrutable, but I have a suspicion that Beppo is thinking that he and Shel’s guitar are going on a cruise together through the Panama Canal, nestled cosily against the blue plush lining that’s held up so well for the past40 years. Or maybe he thinks that if he stays in Shel’s guitar case he’ll get the place to himself and travel far and wide sans guitar. But alas for Beppo, and Zazou, it’s the guitar that’s going to be doing the cruising, whilst they cool their furry little heels at home.
Of course we wouldn’t let the guitar go on such a long journey all by itself, so we’re going with it. We’ve never been on a cruise, we’ve both always dreamed of seeing the Panama Canal, and we’re taking the plunge. In less than two weeks we’ll be sailing southwards, visiting tiny bits of Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and then spending a long sweet day locking through the mighty canal.
I plan to bring you all with me. Not in the guitar case, of course, because Beppo has first dibs, but through the magic of satellite communications. Out there above the star-sparkled skies of the tropics are the satellites that will keep us in touch, as we discover what it’s like when dreams really do come true. I hope you’ll be along for the ride.