We had our long range fuel tanks fitted to the Hi-lux this week, so that’s about the last of big pre-take off big expenses.

Paul went into work today and made a fitting to go over the external vents of the air conditioning. It’s an aluminium box which covers the vent and takes the hot air from the air return to the outside. He’s made it in such a way that the hot air is directed outside the annex, and the air that draws into the van is completely separated from the hot external air flow. Hard to explain, but needless to say, it works a treat and without it, having the annex up with the air con running just didn’t work.

Fuji has had a few troubled nights this week which started when a smoke haze blanketed the city a few nights ago. She meowed all night, and continued on for a few nights following. Last night she seemed a bit more settled and even came outside into the annex on her harness for about 1/2 and hour in the evening. That was a first. She looked to be content just to sit in a chair and take in the annex surroundings. Perhaps she understood when we threatened her with the wok at the local Chinese if she didn’t button it!

We’re putting up some additional security for her at the windows by way of net curtains attached on wires top and bottom. We have fly screens at the windows, but we don’t trust them to form a sufficient barrier against her accidentally finding herself with a ready exit. She doesn’t seem to seek an exit, but if one presents itself she’ll probably take it. The curtains will provide a double barrier, each insufficient on its own, but together they’ll provide enough I think. We’ve bought a Felaway infuser for her today. It’s supposed to help cats overcome stressful situations. At a cost of around $100 so I hope it works. Currently she seems to be loving all the windows to look out of, but she’s reverted to being a bit too nocturnal for our comfort. We think she’ll come around and adjust. Time will tell….

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