Hope all is well mate.
Nah, no homesickness yet, but I will try out the Tugboat when I land.
Just started packing up the house yesterday.
I was posting to see who was from Uk/Ireland who backpacks so I could pick their brains to find out how they found the transition from backpacking on open mountain all the time (trees dont grow over about 200 to 300m) to hiking a lot in the forest.
Hope to see you soon,