Monday, October 17, 2005

So much has happened

Okay so I have to admit I am hopeless at keeping this up to date, and it's pointless saying I will from now on cause I know what will So now for the news....

We have moved! Yes since I last posted and said we were house hunting we have found somewhere and have been there since Saturday the 8th October..... There were a few hair raising moments but I refer to the following extracts to bring you up to spead...

Extract from 6/10/2005
The move is turning into a little nightmare!! When I called last night to confirm moving in on the 7th they said our references hadn't come through and we couldn't The people I needed to speak to had gone home so I had to call back this morning. When I called the lady said because I hadn't asked to move in on the 7th she hadn't chased the reference company. I said I had sent two letters confirming the 7th as our moving in date, then we were cut off (I was on the underground at the time)

When I got to work I called her back and she said everything was sorted and the references had all come through (admition to guilt ?) and we were cleared to move in but the inventory man could only make it on Saturday, the 8th.

So I have changed the movers to Sat morning, and I now need to co-ordinate paying the deposit, meeting the inventory man and being at home to meet the mover all in the space of an hour, 40 miles apart! I really need a drink now, lol.

I have to say that although I have only moved once before this and that was when we went back to SA, this has been far more difficult and stressful. No idea why!

Extract from 10/10/2005
Well we are in our house and oh it is just so lovely!!

Friday at about 12ish the man from Telewest came and took the box, Stuarts brother arrived a little while later and loaded up his van with boxes, the cats scratching stand and my scrapping stuff. By this time we had already loaded up Stus van with about 27 boxes so we were ready to go.

First stop the bank, where I had some paperwork to sign and we had to draw cash for the deposit. Then we drove up to the agents, paid the depoist signed the lease and went to Stuarts brother to unload the boxes into his garage.

Then it was back to the house to carry on packing and sorting. We both fell into bed exhausted at about 10pm. Up bright and early Saturday morning and packed up the land rover which I was driving up to the new house to meet the inventory man on my own. Now I must just pause here to say it's been a long time since I drove and driving through London is scary enough as a passenger never mind being behind the wheel of the car.

I also had to take the cats up and the vet had run out of cat boxes so I had to borrow one from my neighbour. Once we were packed up I headed out and to my surprise it was really easy, very little traffic and I didn't have to drive around round abouts three times before I remembered which turn off was mine

We got there an hour early (well we didn't know what the traffic was going to be like) and Flo, bless her, chatted to me the whole way up. Josh on the other hand slept all the way! I gave them a bit of food and we waited. Once the guy arrived the inventory check didn't take too long and we were ready to explore the new house. It took a while to get the cats out their boxes but once they were out the examined every inch of the place.

Poor things had to be locked in a room while we were unloading but they seem quiet happy and comfortable in the new house. I'm not sure how brave I will be about letting them out, but I think by the end of this week Stu will be begging me to throw them out as they tend to be awful noisy running around the house at 2 in the morning!

Stu got to the house a little before the removal van so we unloaded the boxes he brought up while waiting. Once all was unloaded we paid the man and headed back to the old house to get the last of it and hoover and tidy up, and say goodbye!

Dinner was a lovely meal at the pub which is a 3 minute walk from the house! The box with the fittings for the bad landed up at Stus brother so we had to sleep on the matress on the floor but hey at least we were in the new house!

Yesterday was spent picking up the last of the boxes from Stus brother, plumbing in the washing machine, making up the bed, doing washing and sorting the kitchen. It's the only room completely unpacked and tidy but as I see it, it's the most important. I think it will take a while to get all unpacked but i'm not stressing about it, I just want to enjoy my new surroundings!

This mornings train journey to work was a bit longer than expected but again living in the country will be well worth the little extra travel time!

Extract from this morning
I have had such a lovely weekend doing things and shopping for the house. Saturday we went out and bought a new bed for the spare room, it comes with free bed linen and a free matress, although we upgraded the mattress and will be putting it on our bed and using our mattress on the new bed. It was a very adult thing to do and a bit scary, which Stuart found hilarious. We have never made such a big purchase together although the contents of our house are worth more together they have all been bought seperatly IYKWIM!!

Then we went off looking for a chest of drawers for our room, we have plenty of hanging space but no folded clothes space. We had no luck finding what we want.

Then yesterday we went out again to look some more and found a nice unit that has one draw at the bottom and hanging space at the top, Stu suggested taking it and putting in shelves until we can afford to have something built for us. There is a guy around the corner that makes furniture so we'll go and see him in the new year.

I let the cats out on Saturday and Josh just loved it! He was out catching little things before I could even get the washing on the line. Problem was he brought it inside and let it go, I think it was a shrew, so I had to catch and release the poor thing. He came home at about 3 on Sunday morning and I was having a quiet little flap worrying about him! Flo is not too keen to go out but this morning she did manage to venture out for a bit.

It is just so lovely being out there and I managed to get some pics of a bunny rabbit but it's on my film camera so we'll need to wait and see how they came out.

Well as you can see it was eventfull but it is just so great being out in the country and even the slightly longer commute doesn't worry me one bit!


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Cath said...

YAY, you updated!

Seems like you're well and truly settled into your new home now. Dont forget to post pics when you have time :D Good luck with everything