First Week ……

Well as of this morning we have been in our new home for one week, and I fully intend for this Monday to be a whole lot quieter than last Monday; which was totally manic.

So what’s happened in a week? Well we only have about 10 boxes left to unpack, this may seem alot, but believe you me, it’s not. Jude’s room is shaping up, just need curtain poles, curtains and video monitor. I plucked up the courage and have used my oven! The top lawn has been cut (god I’m going to get fit doing the gardening) and I’ve lopped off all TEN lailandi and dug out two! (Please note my advice: NEVER plant these dreadful vile trees, the are horrid).

We have had lots of visitors which had been lovely, and a little too much celebrating, must start eating more sensibly and exercising !

We have had some lovely lovely sunrises too, hope you will see why we love this house so much 🙂


Last sleep….

….in our house. We’re all packed and ready to go (apart from the TVs, they will be the last thing in the lorry and the first thing out.)

Nearly 15 years we’ve had this place and soon it will be someone else’s – someone else to make new memories, someone else to spill red wine on the carpets, maybe one day someone else’s kids to draw pictures on the newly painted walls.

It sort of feels like we’re going on holiday – but this time we won’t be coming home. Instead we’ll be spending the next few days, weeks and months creating a new home, making new memories, spilling red wine on the carpets but hopefully the boys are old enough to know that if they draw pictures on the wall they can expect the wrath to be reaked.

See you on the other side…


Signed, sealed and delivered next Monday.

Now the stress can really kick in.

5.15pm, the solicitor phones – they are ready to exchange contracts. We need to phone the removal people to confirm they can do next Monday. They can’t! Neither can the other local firm. The next 15 minutes both me and Rachel are phoning every removal firm we can find – Rachel using her iPhone, me using google. I discard all the ones that have dodgy websites, Rachel has no such filtering mechanisms.

Rachel wins, she has the first one with availability. I google them. They’ve got nice pictures on their website, they’ll do. They want to know how much we’ve already been quoted – I hastily make up a figure less than the one I think we got. I look up their quote and find I haven’t made up a lower figure after all, at least I didn’t make up a higher figure. 5 minutes on hold, it’s booked. We phone back the solicitor. Do it.


I go upstairs and start fixing the hole I made in the ceiling when I went into the loft at the weekend and put my foot through. Looks good. Not as good as new good but good. To my untrained eye anyway. If I wake up in the morning and the ceiling hasn’t fallen down I will put that down as a success.

And Jude has learnt how to put his hand into his mouth deliberately and regularly. Another little developmental milestone to tick off.

And the football (soccer) season starts on Saturday. This is a good week.

Nearly There ………….

Well we really are nearly there, signed contracts what seems like ages ago. Were due to Formally exchange on Friday just gone, however, awaiting up to date mining report! (Our 15 year old one won’t surface)!

We should (please God) {sorry Pete} exchange tomorrow or Tuesday, then move, hopefully 16th.