Well, here we are at last...........thank you all so much for your patience while we have gone through this moving process, and for all the emails and good wishes
Needless to say, it didn't all go to plan. The day before the move, the removal company that we had booked announced that they were double booked and couldn't move us after all. Panic stations - at one stage I had my mobile (cell) to one ear, and the house phone to another, yelling down both of them simultaneously. In the end, we found another company, and they were great.
I had spent three weeks prior to the move scrubbing and cleaning every last inch of our old house - paintwork, windows, tiles, they all gleamed. So it was disappointing to say the least to come into the new house and find it less than pristine - what am I saying? Let's be honest here, it was filthy....so a few exhausted tears were shed, before I pulled on my big girl panties and broke out the bleach - again!
Small disappointments also helped the general feeling of doom. We had bought the light fittings with the house. I didn't even like 90% of them, but there were two really super fittings that I loved, just what I would choose myself, and the others could be replaced over time. Trouble is, the people selling the house also loved them, as they took them down and replaced them with some rubbish fittings that I wouldn't choose in a million years - I would rather see bare light bulbs than these monstrosities. A quick word with the solicitor told us that even though it was written in the contract as a general 'light fittings included' we had no come back on this unless we sued them. Lesson learned - if you want a particular item badly, make sure there is a specific reference to it in the contract.
Most of the boxes, apart from the great pile of craft stuff have been unpacked, including a couple of carefully tied black sacks, deposited by the removers in the utility room - they sat there for a week, until it got a bit pungent and when I investigated, they had carefully placed the sacks of rubbish from the old house that should have been put in the trash :)
Luckily the weather has been kind to us. Today the tree felling guys came and hacked and chainsawed their way around the garden which needed a good trim - this is the before photo.....
and looking back towards the house.....
and a little secret gem - at the bottom of the garden is a little gate, then some steps leading down to a little deck overlooking the Grand Union Canal
and the place is overrun with wild life. Mainly of the brightly coloured plastic variety, like this plastic heron perched on top of a tree - heaven knows how they got him up there, it's a big tree!
I have a friend in Oklahoma, who lots of you will remember from the old Cricut message board where everyone know her as Okieladybug. She has a passionate hatred of gnomes, so would have run screaming to the hills in this place as I have found about 20 - so far......I have a theory that they are getting up to no good in the shrubbery and reproducing overnight, as every time I go out, I find a few more!
or a plastic hedgehog?
You will notice that not a mention has been made in this post of 'En's Den', the long awaited and longed for craft room. That's because there have been huge problems with that plan. Huge, massive.....so more of that tomorrow!
It's so good to be back. See you then x