Saturday… A new year and a new house!

Happy New Year to all my reader(s!)

It has been over a month since I last posted, and a very busy month it has been too!

I left the last post frantically sorting out stuff and packing boxes, while trying to arrange the completion and move into my new home. At one point I was told through my solicitor that the seller was quite happy to wait until the new year. That position soon changed!

Matters were not helped by BT doing something to my ‘phone line six days before the move which removed my internet access, so all I had was e-mail through my mobile ‘phone. I also had problems booking the removal firm, but they came on Monday afternoon and took the bulk of my things, and completed the move out on Tuesday morning. I finally left the house at 2pm, absolutely exhausted, and I was very grateful to many friends who helped with the move out, and particularly to Mark who took me back to his home and fed me while I recovered.

My moving in date was set for the 21st, so I was grateful to David and Frances who put up with me for a week! It was a good week, time to catch up on sleep, do a bit of shopping and gather my strength for the move in.

My parents came down to help me move in. Unloading the removal lorry (and trailer!) took about 3 hours, and just as they left, leaving a mound of boxes, a delivery van with some domestic apliances (cooker, washing machine, dishwasher) turned up, so we had to find space through for them to be dropped off in the kitchen. Fortunately all the plumbing and electrical connections were in place, so it didn’t take long to get them working, after doing the essentials like putting beds back together!. I think we got to bed at 2am that morning!

I spent a couple more days sorting things out before going to my sister’s home for Christmas; a lovely time thank you!

I came back to continue sorting stuff out ready for visitors, and after exploring the attic, some of my things have gone up there – with more help lifting and shifting! Although there is still a garage full of stuff to be sorted, the house is liveable in, and feels very homely. The week gap proved expensive as it essentially meant two moves, from old house to store, and then from store to new house, (with storage costs) but that couldn’t really be helped under the circumstances.

There were some frustrations! The seller hadn’t told BT that they were moving, so the earliest they would provide a line was 28th December, which also meant that there would be no internet until then. This was intensley frustrating as I had a working line when I moved in, but then lost all service (except for a dial tone!!) until eventually a lovely lady at BT pulled out all the stops and managed to get the service working on the 23rd. I didn’t get broadband until the 28th though.

New year was quiet, and spent with a friend (who helped with lots of the sorting out!) and I am now settling in, meeting neighbours, getting the house straight, and looking to finish my dissertation!

So in the finest traditions of the blog… Onwards and Upwards! 🙂

4 Responses to “Saturday… A new year and a new house!”

  1. Richard on 09 Jan 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Welcome back

    Best wishes for the New Year and that 2012 will be another year of climbing other challenging mountain ranges

  2. Sonya on 13 Jan 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Peter, a new year indeed, you are sounding very positive and sounds like this is going to be your year! Changes are bittersweet, especially when it involves our relationships, but I believe that they happen for a reason and there is no looking or turning back! Can’t wait to hear about your Istanbul trip. I always think a spot of travelling works wonders for discovering new horizons and the soul, so get that travel book out and start discovering the new wonders in this world.

    All the best, and looking forward to reading about your new year and your new you.

    Sonya xxxx

  3. Peter on 13 Jan 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Thank you Sonya! Yes, new horizons and a time to look forwards, not back! Xx

  4. Gill on 18 Jan 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Been thinking of you – glad the move went (fairly) smoothly. I know how hard it can bee even if nothing goes amis, Lis moved three streets away into a bungalow just before Xmas, leaving her, my parents and the dog exhausted!!! Let me know your new address – possibly catch up sometime. Probably after my next surgery – other knee, hopefully in March.
    Gill xxxxxx

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