My four north London containers now reside in leafy Surrey. The rain held off until the removals men were lifting the plants off the van.
Some rooms look bigger, others smaller than I'd remembered. Only one is painted an eye-watering blue. Discovered a few minor breakages as I began unpacking, nothing to cry over. Juggling unpacking with daily life in Staines for now. It'll take a while.. No internet yet - but the landline is up and running.. The previous owners were a bit Heath Robinson with some of their home improvements.. we have time to figure it all out..
One neighbour has already delivered a "Welcome" card, via her very lovely 6yr old son.
The sun came out briefly and reassuringly late afternoon, lending shade to the patio and plenty of sun across the lawn. Must get one of those soil testing kits.
Completing on purchase today & collecting keys, sometime after noon. Cleaning kit at the ready, if I can get in [visions of estate agent fighting with the lock the first time we viewed it]. My removals men and heavy rain now forecast for tomorrow.
.. picking up a second-hand interim fridge today, which can linger in M's boot until I pick up the new house keys on Tues. We know the sellers are taking everything with a plug on it - washing machine, dishwasher etc, but I can't help speculating .. will they take the curtains, lightbulbs, switches, every last loo roll? It's been known..
Still dealing with leftover bills from the old house. Setting up services for the new..
It's been a warm, welcome, wonderful weekend, with plenty of rest, and only one night's sleep lost to deranged panic. Tomorrow & the week ahead - plenty to sort out for the new house.
Riverside picnic on the lawn between the house and the river in Staines today. Sufficient time in hand for Catherine to make daisy chains, and us all to take turns in the hammock. Others have conscientiously gardened. I made appreciative noises, and read instead. Thoroughly relished slowing down after last week's madness.
Tiger has slept all day, only waking to move between beds.