A heartfelt Thank you to everyone for their warm wishes and comments on the previous two blog posts. Each comment has been read, digested and truly appreciated.
Well the move from Scotland to Wales has been with relative ease. The only drawback is that we are still tied to the flat as it has not been sold, in fact that is where D is right now. He travelled down with me for the move a couple of weeks ago and was up again with his sleeping bag within a couple of days. I hope to see him next week. Unfortunately until the flat is officially sold, he will have to travel back and fro. We also have some local friends who will regularly drive by and check it out.
As this was our first ever major move with large wooden furniture, lots of books: cookbooks and academia, fragile glass and ceramic goods, as well as pots and a bench from the garden. I have to say the removal company we contracted in Scotland: DMG Direct made our move most comfortable. Not only is the DMG Direct accredited by the National Guild of Removers, very important in these days as many other companies can be just a man with a van. We were offered a very fair and competitive quote, (and more importantly within our budget). They do say, moving home is one of the most stressful times in peoples lives. I have to say, I praise David and his team for making the move easy and working with a genuine smile, even when the number of boxes and weight of my cookbooks was starting to lose its humour. I have to admit, I was expecting something to be either scratched, cracked or at least smashed during the move, but not one single thing was damaged. So if you are ever moving home - in and around Scotland; or from Scotland - I really cannot recommend DMG Direct highly enough. The service on the day of removal and the day of delivery was first class.
Well most of the recycled cardboard boxes have been emptied and things put into their new place for now. Framed pictures have yet to be hammered into the walls. There are still a number of unaccounted expenses. For a start, our curtains are too heavy for the curtain rails in the house and are very likely to break. Either we will have to purchase lighter curtains or replace the curtain rail with a pole to support them. What is missing from this house and something that I am missing already is in built storage space. We will have to buy a second-hand wardrobe for our seasonal clothing and heavy coats. I've not yet leaped into the kitchen with much enthusiasm yet, as I am still getting used to the place and the space. Saying that though, at the weekend when I had my younger brother and his nippers over, I did get to test the new cooker out. The rings operate by gas and the oven by electric. I made some macaroni cheese and some banana muffins, which were snubbed a little by my brother who said they were not sweet enough. Ah he just doesn't appreciate natural sweetness. His kids approved though of both dishes. My parents and other brother, also younger than me and his family have yet to visit me.
I am really looking forward to seeing this place, albeit it rented for now, become our home. I am looking forward to getting back into cooking for pleasure. I am looking forward to growing organic vegetables again. Yes I am excited to share that this house comes with a reasonable bit of growing land, but that won't stop me from signing up for an allotment too. I also have to sign up with some employment agencies too - savings are really dwindling now.
Oh before I sign off, I'd like to share that just before Christmas 2011, I won a giveaway from Sue at Our New Life in the Country. The generous lavender patterned gift bag contained lots of lavender scented goodies from her farmers craft market stall such as: a tube of hand lotion, bottle of bath essence and a selection of gorgeous handmade soaps that are being sniffed by admiring nephews and nieces. I left them all untouched until I moved home. I viewed Sues giveaway as a wonderful home-warming gift. Its already making the bathroom a very appealing place indeed. Thank you so much Sue.
Sue has always been warm towards me, she occasionally highlights a 'Blogging Buddies' post, and guess what one of them was me - see here. - Ah I felt so big-hearted and fuzzy all over when I read it. Like me Sue has just moved home, please please do go by and visit her here. I know she will give you a very warm welcome.