Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Moving Home: Safe and Sound

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.  

42 comments:

  1. This is my first visit to your blog and I can already tell that I'm going to love it...The recipes in the sidebar are begging me to read them and that's what I'm going to do right now!

    I hope you're very happy in your new home and I hope your flat in Scotland sells quickly!

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  2. So nice to hear you are settling in and starting to make it your own just a shame about the no sale of flat yet. It's a very strange market place out there, I'd love to move because I long for a garden, even though I have an allotment having that walk out into space of your own can't be beat. That was a fantastic giveaway you won, perfect timing for the new bathroom! Suzy x

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  3. Welcome back to blogging Shaheen. I missed reading your blogs. Glad to know your moving day was comfortable. Good luck selling your old apartment and making your new house a home.

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  4. I am looking forward to all the goodies you'll be cooking in your (bigger) kitchen and to your veg plot.
    I keep fingers and toes crossed for a satisfactory sale of your flat and that you'll be reunited with D very soon. xxx...x

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  5. Oh I'm so happy for your move! Sorry I haven't contacted earlier. I hope D can soon be with you. And I still need to send you the pictures of the bird-house. Stay tuned! :)

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  6. Scotland, Wales, both beautiful places. My DH's family are from the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Did you ever get to the Isle of Skye while you were up here?

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    1. Sadly, I did not get to visit many of the isles whilst in Scotland.

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  7. Really pleased that the move went well and I hope you'll be really happy in the new place. Oh and I hope you get a sale on the old place soon. Gas rings and electric oven is my favourite combination.

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  8. Croeso - See it's coming back already!

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  9. Hi Shaheen
    So glad to hear your move went well, hope you soon feel settled in
    Jane x

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  10. 'Happy New Home Shaheen', it sounds like a good move. Or it will be when D can join you permanently.
    I look forward to hearing all about your new adventures through your future posts :D

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  11. Shaheen, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment! I am really touched. It was a fun project to do, and I gave it to my sister today and she absolutely loved it!

    I am glad your recent move went OK. It's a traumatic business, and a major upheaval, ins't it.

    I must say, your blog is positively mouthwatering! all those gorgeous Welsh dishes down your sidebar... I love the dragon shortbread mould - very stylish!

    Best wishes to you.
    Shoshi

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  12. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'd love to see some of your hash recipes some time. Glad to hear your move went smoothly. It's such a stressful event!

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  13. Congratulations on surviving the move :) I'll look forward to hearing about how you settle in too.

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  14. Happy to hear you've made it safe and sound. Moving for us was a great adventure, hopefully is for progress, right?

    Can't wait to see some of your yummy recipes.

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  15. So glad things seem to have went well! All the best for your new home. make great memories!

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  16. Wishing you health and happiness in your new home.

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  17. Welcome (back?) to Wales Shaheen! I really love the Welsh theme you have going on the sidebar. So many things I've never seen vegetarian-ized, lovely!
    Sara x

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  18. Yay!!!! I'm so glad everything went without a hitch and nothing got broken. Can't wait to see your grden and what new lovelies are whipped up in your kitchen. Hope it's starting to feel more like home and I hope it isn't too long before D can join you for good. Eich y dda m'dear. :-)

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  19. Hi Shaheen, thank you for joining my blog, and glad that your move to Wales has gone well, we moved from Cumbria to Dorset a year ago and don't regret it one bit. Julie xxx

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  20. Nice to hear that you are doing well with the move and that your removalists were good - a friend of mine recently moved and said the removalists damaged some furniture but there was no way to prove it and it was frustrating - so you chose well. Good luck with getting your strides in a new kitchen - it is always a bit odd but also exciting - especially with some land for your vegies.

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  21. Welshcakes. Welshcakes! I love those things.
    Glad your move went well. And I'm looking forward to lots of Welsh recipes.

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  22. I am so pleased to know your move went so smoothly. I have concept of the distance that was involved. Peter and I have moved a number of times in our 31 years together. So we understand all of the challenges involved. There is something fun, though, about adapting to a new space. Our previous house (in Denver, Colorado) was very old and had very limited closet space. So we bought a thing to serve as a coat closet. Why don't you entertain us with some photos of your new digs.

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    1. Thanks Stephen,
      I may just have to do that, as I am still slow on getting into the kitchen and get cooking.

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  23. Glad to hear you are getting settled here in wales

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  24. Moving house is indeed stressful and something I am contemplating as I need wider doors and a different lay out of space. I'm happy this move went smoothly and I hope you're able to sell the flat soon.

    Enjoy your new home and garden!

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  25. Hello Shaheen! Welcome back! I like to hear about your new adventures. I read the Sue' blog,( I'd like to live in the country some day ) and I'm learning to save money too! I'll wait for your recipes soon. Love. Verónica

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  26. I haven't visited in awhile, recommitting to eating healthy which means I'm back for inspiration! I am glad to hear that your move went well and that you have a place to plant things. I hope that your flat sells quickly; we juggled bills for two residences for awhile, not fun. Congrats on the lavender package, too - looks lovely!

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  27. congratulations on your new place! i hope you'll post photos of it. how wonderful that you have land now. and nothing broken in the move, that's fantastic! i'm about to move, too, but nothing as dramatic--less than ten miles away.

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  28. Welcome home Shaheen. Gas stove-tops with electric ovens are the best combination. I'm looking forward to seeing more delicious recipes and photographs from your new environs.

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  29. Ah, Shaheen ...I found you again. I noticed that you had disappeared from my blog list and have been able to catch up with you again. Exciting news ...your moving. Good luck and I hope you'll be very happy in your new abode. Off now to catch up on your blog. Maa

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  30. Glad to hear your move went smoothly. I hope you are all settled in now.

    I am looking forward to more recipes on here - I cooked Paprika Mushrooms and Potato Pie tonight - delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Thanks Becky Bee.
      i am hoping to get back into the kitchen properly this weekend, so hopefully more recipes :) I am so pleased you liked the Paprika and Mushroom Potato Pie.

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  31. Goodluck with settling in and finding the right spot for everything!

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  32. I am glad your first part of moving went well. Hope to read your recipes soon. Have a nice week

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  33. I'm so glad you liked your little parcel. Hope the move went well and that you're settling into your new place.

    Hopefully your flat will sell in Spring and that will be one less thing to worry about.

    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you once again Sue.
      And yes, hopefully the flat will sell SOON.

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  34. I am glad you have settled in and have a lovely big garden to get stuck into. Just the right time of year too. A lot of work ahead, but worth it. It must be nice to be near family again too.

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  35. So glad that the move went well :) xx

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  36. glad the move went well for you, hope you're very happy in your new home and that your old house sells soon too! xx

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