Have moved in, kind of…

Just a quick update.

The move went ahead a couple of weeks ago and we got moved in by the skin of our teeth!

* The removal men turned up over an hour late.
* Couldn’t fit everything in the van (should have got a larger one).
* We got held up so my parents (who live in Swindon where we have moved to) had to collect the keys (before the letting agency closed) and let the removal men in.

We’ve still got about 30 boxes to unpack and nowhere to put things but am getting there SLOWLY!

I’ve still got to head back up North this week and empty the rest of the house, clean and make good before handing the keys back over to the agency. It will take me at least a few days as I still find myself in quite a bit of pain from the surgery when doing any lifting for a long period of time so I’m just going to do things slowly. What is left in the house will be donated or will book the council to remove and of course I will have to try and fit in as many boxes in my car as possible AND the gardening equipment. At least now we are on the final home straight!

I’m LOVING our new house. Despite being in an urban location we back on to a park so honestly feel I can breathe. I’ve only used my car ONCE in two weeks since arriving as we are so conveniently located that I am walking everywhere and getting healthier!

Here are a few photos and am really looking forward to getting finally settled with big plans for more recipes/videos.

Thank you for all your support.

C xxxxxx

17 thoughts on “Have moved in, kind of…

    • It is very stressful…you are right! I’m dreading this week as there is a lot of work to do up North but hopefully bybthe weekend everything will be sorted, keys returned and hopefully get most of my deposit back too! (Could do with the money!). Can’t believe how little I’ve used the car…infact it’s twice not once in 2 weeks. We are supposed to walk lots as humans so feel doing what comes natural everyday is helping with my wellbeing xxxx

  1. Your new place looks good. The kitchen is all set up and ready to go! I love the idea of a washing machine in the kitchen–US doesn’t have that option. Why is there cardboard in the garden? Hope all goes well cleaning out your old place.

  2. Congratulations on your lovely new home. Shifting house is a pretty stressful time. Most important, look after yourself Carolyn.

  3. Carolyn, I love your new home! It looks wonderful. Where did you get your recycling bags? I’m trying to find a vendor here in the U.S. to make something like that for our City. I work in the Public Works Department and am trying to encourage/educate our residents about recycling.
    Any information will be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!
    Wendy Henson
    Arizona, USA

  4. I wish you the very best of everything. You deserve it! I love your new house. I’m looking forward to seeing more pictures.

  5. Really looking forward to your new recipes and foodie ideas. The house is lovely and you are glowing such a lovely picture of you and your family. All the best wishes for your recovery.

  6. I love your kitchen tins for bread, biscuits, and such! I wish I had some. And your plants… so cheery!

    I know you must be terribly busy, but I would love to hear how you are getting on with this current pandemic. I used your pancake recipe this morning to feed us as we are rationing our household milk. There would be enough for everyone in our community but unfortunately too many people are very selfishly hoarding. My husband saw someone buying 30 jars of pasta sauce. Really? You can’t get toilet paper, butter, milk, fruit, bleach, rice, dry beans, or pasta for the moment. It is good that our house is reasonably stocked at any time so we are in good shape, but I will certainly be starting a Victory garden today! Someone suggested we call them Climate Victory gardens or something like that. I like that idea.

    Anyway, best wishes to you and other readers. Let’s remember, we are all in this together people!

    • Hi Holly, thanks for leaving this message. I believe everyone right now is worried for a number of reasons but I do believe that fundamentally most of us are all good people who will look out for one another during these uncertain times we are experiencing right now.

      I can even understand the panic buying, it is a normal human reaction and self-perpetuating after seeing other people panic buying/stockpiling as you feel you also need to ensure you can provide for your family too. The reporting in the media is definitely fuelling apprehension and uncertainty.

      Luckily being a kind of ‘prepper’ type of person (just common sense with keeping a small sensible larder in case of an emergency) we will be OK if the worst comes to the worst for a month or so as long as we eat lots of rice, beans and pasta but hopefully it will not come to this and despite restrictions likely to be imposed in the not too distant future, I feel the supply chain will continue to function somewhat and we will all just have to adapt to that.

      I spoke with my parents today who have read the news about the over 70’s likely to have to quarantine (even if they have no symptoms) in the next few weeks, possibly for a few months. While many will undoubtedly question such a move I feel it is sensible. For example if we look at the current figures, it appears that (worldwide) around 15% of all confirmed cases (UK it’s lower) need hospital stay treatment which involve some assistance with breathing whether it is simply oxygen therapy and medications or more.. This can quickly overwhelm hospitals so taking stricter measures to try and avoid or delay the elderly picking up COVID-19 (which are more likely to need hospitalization) seems sensible to me. It’s not going to be easy for people but I guess it’s what we all have to do to look out for each other and our loved ones.

      I hope everyone is well and healthy xxxxx C

  7. Thank you for responding. Those are some really excellent points. I will try to remember that, as you said, this is indeed very human and folk are concerned first about their family. It does give me a different perspective on it.

    There are folk who already cannot or are not getting out. I have an elderly diabetic friend who is self-isolating so I checked to see if he needed anything, and then there is a family next door where the mom has a key position at a university that is shutting down residency and going online, so she has been terribly busy these last few weeks, and the father currently is getting over bronchitis, so neither of them have been able to get out for groceries for themselves and their kids. Everything is easier, I think, if we remember community. Sometimes we can give, sometimes we have needs.

    At the moment, we have a few cases of COVID-19 in our state, but mostly I have been hearing of other ailments but people trying to avoid the hospitals at all cost, so they may not be getting treated properly for these other ailments. That’s a twist I could not have predicted.

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