This weekend has all been about sorting out, shifting things around and cleaning.
The trailers were emptied, the small animal trailer was half full of bits and pieces some still there from our last move, so everything was hoiked out, sorted through and then stacked on the patio if being kept. The larger one we have been using as a store for the chicken food, bedding etc, and parked up just outside Chicken World so everything was lifted out and stacked neatly while the pair of them were pressure washed inside and out by a very wet Lovely Hubby and then left to dry overnight.
The other trailer has already been backwards and forwards twice to the new place, both times filled to the top with heavy outdoorsy type stuff, it didn't need cleaning thank goodness as it's next load will be dirtier than ever ... compost and plants, so there's really no point.
The utility room is a bare place at the far end now and there was the opportunity to clean it thoroughly ...
... before neatly stacking the bags of chicken food and the bin full of corn.
We got together the next load of things to go to Wales with us, the filing cabinets and desk drawers for the office and stacked them by the door ready for loading.
The little animal trailer is now filled to the roof with all those things that we can take and leave there, things that we won't need immediately and that are safe to sit in the damp Welsh air and not come to any harm. The large animal trailer is going to have all it's ventilation flaps temporary taped down and will be used to transport all those larger items of furniture etc that we can't fit in our truck, it's first trip however will be the contents of the Manshed.
We have had to sit and work out a timetable for each trip between now and Christmas so that we know exactly which trailer to attach and whether it is staying in Wales or needs to come back and luckily there are just enough weekends to be able to get everything there, to be able to finish the decorating and to get ourselves and all birds and animals settled in in time for Christmas.
Over the weekend we also had our landlord and his handyman/gardener planting new trees and generally doing necessary maintenance on this place ready for showing to the next set of prospective tenants. The estate agent has been round for a preliminary check and will be calling around again later this week before the property is being marketed for the next year, and then our landlord will be moving back in himself ready to knock down the little bungalow and rebuild the house of his dreams.
As I tidied the front flower beds I couldn't help feeling that with the dismal autumn light, our hearts already at home on a Welsh hillside and not knowing it's fate this poor little 1930's bungalow starting to look a little unloved already.