Monday, 18 November 2013

Shifting, Cleaning and Organising

 
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.
 
Sue xx
 
 

16 comments:

  1. What a massive task you are undertaking. I am pleased that you will at last be where you want to be. It's exciting to watch you.

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  2. I think it great that you are managing to do it all by yourselves, slowly but sure. Did I spot logs in your pink trug?
    It will be such an exciting, if tiring Christmas in your new place.

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    1. Haha ... you did, the logs were for the wood burner here that night, just chopped and put in through the door by Lovely Hubby, they won't be going to Wales, we have a whole woodland there :-)

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  3. Before I got to your last paragraph I was sensing that a tipping point has been reached - 'home' is now in Wales!
    Well done Sue, nearly there.

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  4. a lot of warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas time!!!!
    you deserve it.

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  5. How lovely that you'll be settled in your forever home by Christmas!

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  6. How sad your little bungalow looks I am sure it is feeling very sorry that you are leaving. Most of my childhood homes have been knocked down now and replaced by the new owners with 'dream houses'!!

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  7. The work and shifting things seems to go on forever, doesn`t it? I`m sure you`ll be glad when all is done and you can finally be at home in Wales with all your animals. I hope your first Christmas there will be magical.

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  8. All SO worth the effort now! Not long and you'll be settled in no time.

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  9. After too many disastrous house moves, my dream is a well organised move to my forever home. I'm keeping notes!

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  10. Nearly there Sue! It'll be so worth it when it's all done x

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  11. I can't imagine what it would be like for us to move. We've lived in our house for 40 years and we are a bit of a pair of packrats. We need to move just to have a purge and sort out! It will be so good when you are finished and finally settled in Wales. Looking forward to read about the next chapter of your lives.

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  12. I would KillFor a utility room

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    1. I'm going to miss ours although it is truly freezing in there as it's single skinned, it's amazing how much you can dump in there and then close the door on it. At the new house we have a conservatory, on view to the world ... we will have to be neater and tell the dogs and cats to wipe their feet!!

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  13. You are almost there Sue !

    The house next door is very unloved; a new family would be lovely although I am enjoying the quiet !

    Loving the shiny trailers & can't wait to see your plants & chickens being moved. Do you take the cats up for a weekend ? We used to take our family cat Belle to north Wales... she used to go and sit on the beach.

    Then once while visiting mum with Bramble we had to delay coming home as he's gone AWOL !!!

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    1. The cats stay here, they are very independent and have their tall dried food dispenser which they both use whenever they are hungry, they have cat flaps into the house and a neighbour keeping a discreet eye on them.

      We used to both commute weekly from Cumbria to Reading for work a few years ago and take our cat Toby with us on every journey, he must be the cat with the most 'road miles' ever, he loved it, but yes he went AWOL a couple of times and ended up alone for the weekend in Reading while we went home to Cumbria, he was very nonchalant about it, I think it was planned :-).

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