It's not just us that have been going backwards and forwards between houses, of course there are the dogs as well but also the wrapping and boxes. Over and over we are wrapping things in the same wads of tissues and pieces of bubble wrap and placing them in the same plastic and cardboards boxes.
Of course the plastic boxes are standing up well, they are brilliant as they keep everything safe and dry as well as stacked neatly together. Our truck is known to leak slightly around the joins where the hard top meets the back and if we park it facing the wrong way on our little slanting driveway a neat little puddle forms in the back and in all the grooves on the floor. So we know now to face it up the hill to drain away any incoming rain.
Even if when we arrive there seems to be no sign of rain we have now learnt that this doesn't mean there won't be any, even in the next ten minutes. The valley seems to have quick bursts of weather in no set pattern and the only way to see what the weather is about to do is to actually look out of the window. If you can see the hills, it's not raining, but it might be any time soon, if you can't see the hills it's raining now . If you can't see the hills or the road but can hear what sounds like a hundred hobnail boot shod albatrosses tap dancing on the conservatory roof ... it's raining very hard. But don't despair .... in a few minutes the sun will be back out as the clouds pass over and for a brief spell it looks as though there never was a deluge from heaven ... whatever you do don't get cocky and think it's worth hanging washing out in the lovely sunshine ..... the rain will be back before you have time to even find the pegs!!
The cardboard boxes don't do well against the wet so we are careful where we place them in the truck, no lower levels for them. We have found that the Approved Foods boxes are brilliant, the small inner ones for books and all heavy things and the larger outer boxes for bigger, bulkier but lighter things. And of course they all stack neatly inside one another once the contents have been unpacked at the other end ready for the return journey.
And as the boxes fill and empty ....
... the cupboards are getting sparser and sparser ... and we're loving it.
So much so that we have decided on a really good sort out to jettison even more of our belongings, and of course the boxes will come in useful again to store everything that will go to our one and only car boot sale of next year.