Friday 5 August 2011

Retrospective 1

Moving day. Sandra was well-prepared - no one was going to take the parking spaces required by the removals wagon!

A cheerful smiley team loaded my worldly goods onto the wagon. What is it about this process that makes all one's furniture look like it should be going straight to the tip?

The two boys went quietly - Lottie was their calming influence in the surprisingly roomy crate. Millie was outraged by being confined with the boys, and had to travel in a separate carrier.

Goodbye, Bacteria Gardens. I had lived there for 29 years and 1 month.

Sandra and Lynn finished the packing, finding all sorts of things I had forgotten, and making sure the house was left clean and tidy. What lovely friends.

It was a long, long journey down the M6, with several comfort stops for the dogs. No one complained; I was so impressed by their calm and acceptance.

The Lovely Son drove for most of the way, as I was too tired to drive safely for long; the weeks of anxiety and hurried packing were taking their toll.

A bean bag on my knees was just right for a small dog, who forgot that she was usually car-sick, and slept soundly between stops.

Flossie was patient in her harness on the back seat.

At last, eight and a half hours after setting off, we arrived. Food and beds were organised for the animals, the cats remaining in the 'utility' - in reality a ramshackle lean-to at the side of the house that will be next year's exciting project -  for the night. Our beds were made up (thankfully, I had bought the new beds that had belonged to the cottage) and we fell into them.

Tomorrow the wagon would arrive, and the unloading would begin.


John said...

I am so glad to see the pets where they ought to be and calm, Tosca either unfazed or surrendered.

Noelle the dreamer said...

So glad everything went well!
By the by, may I inquire about the aforementioned halter for Big Dog? Dogtrust maybe?
All the best,

Unknown said...

Oh I have been thinking about you, so glad you have all arrived safe and sound, welcome to your new home, it's going to be wonderful.

Rose H (UK) said...

Phew, an amazingly calm journey. I'm sure that after the turmoil of packing all of you were just happy to relax (kinda!) How nice to have all the beds organised at journeys end - one less stress.

judy in ky said...

You have wonderful friends and very patient, lovable dogs. I am enjoying hearing about your big adventure.

Anonymous said...

Twenty-nine years, crikey, what a bold move you are making. So glad to hear everyone travelled well. I can't wait to hear about your plans for your new home, particularly that lovely garden. Julie

chrisartist said...

Good luck with all the unpacking. Have a great time in your new surrounds.
Looking forward to pics.
Chris. Australia

Bow Street Flowers said...

And Hamish? I've been so patient waiting for the story of the move and the new Cottage. Thank you! Hope you're settling in to your new country life!

flwrjane said...

Finally!! You have internet and we can feast on each and every detail.

Welcome home.

xo jane

the veg artist said...

So glad to see you're back online. Am most impressed by Tosca, as I'd been picturing you having a very unsavoury journey! The cats look resigned, but Flossie looks so trusting, as in "Are you taking me somewhere nice?". Well done all of you.

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