Getting There Slowly

It's been three weeks since my last conf..... post, and it has been quite an eventful time.

Once the house purchase completion was finalised we told our landlord that we would be moving out. As expected, he was not best pleased that we were leaving with five months left to run on our rental contract.  He is exercising his right to hold us to the full term so we shall not be receiving any refund of the advanced rental payments up until May, plus we still have to pay for the utilities up until then when our lease expires.  He does not wish to re-let the property until then so we shall just have to write off that expense.  We knew that would probably be the case so are not unduly surprised, just a little disappointed.

Moving was frustrating for me as I was still fairly immobile then so could not physically get involved. P did most of it himself and my walking partner volunteered to help out one day with her husband, which was a godsend.  P arranged a local Man With A Van to move the big items of furniture. I would not use them again though .  Bodgett and Leggett they should be called.

As the boxes of "stuff" had been dumped wherever there happened to be space, rather than placed in each designated room as I would have done if supervising it myself,  it took me twice as long to sort it all out once we moved in.  Just can't get good staff these days!!

A couple of days later I had to go to Douglas for my booster shot.  I was still limping around at that time so we drove there rather than take the bus and walk to the hub.

Two days later it was time to go to the hospital to have the stitches removed.  Although very squeamish, I did watch as I was keen to see how it was healing.  The nurse said that it looked very healthy and, apart from some bruising, it did look neat and clean.  The lower level of stitches were dissolvable so they must have already done their job.  It was good to be able to walk about without risk of stretching the skin and bursting the stitches.

Then it was Christmas Day.  We had invited my walking partner and her husband to have Christmas dinner with us as we would all otherwise have been "home alone" on the day.  They provided the turkey which they had already ordered a few weeks previously but I provided the rest and cooked the meal.  We had a great time; so much better than spending the day by ourselves.

In between Christmas and New Year it was my 65th birthday.  I organised a Champagne buffet lunch here and invited 10 of our friends to celebrate both my big day and our new home.  As usual, I overestimated the amount of food that would be consumed so we feasted on leftovers for several days afterwards.

By New Year's Eve we were both shattered so we skipped the usual festivities and went to bed at 9 pm.  However, the next day P did the New Year's Day fell race, running up hills and through freezing cold, muddy rivers.  I stayed at home in the warm drinking hot chocolate and sorting through some more boxes.

It is very strange but, now that all the boxes have been unpacked and most of the stuff put away somewhere, there still seem to be a few odd bits and pieces that have disappeared into thin air  -  a nearly new dustpan and brush,  a full tin of (expensive) furniture wax, my baby monitor (used to alert me to the doorbell ringing).  We have hunted everywhere but just cannot find them.  Perhaps they have run off with the missing sock from the washing machine?

I have tried to take photos but the weather has been quite dismal and dark so here are just a couple.

Moving day...

Today...


Entrance hall with my prize picture! ...



My home office, complete with stained glass window ...



Sitting room (aka altar room) ...



Sunrise this morning...








45 comments:

  1. Things do seem to go missing in house moves, I'm not sure how that happens, as you say, perhaps they meet up with all the missing socks lol. Your new house looks lovely, how wonderful to have stained glass in your rooms. Wishing you every happiness in it. x

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    1. Thanks Marksgran. I do love the windows, even though it is difficult to see the view!

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  2. You e done so much! Happy birthday first of all. Lovely to hear your antics. Wonderful photos. I was surprised to see the stairs. Have you got a belfry or is it the 'womens place' like they have in the old Orthodox churches (spell checker made that orthopaedic fox🤣🤣)
    It's certainly an interesting home. Must be fun showing visitors around.

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    1. We seem to have been on the go for weeks now. I am feeling tired but still excited about our new place.
      I would love to see an orthopaedic fox! The stairs lead up to the bedrooms. The developer put an upper storey in when he did the conversion. There are five rooms up there but with ceiling height restrictions due to the steeply sloping roofline. When it has been sorted out and looks a little tidier up there I'll post some photos. Looks a bit messy at the moment!

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  3. The rooms look really spacious in your new home.

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    1. P has his own TV and music snug and I can stretch out on the sofa in peace and quiet.

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  4. Happy birthday. I just love the idea of waking to watch dawn through a window like that. Mr B would have something smart to say about the 'altar room', but Tigger and F would just roll their eyes. It sounds like a really suave home.

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    1. Sacrificed my life savings for that altar room.

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  5. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! Happy New Home! Gosh you have been busy and have lots to celebrate! Hope you are very happy in your new home. What a lovely place!

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  6. Your new place is just beautiful.

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  7. Happy birthday.
    We moved last April and there are still things we can’t find.Our old house was empty when we left it and the van was emptied here.Mystery.Last week I did find some craft things that I hadn’t seen since our previous move so there is still hope that things will turn up.
    Hope you are happy in your new home.
    Barbarax

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    1. Thank you Barbara. I have just found the baby monitor... but the doorbell has just stopped working!

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  8. It’s gorgeous JayCee …… I can’t see why P isn’t in love with it as much as you… he probably just needs time ! The windows are amazing…. so many lovely features.
    Belated birthday wishes & many happy returns. XXXX
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    1. Thank you Jackie XXX
      P is not exactly a romantic at heart, he always looks at the practical (sometimes negative) aspects whereas I am ruled by my heart not my head.

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  9. What a beautiful house. I wish you lots of happiness in it. Happy New Year

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  10. I'm sure it feels great to be finally settled. May you have a happy time in your new home, it is truly lovely.

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  11. Very best wishes in you new home - it looks fascinating.

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    1. It has a fascinating history which we are in the orocess of investigating. I nay post some stories about it soon.

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  12. Belated birthday greetings JayCee! At a mere sixty five you are still a young lass. How kind of Lord Peregrine to give you a beautifully converted church as a birthday present. No wonder you led him to bed at 9pm on New Year's Eve!

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    1. Thank you for the birthday greetings, YP. Only one more year until my pension.

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  13. Your new home looks beautifully spacious. Here in our bijou town house, I feel as if everything has been miniaturised.

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    1. Yes, our downsizing plan didn't quite turn out as expected.

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  14. Your new home looks lovely. Happy Birthday young lady!!

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    1. Thanks Frances, especially for the "young" comment!

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  15. Congratulations all around for your many (exhausting) accomplishments of the past several weeks. And...Happy belated Birthday! Think your birthday present is marvelous--a house with your own office featuring a stained glassed window, a lovely, peaceful sitting room and a separate man cave for P. The best way to survive (did I say that?) marriage. Looking forward to more photos.

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    1. I think you have got it exactly right there, Mary!

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday JayCee - and here's to many more!
    House house is awesome - spend many happy years there - you are in a wonderful place by sound of it.

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    1. Thank you Mary. I feel more relaxed now we are here.

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  17. Oh, Jaycee, it really looks wonderful, and your new table looks lovely in the Altar room. I just remembered that I wanted you to ring the New Year in with your own bell tower. I'll bet your neighbors would have just loved it! Happy belated birthday!!

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    1. Thank you Debby x
      I shall send P up a ladder to the top of the bell tower to free the bell from its fixing so we can ring it for you.

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    2. Oh no need to ring it for ME. I'm already a ding dong. It would be redundant.

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  18. Have you taken delivery of the new chest of drawers or was it a table you bought earlier on - just wondering if it fit into the perfect spot you had in mind for it.
    Looking forward to seeing more photos and descriptions of the history of the house
    Take care
    Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy. We bought the coffee table for the altar room and the chest of drawers you can see in P's snug, at the foot of the stairs. Both fit perfectly!

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  19. Jaycee - sorry that your removal chaps left something to be desired. Ours were very strong on the muscle side, but had no respect for antiques . . . I came into the kitchen as their boss was trying to get an extra thousand pounds out of Keith but I was instantly onto his case and got the quote (plus the receipt for the thousand pound deposit already paid) and when I said, here you are, check the amount, he claimed not to have his specs with him . . . K might look doddery but I am still in full possession of my wits (as is K, but he didn't have the invoice to hand).

    Your new home looks absolutely lovely - especially those stained glass windows. May you have many happy years there.

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    1. Ours were not very careful; a few scratches and rips, plus muddy footprints everywhere. Then they asked for an extra £50 as they "didn't know there would be stairs".

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  20. Belated Happy Birthday from one Capricorn to another!
    Your new home looks beautiful - and intriguing. Look forward to seeing more photos as you turn it into your dream home. It's not the usual downsize that most of us make when we're nearing retirement! May you have many happy years to enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you CG. It is certainly not the downsizing plan we started out with, and it has stairs, which we said we didn't want ... but I do love it.

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  21. Happy belated birthday greetings. The new house looks wonderful! Hope you'll have many years of happiness there.
    xxx

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