I blog a lot on my personal website so you'll get much more detail there but here's a synopsis, in numbers, as requested by Miceal…
4 days, 3 removal men, 2 lorries and copious cups of coffee.
98 miles later, we moved everything across 3 counties.
160 emptied boxes – we are gradually getting everything in the right places.
15 boxes still in the garage that I can't bring myself to sort … logs, extra pans, Christmas decorations, things like that.
10 days without broadband and TV was just divine, I've kept the TV pretty much off ever since but am grateful for broadband, despite it's sluggishness at times.
4 chickens were bought, resulting already in 20,000 poos and about 18 eggs so far… which I can't bring myself to eat!
2 dead mice so far from my crazy cat who stayed in for just 3 days… so much for keeping a cat inside for 3 weeks when you move, not a chance!!!
1 very happy dog loves his new home found and consumed the leg of a deer yesterday whilst walking across the fields. Regularly eats his own body weight in the apples which fall from …
5 apple trees which drive me mad because as fast as I pick them up, they keep falling! I've so far made buckets of apple sauce but can't find the juicer anywhere. Good job I've a big freezer!
25 metres of fencing I went and bought along with 10 huge metal stakes and then built my own fence, creating an orchard which sounded glamorous but was an attempt to separate the dog and the apples … unsuccessfully!
67 home grown potatoes (thank you Richard Jackson!!)
9 days of fighting the fence, the dog wiggling underneath and then trying to catch my rabbit who kept managing to get stuck the other side … so it was pulled down and I continue to chase falling apples.
7 nights sleeping out in the garden (not me, the bunny) and surviving Mr Fox because I couldn't catch her. I was beginning to give up hope, even tempted to call Mr Fox in … I have since caught her, we had words!
6 wellies lined up by the back door used numerous times on a daily basis and 12 wheels under our feet now on a Saturday night at the newly discovered roller disco … oh yes, beyond fun!!!
120 mins roller skating anti-clockwise without stopping on a Saturday night made me feel 21 but the following morning reminded me that I'm that plus 20 more!
1200 litres of oil in the tank in the garden, my new fuel I've not quite got my head around using just yet.
91 miles back to QVC when I return in the New Year.
2 sets of new school uniform for 2 exceptionally happy children loving their new home, life, friends and everything that comes with it!
1 most content Pipa
As for everything else, go to www.pipagordon.com/blog for a catch up because there's been sooo much going on. Suffice to say life is GREAT and I'm thrilled I took the jump. It literally was a jump too as when we left, I hadn't even exchanged on the house I was selling which is funding my 6 months off!
I can now breathe as today we exchanged … relief … my plan B was to return in October, but I can now stick to plan A – thanks Sara for keeping my seat warm, I'll see you all in Feb xxx