Removal Friday was, as expected, hectic and a little chaotic. The removal men arrived late Thursday afternoon and packed a load onto the van, leaving the last third for Friday. Luckily they had some spare boxes they left us, as we had run out.
In the morning the van arrived bright and early and I carried on with the frantic last minute packing – LOL. Down to the allotment for the last time, bringing back the rotovator, cold frames and some other bits. I must admit to feeling quite tearful as I locked the allotment gates for the last time. 8 years is a long time and I’ve had so many happy hours on those plots. Strangely, I didn’t feel a thing as we left the house – just a last check up that we’d not left anything.
So, a couple of tips for moving house:
- Decide how many boxes you want, then double it, then add the figure you first thought of and you may well have nearly enough!
- Start packing a week before you think you need to.
- Mark the boxes with where you want them to go (like which bedroom!) and as much detail of what’s in them as you can fit on. ‘Tools’ isn’t so helpful when you want your electric drill but not the circular saw.
- Pack one last box with the tea making gear and keep it with you for when you arrive.
If you are in the Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford or Crewe & Nantwich areas, I can whole heartedly recommend 5 Star Removals. Efficient, helpful, cheerful and very reasonably priced. Thanks guys!
They say the devil is in the detail and I think they’ve a point. Before we moved we were making grand plans for what we would like to do with the place when we got here. The woodburning stove, new kitchen, solar power were all on the list. What wasn’t on the list were; coat hooks in the porch, curtain rails, toilet roll holder and so on.
It’s a bit like running a veg plot really – you have these grand plans for where the greenhouse is growing and how to rotate the crops but the details are where to plant the spring onions and what variety to get.
We’ve decided where the new veg plot is going now – it’s the field I can see from the office window which gets the sun all day. There’s a couple of ‘details’ to sort out before I start digging though. First we need to fence off the area to keep the sheep out. A local farmer runs his sheep on the land and whilst they seem happy eating the grass, I’m reliably informed they’ll decimate a veg plot in minutes given the chance.
Secondly, at dawn I watched a number of rabbits hopping around the field. So not only sheep-proof, we need to rabbit proof the area. That should keep me busy for a bit!
Before I do anything else though, I’m setting up a large plastic compost bin we brought with us. For normal garden waste I prefer constructing a 3 bay wooden bin but we can get the plastic bin up and running in minutes, so none of those teabags go to landfill.
Anyway, as you can imagine, it’s chaotic here with boxes everywhere still and loads to do. I did manage to snap a few photos yesterday in the sunshine, between clearing the gutters and drains from years of leaves and debris.