Wednesday, 26 March 2008


First of all thankyou to everyone who left encouraging comments.

It proved far worse than I could have imagined. Having spent nearly two years with our farm up for sale I thought I would be so relieved to be moving that it wouldn't matter how stressful it was. I had intended to do progress blogs but there was never enough time or energy, the timescale of just 6 weeks to pack up our farm was far too short and it descended rapidly into a frantic race against the clock. The last couple of weeks were a complete nightmare and we were only saved by an extra week before completion.

The OH did 5 round trips of 1200 km with loads of furniture and boxes, I don't know how he did it. We finally moved on the 7th March. The OH was driving the 4x4 plus a trailer load full of so many odds and ends, he also had the two dogs whom I had tranquilized as they are very poor travellers. I was driving our toyota MR2 also filled with more odds and ends, plus I had the cat, also tranquilized, in a cat box and our two goldfish, in a plastic bag in a plastic container!! In the event the OH arrived before me as I had to make several stops to squeeze the cat back into her box and to stop the water slopping out of the goldfish bag!!!!!!

But it was such a relief to finally arrive here, never mind the fact that until we get the extension built half of our furniture is stored in a garage, and half of our belongings will have to stay in boxes until we can get some serious decorating finished, plus a bathroom or two.

We are now back on line and have somewhere to sit and watch tele, and I have just about enough room in the kitchen to rustle up reasonable meals. The wine racks are full and we have already been taking advantage of the fact that we can now walk to a bar or three for a bit of company if we feel like it. And the complete novelty of being able to walk to the boulangerie for a baguette or the little supermarche for just about anything. The dogs are settling in well as is the cat, all very new for them too.

It has taken me this long to feel able to write a few words for my blog, lack of sleep and the stress of moving left me physically and emotionally exhausted. But I am getting back to normal and will be trying to catch up with all my favourite bloggers, not an easy task but I will do my best as I have missed them.

I intend to carry on with my farming tales but also hope to give progress reports on the work we are doing to our house. All we need now is for the weather to improve, we did not expect snow but that is what we have had over the past few days, and it has been cold. So roll on the sunny days when we can throw open the doors and spend lots of time outside. Now it's time for a glass of wine, so cheers to you all.


Leatherdykeuk said...


JJ said...

Hey, welcome back. Sorry to hear it was a monstrous experience!

jc said...

Hi, have just discovered your blog and am really enjoying reading it. Horrifying experiences with the dogs and sheep.


liz fenwick said...

Welcome back and welcome to your new home. Be kind to yourself!


Debs said...

Good to see you back again with your exhausting move behind you.

Hope the weather improves for you soon.

Lane said...

You made it! Are you not in the Charente any more??

The move sounds exhausting. I remember driving late one night with a car full of children, hamsters, cats and goldfish to our new home - only 70 miles but stressful enough.

Looking forward to hearing more about your new home.

SpiralSkies said...

You're back in the land of the blogging, woo hoo!

Sorry it was all so gruesome. being able to stroll out for bread and company sounds wonderful - can't wait to hear all about the locals. Am wriggling with jealousy.

Caroline said...

Welcome back honey