Posts Tagged ‘moving house’

When we left Marylebone behind we wondered how we’d cope with the lack of shopping, being frequent visitors to Selfridges and other rather fabulous shops how on earth would we manage? The two of us like to browse the shops for anything and everything. Husband for TV’s and Cameras, me for Make up and shoes, Eliza loves to look for clothes and jewels and toys and Jerry HATES shopping more than any other man/boy I’ve met in my life.

Moving to Kent meant those shops were now at least 45 mins away or we could go to the rather large shopping malls that surround us here in Kent. I do find places like Bluewater repetitive and full of trinket shops and shops for obviously the younger generation. As in under 25’s

But it will do.

It has House of Fraser etc so one can get all the Kitchenware and it has an Apple store and Girls and Boys Base shops so you know we’re all covered if we visit there 😀

Now we have moved again, we’re living in a semi rural environment and TBH 1 week in, I like it more than I did living where we were 1 week ago. I’d rather be out and away from it all. Closest shops to me are 2 miles away. I’m talking shops like post office, small convenience store etc.

The air is really clean, the water is softer, I am thinking it’s sourced from somewhere other than the Thames. Limescale is almost zero here.

And I am surrounded by village folk who ring my door bell early in the mornings with bowls of strawberries and offers to look after the kids or run to the shops for me. Of course a lot of this goes with being the new person in a village and them wanting to see us. I grew up in Devon someone new moving into the town/village is like some towns finding unexploded bombs, the excitement is almost unbearable.

We also gained a cat in our move, the cat has lived in the house her whole life,

Kitty Cat

I also gained a rather well grown herb area of the garden

The garden is lovely and I am hoping to get a summer house for the children soon, although finding one that isn’t going to mean I have to sell a kidney is proving hard. Well the ones we like anyway. The garden is in desperate need of love and attention and is overgrown it’s like the secret Garden out there. Hubby bravely went into one of the sheds yesterday and managed to come out alive after saying “you won’t want to go in there babe” next weekend he shall tackle the shed of doom. We both suspect Shelob is living in there.

I do however have a gardener now, and I fully intend to get him to cut a lot back and get some more light into the garden. Or I might just instruct hubby to do it, I like watching him work.

I have a few touches that need to happen, to my new abode we now have a massive dinning table for 10 people. but no tablecloths quite hard to find tableclothes that are 280 x 160 and you can wipe down and don’t look like they belong in a roadside diner. I might also need to find 8 friends.

My husband bought some plants for myself and Eliza yesterday so they have brightened up the place too.

Today will be spent finding the dinning table after I dumped a load of crap on it yesterday in anticipation I do find a tablecloth! And getting Eliza’s books into her room. I also need to tackle my hallway which I feel slightly anxious about due to 8 legged friends, but I can do this!

Hope you all have a lovely Monday too 🙂


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Home sweet home

We move house in a few days. There is one thing I always do when I move and that’s set up my photographs first. I do the same with our kokeshi Dolls I especially like to set the dolls up. They mean a lot to me, and make me feel homely.

The first things we took to the new house were the kids outdoor toys this got them out the way and they got to explore the new garden.

Initally we were going to set them up in the loft room to share, this was at their request. But the stairs leading to that room are a little narrow and not great for little people needing a wee in the night. So we decided that the two rooms on the same floor as ours would be theirs. It took a lot of convincing to get Eliza to take the bigger room, she wanted the smaller one with the light pink walls. I took her back to the old house and pointed out all her furniture and then back to the new house and told her that if she was to have the smaller room this was fine, but she’d have to put her bookshelf into Jerry’s room. And there we have it Eliza is now in the bigger room.

We have taken nearly half their toys to the new place and we kept aside toys for a few months and have returned them now, of course they are excited to get toys back and happily play with them in the new rooms. Which are of course still furniture-less but it’s helping to adjust them. Eliza is very excited. Jerry is very excited but after an hour he is at the front door asking to go home. He is exactly like me and doesn’t embrace change as quickly as Eliza and my husband, but he’ll get there.

Another tip is to take towels and hand soap and nappies and wipes to the new house and have them handy you’ll need them if you are in between moves and have an overlap in time, we’ve had 10 days so I’ve been in and out of the new place setting up things slowly and orderly. We have taken A LOT ourselves all my clothes are there now, really all the removers have to do is pack the kitchen and take all furniture.

Get the kids involved if they are able to, I had Jerry help  pack the CD’s and DVD’s  Eliza has helped me pack all the paperwork and holds bags open for me. Get them to open their little bags and put toys where they want, it won’t be where you want them but that’s not important, giving them some independence in their new environment is.

Ask for their opinions on what they think looks nice with what you have done, tell them what a fabulous job they have done setting up their rooms. Then go and bang your head into some rusty nails. 😀

My number one tip is this. Start packing 4 weeks before you move. We only actually moved 1 year ago so our junk levels were almost zero. Before that they were BAD! And we packed late it was HORRID.

4 weeks until your move find boxes I bought a home moving pack from the people we used as removalists. Be careful buying from companies that sell them and that’s all they sell they are costly and normally not as thick as what you can get from movers.

pack a little each day some days I packed 6 boxes some days 2 some days none, now with 3 days until our move I have about 3 boxes to pack if that. Take your time label everything clearly. It will help you and the guys that move your home.

Shop around for movers. The company that we used last year were really well priced, this time however they were not our cheapest option. Make sure you get a fixed fee. Having someone come and quote and then come and move you only to decide in fact it was more work then they realised and ask you to pay more before they unload your belongings could happen and that isn’t fun for anyone. Never happened to me but I have heard it happen to others.

Check your home insurance and the movers insurance see what they cover and what they don’t What they will take and what they won’t take.

Use this website I am moving it is fabulous I had read reviews and thought lets do it. I then waited 2 days and rang all who I had notified and everything was already in the process of being set up at the new place and closed down at the old place, it’s quick and easy.

If you are a British Citizen then you can change your driving licence online saving time on filling forms and heading to the post office, you do still however have to return the old ones to the DVLA once you get your new one.

When you are changing over your car and home insurance you will get those lovely questions on when your home insurance is due and your car insurance this is because they want to send you information on their policies and get you to move, you never know it might be worthwhile but you should be the one to decide not them bombarding you with junk mail!

Redirect your mail, and use the royal mail opt out service of junk mail. I have to say I did this last year and I have never seen so much bloody crap from the postman this didn’t work for me.

Keep all your passports and bills, and anything important with you, never let the movers take this sort of thing.

Finally work together as a team, moving is never a good time, however it doesn’t have to be something that can bring you to the point of divorce. I know when we moved a year ago we were at each others throats constantly and it was awful I spent a lot of time crying and wishing I was somewhere else. I am sure my husband did the same.

This time we have been great together, he’d beg to differ but really he’d be a fool lol it comes down to they way he does things and the way I do them we don’t like each others ways but we have had to shrug our shoulders and get on with it. harmonious times.

That’s it for now as I really need to rest my cankles!

oh and buy some fresh flowers nothing like that to spruce up the place!

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So you might of seen my Love you post earlier in the week.

I think some of you were mistaken life’s is a bed of roses around here. It isn’t.


This happens about 457847 times a day. Jerry is a biter, he has started to bite. He’s always very apologetic afterwards. Eliza doesn’t help things if he pushes by her to reach something she will lay on top of him to punish him for pushing, he bites her, she gets up. And on and on it goes.

I spend a lot of my time on my knees requesting Eliza speak in a normal voice, and if she has lost hers to go find quickly and come back. And making Jerry say sorry and explaining biting hurts A LOT. Occasionally I scream and act like I am have lost my mind. I find this quite effective with both children stopping what they are doing and looking at me scared out of their minds.

Anyway I might be around a little less, we move house next week, and this afternoon I am hoping to see a DR. As the Midwife suspects I have at least 2-3 fractured ribs. Mainly from coughing so much the last two weeks.


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We finally got our act together this past weekend & set the study up, it’s yet to be completed. I’ve been so tired since Sunday, the effort of emptying yet more boxes, taking shit up to the attic took it out of me.

But my work computer is all set up, I have all my photography goodies on here, I had some on the lap top but all my folders etc are on here! So without further ado, I dug out my Olympus E3 manual because I am a forgetful type & lazy so i think it’s good to refresh the grey matter. I also love to just sit & play with my camera find out what works what doesn’t the more one does this the more your hit rate of good pictures will occur.

Silly girl

Silly girl

Here is my charming daughter acting up for the camera, no more serious or nice pictures no saying “smile” or “Sit still” is never going to work & when I’m working  never say these words because kids are kids on their own time in their own place so I think we should capture that.

I give you my Son who see’s the camera coming out & demands “ME ME ME ME ME” jblogHe was in serious mid laughter here, you see the thing is I’m actually quite funny & can make kids & sometimes adults laugh it’s a true story ask anyone, want a belly laugh I’ll give you one.

I recently downloaded some free framing actions for photoshop I use CS4 but I would assume they work in all versions. love it, I’ve tweaked them for my own personal tastes.

I really enjoy photography, I am so glad I learned the way I did using film first. I’m so glad I can look through glorious Ansell Adams books & learn & be inspired.

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