So we are moved in!
To say we are settled in would be stretching it too far. Having thinned out our belongings enormously before we moved, and thinking we had done a good job, when the removal men carried box after box into our new house and the space for walking between them got smaller and smaller, I seriously began to wonder if we had done the right thing. The house is lovely but it's SO small!
So we have to thin them out even more, that's all there is to it. In any case how many ramekins does a two person household actually need?
Lulu doesn't seem to need a ramekin at all.
Speaking of Lulu, she has coped incredibly well with the upheaval. She spent three nights at her grandad's but we spent lots of time each day with her and we brought her to her new home as soon as the removal van had gone. She had a good sniff round, inspected the premises and then gave us a look which obviously meant "are you completely mad?"
Dogs can be very perceptive and cruelly blunt at times.
One of the challenges in settling in is in finding where to put things. In the kitchen it's just a matter of deciding what should go in each cupboard (except that we have too much stuff for the amount of cupboard space), but elsewhere it's more difficult because we literally haven't got anywhere to put anything as we haven't got any furniture. All our existing furniture has gone into store for future use in France. So with great enthusiasm we went shopping for furniture on Wednesday morning. The enthusiasm didn't last.
There's a lot of nice furniture about for a sensible price but the big, chunky, oak stuff, although beautiful, is way too big for our tiny spaces. Having found a small sideboard that would fit into our 80cm alcove, it had a few cm overhang on the top and very thick sides to the frame so that for our 80cm alcove we would end up with less than 65cm storage space at a cost of several hundred pounds. We were beginning to think that finding furniture for our new house could take up the whole of the rest of our summer. Not to mention a large chunk of the budget for our new house in France - when we find it.
So we ended up in ...... guess where, Ikea. For less than two grand we got four double wardrobes with internal shelves and baskets, three chests of drawers, a two seater sofa, two small armchairs, a glass fronted dresser, a bookcase and a bagful of the irresistible bits and bobs Ikea do so well. None of it is high quality heirloom stuff but it will suit our purpose perfectly well and at this stage in our lives we would rather invest in enjoying ourselves than in furniture!
It reminds me of something my dad always says when I ask him how he got on at his appointment with the doctor. "He told me not to buy any new shirts!"
So while Nick grapples with a mountain of flatpack furniture I am luxuriating in the fact that BT have provided us with telephone and internet according to plan and wondering which box contains our corkscrew!
Thank goodness for screw top wine bottles (and Vouvray, of course)!
Have a great weekend!