Week 15: Action

I’m typing this sitting on the floor of an empty flat. On Wednesday evening our solicitor phoned us to tell us contracts had been exchanged. Confirmation in writing, via email, came on Friday. On Thursday Husband made it, with my help, to his office where he delivered a leaving speech while leaning on crutches and with the additional support of a wall. He was very happy to be able to say his goodbyes. On Saturday he and I travelled by train to my mum’s house – a bungalow: what joy! – where he will convalesce, then I returned to London. I now had 32 hours before the packers arrived. I managed to work for 24 of these hours. (Thank god for years of yoga practice. Makes you strong.)

Parking restriction went up on Thursday. I used to believe - many years ago - that one shouldn't own more than could be fit into a rucksack. Now we need three parking bays for a pantechnicon

Parking restriction went up on Thursday. I used to believe – many years ago – that one shouldn’t own more than could be fit into a rucksack. Now we need three parking bays for a pantechnicon

Living room

All my hard work resulted in a flat ready for the packers: living room . . .

Top landing

top landing . . .

. . . study

. . . study, and the rest . . .

Arrival of pantechnicon on Monday morning

Arrival of pantechnicon on Monday morning

Just a few hours later

Just a few hours later and much has already been done

Empty

On my return on Tuesday: an empty flat. Hard to capture in pictures, but you get the idea

Bread can still be made by Husband on one leg, I'm happy to report

Bread can still be made by Husband on one leg, I’m happy to report; the last loaf made in our London home

Goodbye, London! Now we really are leaving.

10 Comments

  1. Vic

    Happy travels, big sis. xox

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  2. Sylvie

    Bon vent !

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  3. Husband

    It’s nice to wake up to Wife’s new post in the knowledge that we’ll be reunited in our Lincolnshire exile later today. Love, Husband

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  4. Clare

    One door closes, another one opens.

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  5. Pauline

    Wonderful, movement at last x

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  6. Sue Forde

    Mari

    So glad husband is mending. You have done so well to pack by yourself.

    Suexx

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  7. fatma

    OMG! It really is happening now. Just a little bit scary…..but given the turn in the weather of late, none too soon and wonderful! Thanks for the packing photos, stage by stage; brings to life the exciting storyline in glorious technicolor!

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  8. fatma

    ps. Some people will do anything to get out of the packing – yes Husband, you know who you are!

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  9. Janet M

    Wow, all that waiting, then boom, you’re packed up and ready to go. Have a safe trip.

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  10. Deborah Adams

    What a saga! I’m relieved and delighted for you both. The very best of luck for the next leg (as it were) of your journey. Deborah

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