After many frustrating months of waiting on solicitors and mortgage companies, we finally moved house on Monday 13 April.
31 years is a long time to be at one address, and the old house was full of the things of family life. A house where my brother and I arrived with Mum and Dad in 1983, to be joined a few months later by another sibling, when my sister was born. Where we shared cuddles with 6 cats (in all), a rabbit and a guinea pig and two fish. Where we celebrated many children's birthdays, a surprise birthday party and a wedding party. Three decades of Christmas mornings and various family gatherings. And where ten years ago we cared for, lost and mourned my Dad.
But while we've left those four walls behind, we take with us 31 years of memories.
And a whole lot of stuff!
Packing was a bit frantic as we were expecting to have the removal men packing for us the day before the move. However, we;d had to change the date so many times, by the time we finally had a date confirmed, the removal company we were planning on using were unavailable. Cue me calling every removal company in the Nottingham area for availability. In the end, the company who we did get, weren't able to pack for us, so we had to dash around all the Argos stores in the area buying up packing boxes and calling on Mum's friends to help us pack. They were awesome, and by some miracle, it did all get done.
So Monday came with the removal men who were one short as the new guy failed to show up on his first day of work... they called in back up in the shape of the storage depot man. The three of them made light work of our heavy boxes, filling their very large van with all our worldly possessions. By midday the van was loaded and there was time for an hour or so of cleaning and loading our car with the few remaining items and essentials. I took a final couple of videos of the empty house... (apologies if it induces feelings of seasickness!)
And then we said our goodbyes to the house and got in the car.
We'd left the cats at Sue's house a few doors away and so Mum and I drove along the road and sat with them for half an hour while we ate our lunch. We had had the call from the solicitor to say that we had completed and from the vendors estate agent to say that the house would be ready for us around 3.00pm. We requested a little earlier and so we headed to Kimberley and the estate agent and collected the keys just after 2.30pm.
And so we arrived at our new house...