Day 376 – Ridehorsing

It’s the last day of the kids’ school holiday, and I’ve been drafted in to take one of them to the stables in Hout Bay.

Mrs 6000 usually likes to come out here, because she’s a much bigger fan of horses than I am, but she’s busy at work this morning, so I’m watching on instead.

And I have to say that there are probably worse places to spend an hour or so…

…especially after yesterday’s meteorological aberration.

Day 366 – Lazy

I’m having a bit of a lazy day today. The kids finished school for Term 1 yesterday with excellent reports and there was literally nothing to get up early for this morning so I literally didn’t get up early. We visited a shop to look at fireplaces (here), I came home and watched some excellent rugby league (this) – I’m loving the new ESPN channels that DSTV have added – I tidied the house a bit, I played some pool, I listened to some music (this), and then I sat down here and started a blog post (this).

Other things I am going to get through this evening is a bit of football, an exploration of this website, which has taken me right back to my childhood, and the third-place playoff for this year’s Only Connect series.

Other than that, I’ve just got to put a bit more work into my Transcontinental Catapult System (TCS), which I am marketing to various shipping companies on Monday morning as a viable alternative to the Suez Canal. It’s all a bit random on the landing bit at the moment, and with shipping containers being flung a few thousand kilometres, you want to get your aim just right.

I’ll have it sorted by Sunday evening.

But first, some football (this).

Day 327 – Boxes upon boxes

It’s been a very busy day, but we are surprisingly close to finishing our unpacking.

Another 15 or 20 boxes were unpacked today, and many are already on their way to being reused at another unconnected move nearby.

The kitchen cupboards have now been allocated and I’ve almost remembered where the mugs are for my morning coffee.

I unpacked my clothes and I can’t wait to get rid of some to a good cause in the very near future.

A nice man called Simon came round and got our weird (but hugely effective) internet setup set up.

A nice man called Ben came round and got rid of several (or more) European Paper Wasp nests from around the house and garden.

I’d recommend both of them for those sort of specific tasks.
(Simon does CCTV as well; Ben does bees as well.)

The beagle got closer to sleeping through in the kitchen (her usual chosen bedtime spot) last night and only woke me up [weep] three times. I are a bit broken.

High hopes for a full night tonight.

My study is still peach. So very peach.

Day 324 – The Last Night

And so it’s come to this.

Yesterday was our last night in what has been our home for the past 15½ years.
The home into which we brought our newborn children from the hospital.
The only family home they have ever known, and which has seen them grow into young adults.
The home which we have worked so hard upon to make our own, with all our creature comforts.

And now we move on.

The new place is all about Location, Location, Location.
While it’s perfectly livable, it needs work, it needs updating, it needs all our creature comforts.
It’s going to be a huge amount of effort to get it to where we want it.
But we have done this before and we will do it again.
And this time, we have a better, safer, bigger place to do it in.

We’ve cleaned it top to bottom yesterday, and moved some of our stuff in. Today, the team with the big lorry are coming around to move the bulk of our stuff, and on Monday, we hand over the keys to this place to another young family, who I hope will enjoy our home as their home for years to come.

We’ve been too busy to concentrate on our feelings for the past few days.
Once the pressure is off (this evening?), it’s going to be interesting to see what comes out.

I will likely accompany whatever it is with some brandy.
Safety first for the first night in our new place.

Day 308 – Are we nearly there yet?

2½ weeks.

2½ weeks to pack up a whole house.

It doesn’t seem such a big job, and indeed it probably wouldn’t be if there weren’t other things which also needed doing during that 2½ weeks. But there’s parenting, schooling (back full-time next week, nogal), riding, Dodgeball, piano and singing.
There’s dog walking, exercise, work, football (on the TV, at least), there’s blogging and there are the daily mundanities of life which still need to be happening alongside the packing up of the whole house.

I’m now at the point where I’m fairly sure that there’s stuff which I won’t need in the intervening 2½ weeks and which I can therefore chuck into in boxes, ready to go. There will be things which I have packed which I will need, but when I realise this, I will just have to curse quietly under my breath and pretend that I can manage without them.

Positives:
Almost sorted the internet connection for the new place.
Almost sorted the inspection certificates for this place.
Managed my fastest run for a while this morning (still very slow).
Wine shop and bottle store down the road seem to be prepping to reopen.