Monday, 27 June 2016

Where we've been


Sorry for the radio silence for the last couple of weeks, it’s been a bit crazy.  We finally have our internet sorted, which took ages, and only as of Friday have we got internet on our main computer which is upstairs.

We’re still surrounded by boxes, but some of it is intentional.  We’re having some damp proof work starting in 2-3 weeks. The lounge is having a lot of work done, so we’ve purposely not unpacked much in there as we’ll only have to pack it up again when the damp people arrive.

I’ve also just had a week off looking after Squidge so his grandparents could have a week off.  It was so lovely to spend a week of just me and him again, first time in nearly a year (since being on maternity leave).  Only bad thing was the weather, almost constant rain so we were trapped in the house.  But bad weather seems to be what we're in for now, sadly.  It's literally rained every day since we bought our garden furniture 3 weeks ago, sorry folks! 

The good news is that over the last week or so I planted some seeds (for the first time as a grown up!) and they’ve started sprouting up really well! They’re mammoth sweet peas, it won’t be long before I need to pot them up. I’m so chuffed with them!  I also planted some snapdragons at the weekend, so I'm really hoping they'll pop up too :)

Anyway, normal service is now resumed on the blog, I’ll catch up again in the next couple days 

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Silent Sunday #4

Squidge on Daddy's shoulders at Bristol Zoo
On Daddy's shoulders at Bristol Zoo right by the lion enclosure - about 3 months ago

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Silent Sunday #3

Squidge in his whale shirt

Happy times in his whale shirt with Daddy - about a year ago

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Silent Sunday #2

The first time Squidge dipped his toes in the ocean
The first time Squidge dipped his toes in the ocean, about a year ago

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

The removal

Boxes in the new house
Surrounded by boxes in the new house

Back when we had our offer accepted on the house, I set about trying to find a removal company. We knew there was too much to do ourselves, so thought we’d enlist the professionals to do it.

After a search for a way to compare removal companies, I found a site called reallymoving.com. You put in your details – so addresses you’re moving from and to, plus size of the house you’re moving from and hit ‘Get my quotes’.  When I did this, I was given a list of about 5-8 quotes/estimates. Customers can and are encouraged to leave reviews for the companies they’ve used (both positive and negative).  Three of the quoted companies contacted me to come over and do a more accurate quote.

I knew just from reading the reviews which company I wanted to do the removal, there were some really long and heartfelt ones that really resonated with me, and didn’t look made-up.

When they came to quote they were really polite and friendly too, so we decided to pick them.  The company we used was called Intercity Removals, based in Cardiff, so local to where we were moving to and from.

Intercity removals carrying out our removal
The removal men beavering away

When I eventually contacted them to book them it was at really short notice (about a week), and on a day when they knew they were really busy.  They bent over backwards to accommodate us, but didn’t make me feel bad for it either.

They were due to turn up at 8:30, but bang on 8am they turned up and immediately started loading the vans (we had 2 x 3.5 tonne luton vans).  They worked almost solidly through until just before 1pm and went off to meet us at the next house.

Given that we were still frantically packing the last bits and bobs, and beyond exhausted, they went above and beyond the call of duty in helping us pack up the last few bits, and not once complaining or letting out an annoyed sigh, they just got on with it to get the job done.

We started moving into the next house at about 2:30 and they were done by about 6:45 (there was a lot to unload!).  I honestly can’t sing their praises enough, they were professional, friendly and really hard workers, and for a decent price (we paid about £500, which included dismantling some furniture and reassembling it on the other side). 

Worth their weight in gold.
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Moving home

packing our old house, and an empty house

Moving day has finally happened! Oh my golly gosh was it stressful though.  We ended up not exchanging contracts until the day before we were due to move (Friday 27th), at which point we were so busy packing there was no time to celebrate.

All in all we spent 4 days packing (Tues, Weds, Thurs and a little of Friday) – from around 8am through until about 10pm each day.  The last couple days we had much needed help from the hubby’s mum too – we literally wouldn’t have been packed in time otherwise.  Tip for next time – start earlier! We couldn’t really have done it any earlier in the house we were in, as there was nowhere to store packed stuff – we could have coped if it was just the hubby and I, but not with Squidge around too, it was too unsafe.

I’ll write a separate post about the removal process, how we picked the company we used, and what they were like (spoiler – they were awesome!). But in short, we’d always use a removal company from now on… more on that later.

walls needing painting
Every wall in the house needs re-painting as they're all grubby like this

Our wardrobe in the master bedroom
Our IKEA Hemnes wardrobe looks great in the new bedroom - weird en-suite with no door, WTF?

Squidge's nursery with the cot
Squidge's cot so neatly fits in the nook

Our dining room covered in boxes
Boxes, boxes everywhere!!!!

So far, we’ve been in for less than a week and all we have unpacked is the kitchen.  We’re both so exhausted from the move and packing that whenever we get 5 mins to ourselves (like when Squidge naps) we crash on the sofa. How does anyone unpack with a toddler around? We’ve found that we’re conflicted about how to unpack certain rooms, like the lounge, as it needs a lot of plaster chipping off for damp work to be done, and soon, so we don’t really want to unpack as we’ll have to move it all again soon anyway. So we’re living among a lot of boxes right now.

Squidge exploring the garden for the first time
First explores of the garden

Squidge having snacks in the garden
Eating snacks in the garden on day 1

Squidge on his squirrel trike
His ELC Squirrel trike - possibly his favourite thing in the world!

Squidge watering plants
Watering the plants with Daddy

We haven’t found anything that doesn’t work either, like, there’s light bulbs that need to be replaced, but everything that needs to work does, which is great. The biggest challenge is trying to work out how to use the oven as the previous owners managed to wipe away all the markings through their cleaning – I’ve contacted the maker to see if they can help : )

New garden with outside lights on
Our beautiful new garden looking stunning at dusk with the outside lights on

So other than still having to tell a gazillion people that we’ve moved, and unpack the house, we’re in and very happy : ) It’s a lovely house and we’re all managing to sleep well in there which is great.

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