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The story where we move into our first owned home

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We've moved in!

If you’ve been wondering where my blog posts have been recently, I’ll explain.  The house move entirely took over our lives for the past few weeks!  A completion date was finally set (four weeks late) and we had two weeks to pack the entire house, organise vans, sell the bulk of our old furniture and find new furniture.  It was all a little crazy and seemed absolutely nonstop whilst working evenings and only passing over with Ben for ten minutes most days meaning we had to try and organise everything via text; just a tad stressful!

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Only two weeks until we have our oven delivered!

The move took most of move day as we could not collect keys until after 2pm.  We luckily managed to get everything in one van and even squished two new sofas onto the back!  Apparently Ben and his brother provided great entertainment to an audience of Next Outlet staff!   They somehow managed to get a three seat and two seat sofa vertically onto the back of one very full van!

Two weeks on and we have managed to tear half the garden out, fill a huge pond, saw a couple of trees down, purchase almost all our new house furniture, paint the darkest blue bedroom white, white wash most walls, install a new bath and tile the bathroom, laminate one floor, add new skirting and fill the largest skip ever!  Phew!

My office is also coming along nicely.  The bedroom of our old house was turning into my stockroom with boxes appearing everywhere and the bed/floor was my packing station/office.  It was definitely not very practical.  Thankfully (and very luckily) I now have a converted garage room which makes a rather roomy office space.  I have so far installed a white corner desk/packing station, two sets of white/colourful storage units and a totally amazing purple fake leather quilted office chair.  I’m feeling very at home in my new work space already even though the walls still need painting, lights changing and decor purchasing!

I also could not blog as our internet was not installed.  It was due to be installed two Mondays ago when an engineer came out to fix a phone line.  I rely on the internet for my blog and online shop so we ensured we booked the installation as soon as we found out our move date.  Sky told us everything was in working order the next day even sending a text to say our broadband was active.  Well, we had nothing, not even a dial tone.  After several calls and a lady thankfully looking through all the notes, we discovered the engineer noted he couldn’t complete the job as we needed to go out; a total load of rubbish as we were home all day and evening.  The time of his note was 4.45pm so it would appear he just wanted to clock off for the day.  What cheek!  Another engineer was sent out one week later, but still no internet!  Luckily a third came today who actually fixed the problem.  Yippee! 

I finally feel connected to the outside world again.  We don’t even have 3G here (well a connection occasionally appears on our bathroom windowsill)!  It’s mad how much we rely on the internet nowadays.  We felt unable to do most things as we use it so much.  We needed plumbers, electricians, window cleaners, tilers, furniture, to update addresses, the lot!  Google would always usually be our first port of call for such things.  I jumped for joy when a Thomson Local fell through the door but was shocked to discover only one window cleaner listed!  I suppose everyone just lists themselves on the internet nowadays (just to add to our frustration).  How on earth did anyone cope before the internet and Google?!  Annoyingly I rang most companies to update my address only to be repeatedly told ‘You know it’s much quicker and easier to do this online’.  Yes thanks.  I do know.  Probably a lot cheaper than all these 08 calls from my mobile too!  Thanks for this well known info, sigh!

All is well now.  Well, we still have a house load of work to do but I’m back online and in my totally fabulous new office!  I very much look forward to blogging and selling fab accessories from this new space, whilst also escaping from the madness of our building site resembling new house!