I do finally have some news for you but firstly I have to tell you that IT SNOWED. Yes, it really snowed last night - at long last. You need to know that we hardly ever get snow in this neck of the woods to understand how excited we were.
It had been raining all day and then about four o'clock it turned into sleet and then snow. The boys got the sledges out despite the darkness and managed a couple slides down the hill and Tom went out early to get Amber who had gone to the pictures. For some reason he took a spade with him which was just as well as he had to grit a few lanes as he went along. He ended up leaving his car at the top of the hill because it just wouldn't get down. They both walked in hours later with Amber looking completely bedraggled. At fourteen she wasn't exactly dressed for the weather as you can imagine.
By seven it had turned back to rain and just as I was ladling out lasagna the power went out. So all seven of us ate in the dark. Luckily the Aga is on oil so Amber made some toffee popcorn and biscuits and we sat in front of the wood burner all evening eating and playing silly games. It was such fun and all the more so because we had guests. I think the power came back on around 2am.
This morning there was more sledging as there'd been a frost in the night and Rohan even managed to make a snowman:
Now we'll be content for a while I think having had our fill of snow.
To get back to more important matters then, our big news is that we are moving. Moving to the southeast as Tom has been offered a job down there. Back in November he was called by a head hunter and told about this particular job and although he loves being a journalist on a national newspaper he hates being away from home every week. Also papers don't pay that well and the benefits are rubbish. So he decided to go for it and to see what happened. It was such a long process and he met about four or five people right up to the Chairman. We were given the impression that he was the favourite (and maybe only) candidate so we had a long long talk last month about it. I was dying to mention it here but thought that Amber might read one of your comments by chance. I didn't want to tell the children until it was definite. Then finally on Thursday night Tom got the offer and we knew it was on.
As you can imagine it's been a bit stressful thinking that you're probably going but not really sure. We found it hard to concentrate on doing up the stable so in the end we didn't do it as we had planned (the mezzanine floor, electrics etc) leaving that up to the next people. As you know poor Tom did a heck of a lot of cleaning over Christmas as he just felt he was in limbo. Also we were keeping it from the children and friends and that was hard.
Well, I told the children, the school, friends and some neighbours yesterday and everyone has been so shocked. The boys cryed as did our young friend who's now at Uni. Lots of people at school are sad too. I'm really touched that everyone's going to miss us.
As I keep saying to everyone this is just the beginning of another chapter in our lives. It means that Tom will be at home in the evenings, he'll have a proper pension and we'll have more money. It's really sad that we're leaving here especially after all the work we've done on the place. I didn't even get to use the stable as my studio but never mind, it wasn't meant to be I guess. The hardest thing will be leaving my friends.
However, I'm really looking forward to being nearer London if I'm honest and to more opportunities for me. I've loved living in the Cotswolds but it's meant that I've been stuck at home most of the time and now it's time to think of me and see what's around for me to do. I'm not sure at this stage if we'll live in a small town or another village so I think we'll probably sell our house and go down there and rent for a while. I think we'll be about an hour away from the big smoke where we are.
I've got two estate agents coming over on Monday and Tuesday to value the house and this morning we had a phone call from parents at the school who came over to see the house. They loved it of course but need to see how much it'll be. At this rate we may well be moving in mid February. Oh my goodness ...........
I leave you with a picture of King Winter and his minder who seems to spend most of his time sleeping (and not minding):