Well, it's nearly 11pm and I'm surrounded by boxes ans I still haven't packed an overnight bag for any of us yet. The packers/removals people came on Friday and packed a whole load of stuff that we didn't need over the weekend and they're back in the morning to finish off and load up.
We should be out of here by tea time or as long as it takes to clean the house. I've enlisted the help of an older friend who I'm paying to help us speed up the process. Tomorrow night we're staying at my sister's before we drive over to the new (rented) house. And that is it. Today was the last normal day in the house and we're off to start our new lives. I've had a succession of visitors over the week saying goodbye and although it's really sad leaving good friends, a beautiful house and a great village I know it's time to move on. Time to start the next chapter in our lives as I keep telling the children.
I guess it'll take all week to unpack but I'm going to try and have the computer up and running by the weekend so I'll take my leave from you all for a few days whilst I help my family to settle and get the children ready for their new school on Thursday. Poor Rohan keeps asking me "what if I don't make any friends?"
Thanks for all your words of encouragement and support concerning our move and thanks too for allowing me to get personal on this here blog. The comments and emails that I got were greatly treasured and helped me a lot. It's funny but a friend pointed out an article in The Times at the weekend about a book written by a Sikh man about his traditional upbringing in the Midlands. The article is here and you can bet that I've pre-ordered it on Amazon. How timely. (Do take a look at his book as he's a brilliant writer.) Another book if anyone is interested in the history of Asians and West Indians in this country is Black British, White British by Dilip Hiro. I read it years ago and it really helped me to understand my parents and more importantly about the expectations that West Indians had when they came to this country and why they were so disappointed. A great book for race relations - I wish everyone would read it.
Anyway, I'm getting all preachy now - must have got second wind. Cross your fingers for a painless departure from here and the children not getting too upset ...............
I'll leave you with some random pics of the beautiful village that I'm leaving:
and my lovely kitchen:
and how will I survive without my Aga:
Gotta drag myself away now ladies ............................