It has been a while. Many things have happened in the past few months the most important one probably being that the monkeys and I moved house. Well we moved into another house, removal men moved most of the stuff although I did make quite a few trips picking up the last bits and bobs. It was a long and hard process but we got there and we are already feeling very much at home.
There is lots to do and no doubt will show some of the changes here. I really enjoy moving house, it always gives me a real thrill, starting afresh, making changes to the home and I love the smell of new paint. The monkeys however are not so keen on moving house and have been really unsettled for a number of years. They feel so much happier now that they think (who knows?) they can stay here forever.
The house has a wonderful history and feels very homely. The fact that we feel so at ease has been helped by the lovely neighbours next door and across the road and the sellers. I was always afraid of the process of finding a property in the UK as I find the whole situation daunting. Everyone knows horror stories but luckily I have found some very lovely sellers who have been on stand by in the first few days to see if everything was OK. They've even come to do the garden!
The neighbours have been very welcoming. The first weekend here we found a lovely surprise on our doorstep: sunny daffodils and heart shaped home made biscuits. Isn't that lovely!
They have also been all so helpful, especially last weekend. I had the first mother's day in the house and to be honest mother's day without a father really isn't the same. It basically is like any other day but of course there are the lovely gifts made at school. To be honest the monkeys did try to make it very special for me. In the absence of a father girl monkey had gone shopping for breakfast with the neighbour and the two of them had organised a little something with BB2. On the day itself they made me a lovely breakfast (girl monkey is a master barrista!) and made the day super special by getting up early (!) in order to organise this.
Since moving up north I have really started to value my neighbours and over the years all of them have made my life so much more fun, bearable and practical. There should be a neighbours' day in honour of them!
Since moving in I haven't really had much time to myself so I am now going to put my feet up and read.