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Our second junior visitor, plus a visit from the IKEA fairy

November 14, 2004 at 2:33 pm

Having made what we thought would be a quick trip to the Brentwood IKEA (Diwalli traffic meant it actually took AGES to get there) on Saturday we are now the proud owners of 4 "Leksvik" DVD shelving units, a "Leksvik" CD cabinet and a lovely coffee table – bet you can’t guess what type that was?!? Henry put them all together this afternoon, which meant we could finally unpack the CDs and DVDs, meaning we only have about 2 boxes left to unpack.

Other things we achieved this weekend include hanging new curtains in the spare bedroom, a new lampshade in the main bedroom (not that it’s much of an achievement I guess) and we have brand new blinds for the front room as well, though Henry is too knackered to put those up today!!

I can say with some certainty that we’re both feeling like the place is much more homely now, although a visit from Ros and Keith (and little Barney) proved that it’s definitely not a baby-friendly flat. It took two of us to get the pram back up the steps again, so I suspect that at the first sign of bun-in-oven shenanigans we will have to move – not that we’re planning I should add, but who knows what life will throw at you…

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Resumption of services

November 11, 2004 at 2:29 pm

When we bought this flat, we were expecting lots of challenges and hurdles, but never in our wildest nightmares could we have anticipated what we have had to put up with for the past 6 days. Yes, it’s true, we had no television reception. Zero. Zilch. Nothing. I’m not quite sure how we coped – no Neighbours, no Property Ladder, no Little Britain. To be quite honest the previous 6 days have all just blurred together in to one big lack of TV nothingness…

But today saw the resumption of life as we know it. A delightful South African man and his friend came over and strapped the biggest mother-hubbard of an Aerial I’ve ever seen on to the top of the house. We now have crystal clear reception, although it doesn’t seem to have improved the quality of programming on ITV. Never mind though eh?!

Today also saw the re-connecting of the tephelone line (same number as before) and a man who came to fix the (brand new) washing machine. So not only are we reconnected to the world via the means of television, we’re also connected via the Telephone, the Internet (albeit very slow) and the magic of not smelling so bad. Hallelujiah, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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More visitors, and lots more unpacking.

November 8, 2004 at 2:24 pm

Today was a day of mixed emotions. On the positive side we received more visitors, this time in the shape of Henry’s parents. They bought with them lots more furniture – big thanks for that – and then we all went out for lunch at the Belle and Dragon. Not only was this a nice occassion because of the move, it was also the first time both sets of parents had met – queue much teasing and talk of future weddings. Geez, let us get our house sorted first!

The latter half of the day saw more interesting developments with the house. Having asked Dave to swap the manky old kitchen light for a nice new one, we discovered the electric circuits in the house are more than a little dodgy, and we will subsequently have to call out an electrician tomorrow – and probably eat candle-lit dinners for the rest of the week! We also have to find a man to sort the aerial out, as we can’t even get crappy old Channel 5 anymore. Oh well, we’re sure this will just be the start of lots more fun and games to come…!

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Painting and Decorating – the onslaught begins!

November 7, 2004 at 2:19 pm

Day 2 in the flat was spent doing yet more van-loads worth of moving – including the first delivery from the Elliss & Mould garden-centre – plant mangling a guarantee! We also managed to do our first bit of painting – when I say we, I mean Claire – she pretty much did the whole room single handedly, although everyone else chipped in here and there… except Sara, who directed from the sides. As usual.

Highlights of the day including one of Sues amazing (yet massive) casseroles, with enough food to feed the whole street. Although after the tiring day we had, it was greatly appreciated. Low-lights included the realisation that living in two different flats isn’t quite as glamorous as it sounds, especially when it means you’re hoovering dust balls up at 11 o’clock at night.

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Moving in Day – Finally it’s here!

November 6, 2004 at 2:11 pm

We woke up expecting a hard day, and boy did we get that in spades. Thankfully we had a crew of strong and hearty labourers to help out – biggest thanks must today go out to Claire, David, Sue and Keith. Special mentions also to Simon and Rachel, Sheila and John – for the kind donations to our sparse furniture collection.

Highlights of the day were sleeping, the occassional rest between van loads and knowing we still have shed-loads more to do. Low-lights of the day included realising the only channel we could get on the Telly was Five, featuring the classic Jason and the Argonaughts. Let’s face it, it couldn’t get much worse from here on in… could it?

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Remember, remember, today is exchange and complete day!!

November 5, 2004 at 2:04 pm

Well, contrary to what we had previously thought, exchanging and completing wasn’t half as exciting as we thought. The solicitor called at about 9.30am and told me all the funds were ready, and that he would be completing any second now. Well, that was a bit of an anti-climax if ever there was one!

So, I (Henry) then spent the rest of the morning waiting for the new Futon to be delivered, after which I was able to go down to the (useless) Estate Agents to collect the Key. We’ve just got back from looking round the flat again to check what needs doing before we go back later this evening with Sara’s mum, and it’s all looking good. The electricity works, as does the water and gas. We can’t figure out how to open the garage yet, but since we couldn’t get up on to the curb anyway, it won’t matter for a while!

Later on in the day we took Susan and Claire to see the flat, and then received our first tiny visitor – no, not a rat, a William! Accompanied by Ben and Katy of course. Note the bottom photo – six (plus the photopgrapher) people in our kitchen – wouldn’t have been even close to possible in our old place. Roll on the parties…

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Exchange and Completion day set, packing in full swing!

November 1, 2004 at 5:54 pm

sWell, we’ve definitely got an exchange and complete day sorted – Friday the 5th of November, or as everyone else calls it, Henry Ni… I mean Guy Fawkes night. It’s all getting very near now, and even though we’ve technically been packing for about a month, it’s all speeding up a bit now – we’re living in cardboard box land. I also got a bit bored and decided to do an aerial photo map showing where the new flat is – don’t ask me why, I just felt like it. I went by the flat this morning on the way home from the dentist, and was relieved to see it was still standing – there was even a load of BT engineers fitting a new telephone pole outside. They must be preparing the area for our arrival – I shouldn’t be surprised if they organise a street party in our honour… :)

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Our second viewing of the property, this time with camera!

August 17, 2004 at 1:13 pm

Here are some rather ‘interesting’ photos of our second more comprehensive look around the flat. This is where Henry was trying to convince me that we wanted to move into this property. So he did his usual Japanese tourist impression and this is the result. We’re both getting excited now as the prospect of no more waiting is dawning. Although I’m not sure which Henry is more excited about, the physical labour of moving or updating this website! Feel free to join us on the journey from dump to palace with some old clothes in tow and a paintbrush at anytime, as you can see, we’ll need all the help and advice we can get!

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