1st August 2010

Rick and I knew we would be moving at the end of September. The wheels had been set in motion in June and we had mutually agreed to move three months later. It had suited us as we had plenty of time to prepare for the move. The last few weeks before the move we began to feel restless. I started packing up slowly and it gave me a chance to get rid of stuff we no longer wanted or needed.

A week before the move we travelled to sign up the paperwork. It was one of those days that were as horrendous due to traffic. It was a relief to get to our destination so we could drop off boxes to the house we would be moving to.  We loaded up belongings of the lady into our car to do the same for her. From there we went to the office where the paperwork needed to be signed. Unfortunately the officer who was dealing with this had been called out for a change of lock at one of the housing association houses. We were asked to go back an hour later so we all went off to book the van and pay the deposit for it.

When we got back the officer still wasn’t there so another one dealt with it. We were relieved as it meant we didn’t have to hang around any longer than necessary. Fortunately our housing association officer had arranged to come to our home to deal with the paperwork our end. We left for home with the lady following up as she and her partner were going to stop on route for something to eat.

The following week went much quicker than I expected. There wasn’t much for us to do as we had been organised. On Thursday 24th September we were up early to get everything out ready for the move. The weather was dry so we were able to get everything out on the driveway.

At about 9 am Rick rang to see how the other end were getting on. They were still loading so he went off to help them finish and to come back to help our end. He took the pets with him as he had arranged for his eldest sister to look after them until we got back. As the weather was so warm we decided it was for the best to do it this way. Fortunately I had company as his cousin was helping us.

It was a long morning waiting although it was broken up with neighbours having a chat. Late morning the sister of the lady we were exchanging with turned up with her car filled with plants. Her daughter and her boyfriend also arrived with one cat as the other had disappeared so the lady was waiting for that one to appear. The plants were put through to the back garden and the cat into one of the bedrooms. The daughter and her boyfriend didn’t stay long and the sister had a chat for a little while before taking herself off to look round town.

Eventually the van turned up about midday although the lady followed up later as she was waiting for her cat. She made the mistake of going through the Blackwall Tunnel and there had been an accident so got delayed. Rick had left the dogs and cat at the other house and his eldest sister was looking after them.

It was a relief to get the van unloaded then loaded with our belongings. I could hardly believe how many plants were coming off the back of the van.  I had also been warned that quite a few belongings had been left and would be collected another day. All morning it had felt like we were never going to get moving so it was a relief to get going. A neighbour and his son were also helping us so we knew it wouldn’t take too long to get unloaded the other end.

We were well organised so it didn’t take us long to get straight. Once the furniture was where we wanted I did a bit each day and used the spare bedroom for storing boxes. We were hindered a bit though over the next week as the lady’s boyfriend made several trips to collect the last of her belongings.

The move wasn’t completely hassle free for us. We had arranged for the telephone and internet to be connected the day we moved. Unfortunately the engineer turned up before we got there and the lady refused him entry. We were then told that both would be connected on the 1st October but the day before we got a message stating that the appointment had been cancelled. The next one was for the 6th October and the telephone was connected but the internet wasn’t.

Over the next couple of weeks we had one excuse after another. The only thing we knew for certain was the provider kept trying to connect the internet to the wrong number. Eventually we got so fed up that Rick contacted B.T. who were willing to provide us with broadband. It was a relief to get connected finally as we had been making do with going to the library and pay as you go.


About Philippa

I am married to Rick and we live in a small town in County Durham. We have two dogs, a cat and two budgies. I am also an adoption survivor. In 1981 my son was born and I was then forced to surrender him. It took 23 years and reunion for my to find out that my son's adoption was legally known as a forced adoption and illegal but social workers got away with it because mothers didn't know their rights.
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