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The big move, part 1

After weeks of packing and anticipation the big day drew closer. Lots of time wrapping and packing

Surrounded by boxes!

Surrounded by boxes with the hippos looking on in anticipation

Ian still found time to go running, mostly going early morning before the stifling heat and humidity got going. Didn’t make much difference to his sweatiness though, eugh!

Ian always wants a big hug when he gets back from a run. I tell him NO!!

Ian always wants a big hug when he gets back from a run. I tell him NO!!

The day for the removals lorry finally arrived. Everything was ready, although the guys had their work cut out with steps up to the house, then the stairs in the house too. We managed to keep them well supplied with tea, coffee, juice and choccy biccies and Jaffa cakes.

All our belongings disappearing into the lorry to go into storage - we weren't sure at that point when we would see it all again.

All our belongings disappearing into the lorry to go into storage - we weren't sure at that point when we would see it all again.

Once the house was empty i began wondering whether there was anything i would miss about Hatfield – i haven’t lived here very long and not being a town sort of girl i can’t say that i have really formed any sort of affection for the place. That being said though the neighbours are lovely – Molly and John on one side and Joan and John on the other side – will miss them. I’ve also made quite a few friends while working and socialising in the area – i’ll especially miss the girls at Sinclairs and the folks at HIBT.

There isn’t really any comparison between Hatfield and the Isle of South Uist which will now be our home. So, what will i miss about England:-

My lovely family and friends

One of our family get-togethers

One of our family get-togethers

I will definitely miss being able to come back from one of our trips abroad and phoning up the employment agency and getting work within a week – over the last 4 winters i have found really good jobs, no problem at all.

I suppose i will miss trees

The view from the house in Hatfield - bit different from South Uist ;-)

The view from the house in Hatfield - bit different from South Uist ;-)

Probably shouldn’t say this but will miss regularly ogling the young man in the house opposite who was invariably walking round indoors totally starkers. Well a girl has to look doesn’t she ;-D  No photo of this one though – darn where is me long lens when i need it…

Things i WON’T miss

My two most hated “down south” experiences have to be the Dartford Crossing and the M25 – if i never see them again it will be way too soon!

Normal day on the M25

Normal day on the M25

I won’t miss crowds and people everywhere.

I won’t miss Christmas being thrust upon me from mid-August onwards

So, we’re all packed up, the house is empty and we’re ready to hand over the keys to the new owners.

Just our fold-up chairs left. A long day and time for a beer or two now

Just our fold-up chairs left. A long day and time for a beer or two now

Still have an internet connection so may as well make the most of it...

Still have an internet connection so may as well make the most of it...

Ian says goodbye to his house.

Ian says goodbye to his house.

So, we’re homeless now as the house in South Uist isn’t ours for another week. We have all our essentials with us: Binoculars, telescopes, ringing gear, moth trap, camera, laptop, fold-up chairs, picnic table, pots and pans. It’s off up to Shropshire for the weekend to see my family, then the hard work begins as we head back south to fit a kitchen for Ian’s mum. Goodbye Hatfield, i don’t suppose i’ll visit you again…

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