I’m sorry for the unexpected hiatus in posting – I hadn’t thought about the fact that my mother’s internet would be disconnected for the house move, which meant that I had no wifi – or phone signal come to that – for two straight days this Friday & Saturday.
The only way in which I could get a 3G & phone signal was to drive to a single track country lane two miles away on top of a hill….that didn’t drive me crazy at all. Oh no.
The whole trauma of moving twenty-five years worth of family possessions into a house 1/4 of the size is still being processed by me. I may or may not come back to this at a later date. But, suffice to say, my mother’s new place is really lovely, much bigger than I had expected, with masses of storage and a very good garden. I actually (never thought I’d say this) think it is nicer in many ways that the big house we have just sold. It’s certainly more convenient in many ways, and I think my mother had grown past the old one. It was just way too much for her to manage – and us, after the divorce. Not to mention the fact that it swallowed all the money on upkeep.
Bye bye house.
The unpacking will go on for weeks, I suspect. I started to develop shooting pains in my right wrist after three hours straight of unwrapping china, so I’m giving that a rest for a while. Meanwhile the kettle & toaster remain elusive, but I count my mother fortunate that we managed to find the bedding to enable us to go to bed!
Right, I’m off to drive back to Northamptonshire – I borrowed my father’s Jeep to drive down to London this morning to drop off a beautiful 1960s Heal’s chrome & glass dining table that was in the dining room on the left above, but which didn’t fit into either parent’s new house, and which I am determined to fit into mine. It’s a beautiful piece of design which has been our high days & holiday dining table all my life. I also have to go to the Royal Free to drop off a Zimmer frame, wheelchair & crutches from my sister’s various accidents which had ended up at the house and which in all conscience I couldn’t just put on the skip.
(I am so done with driving, but still have to get my car back down to London tonight.)