The New World Order - Days 1 to 4
Thursday 21 April - Day 1 - Loading Benington into a truck!
We have spent the last week or two boxing everything up as carefully and sensibly as possible. Now it was time for the lads to arrive with the truck and take over. First time I'd seen the truck, and now thankful we had booked a companion van as I'm sure that thing will not get up the track to Fronrhydd.
It was an emotional day starting with Andrea (house opposite) in tears as she said her goodbyes, Sarah (next door) refusing to say goodbye because she didn't want to do the same, and a fond farewell and house-warming gift from Karen, our other next door neighbour. It was sad to leave such lovely people behind, but I'm sure we will keep in touch, and they will be welcome in Wales any time!
Once all was packed we drove to Wales, and the start of our next big adventure. We arrived at Fronrhydd early evening, with our fingers firmly crossed. When we left a couple of weeks ago, the power had tripped just before leaving, and we were unable to get everything back on. Fortunately all the circuits came on without tripping, so we had light, heat, etc. Got an electrician booked for following day, in case we were left in the lurch, so will be interesting to see what he has to say about the state of the place - we are bracing ourselves for the worst!
Friday 22nd April - Day 2 - Emptying a Truck into Fronrhydd
Bit of a false start to the morning. We were up bright and early after a good nights sleep, expecting the truck at 8 ish. No sign at 9 still, so I called the office. They were in Swansea? No problem apparently, but they didn't have a phone number to reach me on, so were unable to tell me they stayed at a truck stop down that way and would be with us at 10.
The driver turned up at 10:30, and decided to give the lane a go
Was there ever any doubt - the driver is South African!
It was a long day directing the removal men here and there with whatever box they happened to be unloading at the time, but by 3pm they were all done. Fortunately we had enough room for the lorry to turn round in the yard, or he might still have been trying to reverse up the lane as I type.
The men arrived to have a look at the electrics. A sigh of relief when he didn't actually condemn everything, but he did keep showing me the ends of cables going nowhere. He's doing a quote for a proper evaluation, as everything outside the main part of the house appears to be an eclectic mix of both dodgy and downright dodgy!
We got enough together in the Kitchen to survive, and a bed rebuilt for the first night, and that's us pretty much done for the day.
Saturday 23rd April - Day 3 - Establishing a New Norm
We were blessed with a beautiful day, and started to establish a routine. We put a list of priorities up on the board, and tick them off as the day progresses. Tasks tend to get added as the day progresses, but we aim to at least cover those we start the day with, and anything else is a bonus.
The cat has found a new perch with a view on the window sill, and can keep an eye on the birds in the garden, when she chooses to open her eyes. She seems perfectly content in her new place.