Friday, 2 October 2020

There and back again......

 I am sorry for the lapse in time since my last blog. No excuse, other than that there were no words in my head to write with......but here I am, and the good news is that Lester has made the trip down to SW France to retrieve our personal possessions, and then made it back to Shropshire with no bumps or knocks to either himself or the van. 2000 miles, in three days, leaving at 6am on Thursday and getting back 10pm Saturday, with the van loaded with boxes, instruments, the lawnmower, and some flat packed furniture. The 'posh' furniture stayed at the farm, to be sold with the house. There is no room for it in our new life. 

I think Lester is a hero. Apart from our clothes, it was mostly my crafting equipment which he brought back, plus my collection of notebooks of writings, and camera related equipment. It is good to have it back. I feel less like having half of me in England and half of me still in France. It was a very divided feeling.

Meanwhile, we are going through another series of adjustments as we leave go of Labartere, our smallholding in SW France, which has sort of faded from our life now that Lester has made the trip. I find it amazing how we keep adjusting to all the ups and downs of 2020, although we are feeling worn out with all the effort it has taken. We need some quiet time now to repair ourselves, before we start searching for our own house. Even though the cottage is a very nice place to be staying in, we are always aware that it belongs to somebody else.

......meanwhile, I am making a mess everywhere! There are partly unpacked boxes in the garage, with just four more to open so I can investigate there contents. When I packed them back in March, it was necessary to try and keep the boxes at a  minimum because of having to load them into a van for transport. So it was higgledy piggledy packing I did, with things put here and there as room in the boxes became available. Therefore there is no order. So........ I have to unpack them here, sort out what we need and what can be left in the boxes for our next move, which then have to be resealed in case little living things decide to cosy up for the winter in them. 

Only one large dustbin bag, filled with cushions, was found to be a possible hotel for larger 'little' living things (rats.....the evidence being the size of their toilet leavings).  A peek inside the dustbin bag, .....a very quick closure of the same bag, ......and a quick exit outside of the garage for the bag in case any French rats were wanting to rehome themselves.....better to have them outside rather than enjoying the comfort of the boxes. 

So..... the garage is full of unpacked boxes, and the house has bits and pieces all over it as I rehome things, in particular there is a traffic jam at the foot of the stairs as most of the things needing rehoming is my stuff. Since the stairs and me are new to each other, ( we lived on the ground floor for thirteen years so my legs forgot how to 'do' stairs)  the effort of taking the stuff  up the stairs is taking a time. I have put the things in plastic supermarket bags for ease of transport. There are quite a few bags at the foot of the stairs. It might take a time to get the backlog done with, the amount of bags going up the stairs being determined by the number of loo runs I do. We have an upstairs loo. One of the requirements for our next house is that it must have a downstairs loo. Although it is fair to say that my legs have benefitted from the exercise. 

Signing off for now, 

Vx



 

14 comments:

Denise said...

I’m going to pass comment on the possibility of some French stowaways, Vera, but I’d have done exactly the same with that cushion bag! Bravo to Lester, for his truly heroic adventure. I’m glad you are reunited with your important bits, and can start feeling like your new home for the next part of your pathway is here. x

northsider said...

It sounds like a bungalow, single storey cottage would be a suitable new home Vera. We built a bungalow and like living on one level.

Rosalea said...

He sure is a Hero, since he brought back your crafting and writing stuff! I can relate to that 'divided feeling', as we lived for a couple of months with just the basics, the rest in storage when we sold our house. A mouse did get into our storage unit, and the only irreparable damage it did was chewing the hem of my favourite knit top...Murphy's Law!! You have your work cut out for you, but it will be fun re-discovering your stuff.

Vera said...

DENISE, we are feeling very cosy in the cottage, despite it being full of bit and pieces which have yet to find a home. AND Lester has replaced the French plug on my piano for an English plug, so we are going to do some music making later on today. I am going to be filled with the joyfulness of making music again........good luck with the jam and chutney making....x

Vera said...

NORTHSIDER DAVE: we are thinking about a bungalow because they normally have a lot of garden surrounding them, but it would have to be quite big because we do need office space, although we could always build on in time. We also liked living on one level on our farm in France, although going up and down stairs does exercise my legs.....

Vera said...

ROSALEA: Although I still have a lot of tidying up to do, I am still very happy and content that all of my personal stuff is now in England with me. There was a time when we thought that we would never be able to collect it, and the thought of having someone go through the boxes of my possessions was very alarming to me, especially my writing notes. So happy now!

Rhodesia said...

Well done Lester. We left RSA in 2002 for the UK, bought in France in 2005 and I still have some boxes in the barn!!!

I hope that you soo manage to sell in France. Good luck and take care Diane

Vera said...

RHODESIA, we really down sized with our boxes, and I am hoping that when we do finally get to our own house that all the boxes will be unpacked! Thanks, Diane. I am really glad to be back in the UK, mostly because of the lower temperatures they have here!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Lester is a hero! I have made a similar drive (1900 miles in 28 hours) and he has nothing but my awe and respect, especially in bringing the important things back.

If I am not too forward, it will be good for both you to have some down time. 2020 has been a tough year for the best of us, let alone all that you have gone through.

I would say, on the whole, I am a fan of lower temperatures as well.

Vera said...

TOIRDHEALBHEACH BEUCAIL, bless you for your kind words. I, also, think we need to have some down time to catch up with ourselves. Apparently SW France, where we used to live, had a temperature of forty degrees last week....so glad that we are not having to endure that heat any more!

Hope your changes are also manifesting ......

Tommo said...

Impressive drive by Lester. Sounds like you both refuse to be defeated in this transitional period. It must be difficult. Stay tough. Keep happy.

Vera said...

TOMMO: Thanks.....it is not easy, but then everyone has had a difficult time of late! Hope everything is OK in your corner of the World.

Travel said...

It is good to hear from you, glad to hear you are all on one side of the channel

Vera said...

TRAVEL: ....and we are glad to be back and away from those high temperatures of SW France! Hope you are well.