Sunday, 22 April 2012

Catching Up

Hello there dear readers, if , in fact, any of you are still around ! I'm afraid I have neglected my blog dreadfully recently, all my good intentions felled in one swoop by the dreaded 'house move' !!

Those of you who have been following for some time will be aware of my daughters impending divorce and the sale of the house. This meant that I would have to move as I currently reside in a 'Granny flat' at my daughters home.

It was decided that we would all go our separate ways and , as you can imagine, the logistics of such a move have been rather difficult to arrange. Urgency crept into the equation when the house sold extremely quickly and I was in danger of becoming homeless, of flinging myself on the charity and  'kindness of strangers' , but luckily OH and I found a place in a charming little village in East Yorkshire, an area with which we are very familiar.

And so it began, the packing , the dreaded packing ! I cannot believe how much 'stuff' I have accumulated ! Stuff that seems essential, that seems impossible to discard, impossible to live without ! However, the existence of such 'stuff' is brought severely into question when I am faced with sorting it and packing it and then finding room to store the boxes.. I write this, surrounded by full boxes and packing cases and the thing is ............... I can't really see where its all come from !  There  seems to be an awful lot still to pack !

I haven't even started on my clothes. OH did his a couple of days ago, managing to fill two black bags for the Charity shops in the process. Now his wardrobe and drawers contain only that which he will need for the next few days.  I have five wardrobes, twelve drawers and various boxes under beds and in cupboards, all containing clothes that hardly see the light of day but cannot be discarded ............. I may need them someday.
Doesn't everyone need over forty jackets  ? And I dare not count my skirts. Hat boxes sit precariously on tops of cupboards and as for my handbags ........................... I could re-stock Selfridges !

Yes, I suppose you could say that I have been a conspicuous consumer, but it has all been accumulated over many years and is all good quality and I can remember the purchase of almost all the items, they all hold memories.

But, I have only mentioned my personal 'stuff'.  I also have had to sort through a veritable 'library' of books and me, being me , there is the danger of discovering a long lost 'treasure' , beginning to read the first chapter and then suddenly realising, hours later, that it is dinner time and nothing has been done !

And so dear readers, I am now left with very little time and a mountain still to climb. We are down to just a couple of plates, cups, pans etc. in the kitchen . Spare towels, bed-linen , cushions and such are all packed. The spare bed has been stripped and dismantled and now the room resembles a warehouse, with packed containers piled high. My shed has been emptied of my art equipment and my easel leans morosely against the wall. and you can, I am sure, understand why I have been AWOL from Blogger.

I am about to embark on a new chapter of my life and will keep you all posted of my progress . Hopefully, once I am settled, I will be back with my silly stories. But now I must go into my dressing room and try to work my way through a life time of clothes ...................... I wonder if I should phone the Arts Council and ask if I can get funding to start a sort of  Museum, there must be quite a few of you out there with far too much clothing and a dread of throwing it away !!

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  1. OMG I have often thought what I would do faced with a house move, and decided to try and think that way when next going through cupboards etc but it never quite works!!! I too have too many clothes etc all packed away for the day when I know I will be heard to say ' I have the perfect....to go with that', well you never know.
    Such a tiring, emotional, upsetting yet exciting time, keep us informed of this journey xxx

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    1. I certainly will, Jackie ! And thank you for always taking the time to comment. Take care hun !

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  2. I know that feeling so much. I found things I hadn't seen for years when we packed. I haven't the heart to throw them. As you say, they have fond memories attached.
    My only advice is check the attic if you have one. It wasn't till a couple of years later I realised I left all my collectable record collection. It was part of my teenage years. All the hard to find ones, I bought!
    Never mind. I came to the conclusion... You don't need the items to remember the good times. Memories take up little space...only that in your head.
    Good Luck and speak soon
    Daisy xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Aw, thanks Daisy ! I'm afraid I have always been a bit of a squirrel ! LOL

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  3. Blimey I don't envy you! Just reading it made me terrified! I am very resistant to change of any kind! It must be worse if you leave the country don't you think? You have built up a houseful of things you like and you can't take them with you or replace them in your new country! I don't think I will ever move from where I live now! I have been inspired by your blog to stay put!!!!

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    1. Yes, you make a good point about moving abroad ! Although if I was going somewhere exotic like Goa or Montego Bay it would be worth the effort .................. or I would just leave it all behind !!!!!

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  4. Wow, what a mission. Good luck :) I must say I am very jealous of all your clothes. Any size 12s you want to post down to me? :)
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    1. Size 12s and size 10s honey !! And 3 to 4 in a shoe !! Thank you for the good wishes . xx

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  5. My thoughts are with you. Good luck and enjoy this new chapter of life!

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    1. Thank you so much honey. I'm sure I will have plenty to blog about !!

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  6. Mmmm....Just caught up with you...So you moved....Most interesting! Hugs!

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