Today we sold our car and it was emotional. Not that we’re particularly attached to the car, though it has been a good car, but its the first part of our move that has really been tangible. Our house is a tip, but that could be any day we’ve decided to have a clean out, and yes we’ve been very busy and very stressed trying to make sure we’ve thought of everything and made all the right phone calls, but its the car that really hit home, or questioned what a home is.
The whole concept of moving is undeniably stressful and significantly more so than the weddings last year. The comfort of our current home is currently being slowly ripped apart, every little thing sparks a memory and every little difficulty becomes an argument. That said, the excitement of another adventure and another phase of life every so often catches us unawares and the thought of being amongst our friends and family in the UK counters the fears of leaving those here. Needless to say wherever we are we’ll be in touch, all that changes is the frequency and type of contact we have.
Ok, so not sure where I’m going with the above. So will drastically stop and change tack.
Yes we’re moving to the UK, we arrive back home (or second home depending on your viewpoint) on 12 May at some horrible hour of the morning, not that it matters as we’ll be jetlagged despite spending a couple of days in Singapore on our way over. Then who knows, it’ll sort itself out….
…Well, it won’t but we’ve got enough to do here without figuring out any more at this stage. The house will be packed for us and the cats sent to the breeder before they join us in July (we didn’t realise the process for them is a lot longer than for us, even without quarantine).
Not only have we been moving but that hasn’t stopped us continuing some normality of life here. We’ve just got back from Samoa, from what will be a lovely resort once they’ve finished the refurbishment from the Tsunami last year. We had a great time not doing much of anything. Photos will follow shortly.
We’ve also managed a few days on the south island with Angus and Helen at the end of their trip. Robbie and I managed a plane, a train, an automobile, a boat and two bicycles, as well as a little time on our own two feet. Joining Angus and Helen in Nelson, we travelled to Renwick (and spent a gruelling afternoon riding 25km around the Vineyards, thankful to collapse at the wonderful little vineyard where we stayed at the end of the day – Korohi Vineyard, which we thoroughly recommend), and then travelled down to Kaikoura where we left them to continue to ChCh
Our own journey took us back on the TranzScenic railway to Picton, then ferry through the Sounds back to Wellington. We basked in the wonderful weather, with the exception of our day in Kaikoura, where thankfully it didn’t matter.
We put a selection of photos from March and April pre Samoa which you can see from the insightfully named March-April section of the menu bar (go to Photos, 2010)