Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I'm thinking I should be all philosophical tonight but to be honest It's so long since I've lived in the UK that I'm not. However, today was beautiful, the sun was shining, the local pub had perfect landscaped gardens and the Pimms was ice cold and sparking in the sunlight (briefly - the contents that is, not the sun) so I did have a wistful moment. I say moment as then Wayne & Stacey on the next table became rather vocal and for the 10th time at least I had to explain to Chloe that people bled a lot in England.
So, I'm nearly excited. I know, I should be really excited. Two days chilling in St Lucia with our friends will be great but there will still be a part of me itching to get on and arrive and be there and yes, to see our house.
Going to cheat a bit now and change my blog location to Dominica 3 days early. Well, I'm there in spirit already. Cheers!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Now in England until Sunday.
Now, no salary until the end of September.
Now, what have we done?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Because we are breaking our contract early, we are liable for two month's rent. Whatever. I think we had the last laugh though as on Thursday night he said he had a viewing. A bit bonkers I thought showing someone round when the house is jam packed full of boxes but Belgium and bonkers are synonymous. At 9pm I opened the front door to them and it was the Adams Family. No joke - 8 children, and Robbie Coltrane and Dawn French leading the way. After the house inspection they all ran wild in the garden until 10pm. When we went to the neighbours the next morning to say goodbye and distribute our house plants, the lady clasped my hand and asked if the family were really moving in as they had de-headed all her roses in the front garden and broken off the little wooden door to their postbox. I said yes I thought so and that I also knew that they had 4 dogs and 2 cats as one of the boys had been in Chloe's class. Now, what a dilemma for our landlord, will he take their money and forever upset the neighbours or will he turn down the opportunity of double rent for 2 months.....
Anyway, we are staying with Lemony now for a couple of weeks and tonight we are all in the same room. It's fun, like camping. I used to wish ahead a bit but now I live for the moment so I'm enjoying it here and the children adore it as they have 24 hour playmates.
23 days to go until we see our new house.......just a little wish then I guess.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The minimum requirement is that the premises are in the same condition as when you moved in.
All cleaning needs to be done before the final inspection (survey-out).
Please focus special attention on :
wooden floors need to be cleaned and if necessary (depending on type wooden floor and used cleaning materials) treated with special products.
Stone floors must be cleaned and all stains removed (be very careful when using corrosive products or de-greasers on floors! )
Carpets must get a shampoo cleaning.
all dust (cobwebs) removed, all material attached to wall like posters, decorations, etc must be removed and holes filled up with plaster.
woodwork should be cleaned and stains removed (remove dust from top of door and wooden skirt board around door)
glass cleaned inside and outside, woodwork cleaned, dust in woodwork when windows are open.
If curtains are present they must be cleaned otherwise you will be charged for it.
clean oven and all utensils, fridge, freezer, hood cleaned and filters replaced or cleaned, all cabinets washed etc..
all cabinets washed, all chalk removed from tabs (also underneath sink), tub, sinks, shower window(s).
Terrace, drive way :
cleaned and all unwanted weeds, moss removed
lawn mowed and maintained, hedges cut back etc.. discuss this with your gardener.
It's going to be a loooooooooooong last day.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
ps The packer packed all my shoes so I have one pair of flips for the next 6 weeks - am thinking along the 'loads worse off than me' principle again so no problem hey.