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Finally, got to use a computer! I am still using the library facilities and the library in the village has 1 computer and I am allowed 1/2 hr. So hope to get this done in that time.
Our furniture arrived last Tues. Ever since then I have been surrounded by boxes. The movers unpacked our furniture but there is nowhere to put anything, no closet space!!!! Consequently the more I unpack the more I am surrounded by “stuff”!!!!
Dave left for Taiwan on Fri. morning. He returns this Fri. All is well with him.
I am settling in, it is a lovely village with a very busy main road through it. However, we live on a quite road.
Today the sun is shining which is beautiful after lots and lots of rain, in this “Green and pleasant Land”! We have found a local church, Christ the King, the people seem nice as does the pastor, Fr. Gerard.
I enjoyed my visit with Mum and Dad. Bernadette’s boys were on holiday (half term) so that was good, we did a few things together (Blackpool illuminations, and the movies).
Will try and update this more often.
I’ve got loads of projects and things due coming up. Here’s a list of everything:
1) A restaurant logo for “Evening Rain”, a modern asian restaurant (due Tuesday)
2) A presentation on printing processes with coated papers, coatings, varnishes and special inks (to be presented on Tuesday)
3) An interactive, “live” website (due Friday)
4) A mid-term exam (on Saturday)
5) A paper evaluating 3 articles on research in design (due a week Monday)
After that, however, I’m pretty much free!! I have a couple of other things that will be due, but nothing like this week! And exam/Christmas break is coming up so fast… I can’t believe I’m almost done 1st semester!
Then I’ll have more time to work on this website (during the break). I’m sorry about the photos! Haven’t been able to post them yet. They will go up at some point, I promise.
The furniture arrived this week, on Tuesday. By Tuesday evening the house was full, and I do mean FULL, of boxes. There was one room with enough floor space for the 2 of us to stand up in, and all the rest of the rooms were full / piled high.
We are now in the process of looking into 2 options:
a) buying a larger home, or
b) building on, or putting another house in the garden.
We did get our bed put up though so Trish thought she had died and gone to Heaven at bed time, as she finally got to sleep on a mattress again.
On Wednesday the movers came back to continue unpacking. They hardly got any unpacking done Tuesday – just concentrated on getting stuff into the house. By Wednesday evening all the furniture was unpacked, and they left, leaving us to do the boxes of our effects.
There is now room to squeeze around furniture, and there is a quite credible competitor to the Hampton Court Maze through the box piles.
First thing hooked up was the stereo, so now I can listen to some Beethoven to help relieve my stress from the mess.
Now need to buy some wardrobes to compensate for the lack of walk-in / built-in closets
Trish had to get out of the house for a break today – she has gone off to Wokingham because there is a market on there.
I am escaping all of this as I am off to Taiwan tomorrow (Friday), and back in a week on the Saturday. Then that Monday I go to Sweden until the following Friday.
With any luck Trish will have all this stuff put away by the time I am back.
By the way – it’s rained here for almost 2 weeks now. Today is sunny, but cold, so hopefully the rainy season is over (some chance). Oh what a grey day!
De Press Ing.
Just got over a rotten stinking cold. Well, still getting over it, I just got over the worst part this morning. Thank goodness! Finally getting back into the “swing” of things.
Dad’s supposed to be showing mom how to post messages in here… I don’t know if he has yet or not *nudge nudge*.
I’m feeling a photo album update coming on… look out for one this weekend. Have some pics of Sweden that need to go up.
Joy invited me over for her Christmas dinner last night! She had it early because on Wednesday she leaves for Trinidad for 6 months and therefore will not be here for real Christmas. It was a lovely meal and I got to hang out with Kim for a while, which I haven’t done in a couple of weeks. Been so busy with the house!
Which reminds me, Sat. night Mike and I moved the computers and desks upstairs into the 3rd bedroom, and Sun. morning moved around the living room so it now takes up all the space down there (before it was squished with the TV, stereo, couches and computer desk). Looks good!
Back in the UK now, and the 2 of us are together and camping out in our new house (courtesy of John and Kath who have loaned us a double air mattress – matching pair to our own so we are maintaining out own space, even on the floor!)
I shall be here for 2 weeks hopefully, then off to Taiwan for a week.
Went to the pub last night – good beer, awful smokers.
We have bought a tele now, and a DVD/VCR. Trish can find 24 hr antique shows so far from what I’ve seen.
Also ordered the fridge which will be here Tuesday. Presently all the perishables are stored in our outdoors passage (back to nature?)
The clocks went back last night, so got an extra hour today (we forgot till this morning).
Trish spent most of the afternoon in the garden as we can’t work inside until we get our stuff, including the tools.
She seemed to thoroughly enjoy it though.
We have had a pair of Magpies hanging around – majestic.
Finally got the gas leak fixed last Saturday. It’s been nice and cozy in the house since then, although, not as cozy as I would really like since we have to try to save energy and money! 🙂
So glad we got it done as the weather has taken quite a plummet in the past week or so. I’m not complaining – the crispness of the air is a nice reminder of winters past with trips to the shopping mall, bus rides, the warmth of home and the family of big holidays. And anyway, I choose to live in Canada, and since part of what makes up this country is cold weather, I’m happy to deal with it.
Can’t wait till I can go snowboarding this year! We’ll see if I’m any better at it now 🙂
Presently in Stockholm and it’s a cold (about 1 degree C), but beatifully sunny weekend. I shall be here for the rest of this week.
The furniture is all in a container, on a ship somewhere.
Trish is in the UK, with her parents, also for the rest of the week. After that we are both back in our new house in the UK, sleeping on camping mattresses until “our boat comes in”, so to speak.
Hopefully now that everything is tidied up in Canada we can start to settle down a little, even though I will still be travelling a lot.
On the job front there is still some uncertainty where I will be spending most of my time – Sweden or Taiwan.
This side of the new year it will probably be about 45/45, with the other 10% or so in the UK (hopefully).
My next goal is to learn enough Swedish to at least get fed properly while I am here. After that I will have to work on my Mandarin????
That’s it for now I guess.
My parents moved on Monday, so that’s it. Out of the country. It’s weird.
I’m pretty busy. Got plenty of homework and housework to do (that’s a bit odd, seems as though they should mean the same thing, since “house” and “home” are often each other’s equivalents… hmmm. *shrug*) but I’m enjoying school so it’s not bad at all.