Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Normal service

It seems that I have been away such a long time - much of it thanks to BT who connected my telephone the same day that I moved but didn't connect my broadband for a fortnight so I have been champing at the bit.

The good side is that I am almost straight.   All boxes are unpacked.   I have had two rooms redecorated.   Quite a lot of electrical work has been done.   A new shower and patio doors have been installed.   Yesterday a new carpet was laid in the dining room (which was previously a bedroom) and it is now down to buying one new set of curtains for the patio doors and then I am completely finished and it is home sweet home.

Tess and I are settling in well.   This is a very friendly road and I already know quite a few people in it.   They, plus some I had not met before, have called in to welcome me and already I feel at home here and know I have made the right decision.   Tess misses the fields of course and the fact that she cannot be let off the leash because she has absolutely no road sense.   As I write this she is laid at my feet.   I try to take her for three walks a day.   Today I have only managed two as I had to go to see the specialist at the hospital early this morning but sometimes in the evening a friend calls to take her for a walk, so there is time yet.

I am finding gas quite scary - I have gas central heating and a gas hob; ovens are electric and after twenty five years with an Aga it is daunting, but I must get down to tackling it before Christmas.

The world has not changed in the three weeks I have been away.   Everything is just as it was and I have slotted back in.   Within a week I shall have forgotten I have ever been away.

The bungalow holds no memories of the farmer.   I have our wedding photograph in a prominent place.    I love the look of optimism on his face and I know that he would not have settled here.   He would have been back at the farm helping out at every opportunity.    Quiet retirement in a bungalow was never on his agenda.   So he rests in peace in the fields he loved.

42 comments:

Wilma said...

I am so happy to see you back and posting again; I have missed you! I love to cook on a gas burner, but I dislike gas ovens. So in addition to our totally gas stove (6 burners and a large oven) we have a small electric oven which just large enough to bake 2 small loaves of bread or a cake. I am amazed and impressed by what you have accomplished in the time you have been absent from blogging. Will you be showing us pictures?

Sue said...

A new chapter for you and Tess, I think you will be happy in your new home.

Penhill said...

So pleased to hear you have settled in so well.Leyburn always seems a lovely town with every thing you need.Your thoughts on the Farmer are very moving and appropriate.Hope you and Tess have many happy times here.

Jill said...

The sweetness with which you talk of the Farmer touches me. Glad to hear of the settling in!

Gardener Fisher said...

That is exactly what BT did to us, except it was a week for the phone and three for the internet, even though we logged in online before we moved and everything was supposed to be fine. Anyway you are back, and back with pavements, which are something that you do not miss until you do not have them.

Sol said...

good to see you back

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful post. I am so happy for you and Tess.
As long as you are with her, Tess will happy.

cheers, parsnip

the veg artist said...

You are one organised lady! I'm so glad you feel you've made the right decision. You and Tess will be just fine, but you are right, farmers never want the retirement bungalow type of life, although one of my uncles did build a lovely bungalow on his land while his son took over the farm. My aunt and uncle then went on to create a wonderful garden - something they had always wanted to do, but never had the time for. As for cooking on gas - I hope I never have to go back to an electric hob!.

Camille said...

We missed you Weave. Hugs to you and Tess. X

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

Welcome back. I'm pleased you've settled in ok. BT getting two things right.....pigs might fly!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

A short but very moving post!

justjill said...

Looking forward now. More adventures and lunches.

Mac n' Janet said...

You are so organized, it takes me forever to unpack at a new home. Tests Wil love her new home as long as she's with you. I love cooking with gas, so easy to adjust it to exactly what you want. I know what you mean about the Farmer never leaving the farm. I'm trying to convince my husband to move to a smaller place, but he l o bed his garden a nd the lagoon.

hart said...

Bravely done all around.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Well done! You sound so organized and settled in! May you and Tess have many happy times in your new home!

Philip said...

I'm glad that you decided to take Tess with you in the end. Best wishes in your new home.

Joanne Noragon said...

It all seems so right. Tess will soon be happy with the roads; she's not getting younger, either. Welcome back.

gz said...

It is good to be able to turn the gas hob off..and there it is, off!
You'll miss the aga, that big warm friendly lump in the kitchen-but you'll get used to the new cooker

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I am glad that you are settling into your new home so comfortably. It's great that Tess got to come with you. Does she ever run and play inside the house? My Fuzzy Pomeranian loves to run through the house like a greyhound, and then do extra tricks as he runs around, just to make us laugh. He runs and runs all through the house and then leaps into his doggie bed and makes it toboggan on the hardwood floor part way across the room, jumps back out continues running in a big circle through the house coming back to jump in and out of his bed again making it slide some more. He usually carries a toy as he does this and the more I laugh the more he gets wound up to do more. After finishing all of that running and playing, he is usually ready for some petting or brushing. It seems to be good exercise for him. He does this at least once or twice a day. I couldn't imagine all of this rough housing in the house with a big dog, but he only weighs 8 lbs. Fuzzy is 12 years old now and still acts like a young pup.

Gerry Snape said...

Well it sounds as if you have already a great community around you in the new home. That's special...now just off to the cafe or the pub f some lunch and a good chat with old friends...and lots of blogs for us hungry to know how it's all going....xx

lynda said...

Welcome back! You were missed! Glad you have settled in well and have friends near by.
I agree...gas scares me, too. My dad sold fuel oil, and always said "Go modern. Go gas. Go boom!"

John Gray said...

You seem to be a popular old. Broad

Ellen D. said...

Best wishes in your new home! You are off to a wonderful start! Well done!

Unknown said...

I don’t post but I do read your writings. I was wondering where you went. Apparently, I missed the post about not having internet. I’m happy to see you back! I do love the new header, it’s beautiful! I feel like i’m Looking from a window and can tap on the glass to get their attention.
Welcome back!
Debbie

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such a busy hassle with moving - glad you are settling in. And glad you have a friendly street and friends to come round to visit. Enjoy your new cooking experiences.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I'm so impressed with all of the work you have already had done. I'm also very glad you decided to bring Tess with you and no doubt she will settle in quickly and adapt to a new routine. It's good to have you back. -Jenn

Alphie Soup said...

So pleased to hear you and Tess are settling in and you have so many of the chores completed and boxes unpacked. You are a marvel Weaver Pat!!

Alphie

Rozzie said...

I am so happy that you have settled in so comfortably, Weave. Makes me feel that all is well with the world again. Please give Tess an extra little pat from me.

Bonnie said...

You are doing a wonderful job of settling in your new home in such a short time! I'm sure if it were me I would be still tripping over boxes! It is so good to hear you have met your neighbors and it sounds like they are all quite nice. Give Tess my love and a pat on her head.

I'm so happy you are back!

Librarian said...

This sounds very good, and I am glad to know you and Tess are already feeling pretty much at home in your new home. You'll have those new curtains up in no time!
I don't know how far away from your old home you are now, but I hope you'll still have your regular meetings with your friends, such as poetry afternoons and coffee mornings.

thelma said...

Everything seems to have gone to plan, happy days in your new home. x

Virginia said...

That’s a really Good News blog, Pat! All except the gas stove, and I sympathise. It might be that gas from the North Sea is better quality than the New Zealand stuff...I had a set of gas rings when I did The Kitchen Of My Dreams, and in every other way, it was.... but those blessed gas rings drove me nuts! I hope you ‘give them a good talking to’ and make them behave, or, perhaps, if all else fails, read the Manual!

When you find the camera, we’re all keen to see your new surroundings. ;-))

Tom Stephenson said...

I thought that your prolonged absence had something to do with BT. I despise BT, but - at the moment - they have the monopoly on the lines. I am glad you are settling in well, Weave.

Countryside Tales said...

Glad to hear all is going well.

Derek Faulkner said...

Welcome back Pat, it seems that many of the predictions of your blogging friends have turned out correct and the two of you have not found the move as daunting as you might of been expecting. Just a matter of settling in now and possibly sharing Christmas and the New Year with some of your new friends and neighbours.

Heather said...

So lovely to have you back with us and sounding settled and positive. You must be pleased to have your home to yourself after all the goings on. I must have my shower room updated but it will have to wait until the New Year - I need a bit of peace and quiet for a while. Everywhere else looks lovely and everything is back in the place it should be. So pleased your neighbours are kind and friendly, it makes such a difference. I am lucky too.

Kim Gibson said...

Hugs and strength for all your tasks. I hope you find a peaceful life there. Tess will help.

liparifam said...

All of this is great news, and I'm so glad you are back online! Do you think Tess would run and retrieve a soft toy if you threw it in the house? Or play tug of war with a long soft rope? She will quickly settle into whatever new routine you develop, that's what dogs do :) I've moved 7 times with my 15 yr old, 5 with the middle one, and 3 times with the 11 yr old baby - everywhere between having several acres of land to having only a tiny, mostly concrete courtyard - and they are immensely adaptable! I hate my gas stovetop and oven - I just know I'm going to catch my sleeve on fire at some point :(

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It sounds like you have settled in just fine. A new environment is made easier with our familiar things. Tess will be just fine and she will adjust to her new home and routine quickly.

Theresa Young said...

Bless you and Tess in your new bungalow.

Hildred said...

We take things day by day, life unfolds and small things give us pleasure, Pat - it is five years today since I lost my dearest husband, and as you bless the Farmer, resting in the fields he loved, so I am grateful that my love found rest and not the future his illness would have brought him to, - as much as I miss him.

Shirley said...

Congratulations on your house move. I missed seeing your posts had come back. I am very glad you are settling in well and making your new home comfortable for you and your dog. May you make many new memories with your new home and your family. Best wishes