Friday, 11 December 2015

Advent 11 Christmas Dresser + house news

All the things that are normally on my kitchen "dresser" ( it's really just shelves on a chest of drawers) have come off, been wrapped in newspaper and stored in a box or put in the kitchen cupboard.
The dresser has been decked, but looks a bit sparse in places, maybe I'll fish some tinsel out of the decorations box. I could add some greenery but it would all die before Christmas. Anyone remember two years ago when I took a picture of the dresser and had put the blocks as MERRY CHRITSMAS and even after Cro asked if I'd been on the cooking sherry, it still took me several minutes looking to see what was wrong- it was so funny- (I'm easily amused!) I left the blocks wrong all through Christmas just to see if any visitors noticed.

When the Christmas things are put away I won't bother to put the other stuff back, we'll lift the shelves off the chest of drawers and put them out of the way until we move.

I had an exciting time yesterday - easily excited too! because I went shopping in Ipswich, hadn't been to the town centre for ages.Col had yet another hospital appointment (and this is the man who'd never been in hospital until he was 56) - this time a follow up echo-cardigraph after the 'hardly a heart attack'  in October '14. No restrictions on him driving so he was able to drop me off in town for a couple of hours and pick me up afterwards. I didn't have time to go far round the town but it's always interesting to see which shops have gone and what's arrived. I did more Christmas shopping and  found all sorts of things for around a £1 so we can have a lucky dip pressie thing when all 3 children and partners are here on Saturday for our get together. Poundland had some decent Christmas Crackers for £4. I usually make some but, thinking we might have moved before Christmas decided not to bother. Then I thought we can't have a family Christmas meal together without crackers and paper hats.
Best of all, in the second charity shop I went into I found a 'new' coat for £7. I had 2 coats both miles too big that went to car-boot sales in the summer, which left me with just a short thin old lady's fleece jacket and a couple of old fleeces that I wear round here. This new one is also just a fleece but it's a bit longer, with black and white checks, belt and a hoodie not so old lady-ish I think.

It's going to be much easier for me to find bargains in town next year because after all the indecision, looking round, changing plans and faffing about we have found a 2 bed detached bungalow in Ipswich. It's on an estate in one of the older parts of town so not so squashed  in as some of the newer estates. It's just got a small garden which if we later let the bungalow will be OK. With a garage for Col's workshop, a shed to store stuff, no work needed (hopefully) except updating carpets and paintwork sometime and plenty of room for the caravan and car AND  less than half the price of what we are selling this place for. Best thing is it's within quarter  of a mile from an Aldi and a few  other shops including 2 charity shops, the doctors is even nearer and half a mile to the library. Just 3 miles round the ring road to the hospital and frequent buses into the town centre. It will be so different to the last 23 years here but perhaps that's a good thing. A complete change. If after a year, when we've done a bit of caravan touring, we find we don't like being in town we'll let it out and find somewhere else. I was counting up where I've lived for my 60 years. I've spent 43 years in small hamlets, 5 years in a small town and 12 years in villages, time for big(ish) town life!

Back Tomorrow
Sue









49 comments:

  1. The new house sounds lovely.
    Love the dresser
    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. I forgot to say there is an Asda within a mile of the bungalow too - extra handy

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  2. Love your dresser, I have decorated ours and had great fun doing it as it came with the house as part of the kitchen and I've alwasy wanted one. So very pleased you and Col have found a new home. It sounds as if it is all just suitted to you.

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    1. I would love to live somewhere to have a proper big old dresser as this is just shelves from a car boot put on top of a modernish chest of drawers that was once in our bedroom, but it's been useful

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  3. The new place sounds just right for your current needs. I'd have left the misspelt bricks too, that would have amused me no end.

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    1. 4th December 2013 was when I took the photo, I can't remember if anyone noticed it or not

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  4. Good luck with the new place at least if you decide its not for you it should sell quicker than your current home x

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    1. Yes, you are so right, it had only been for sale for 2 weeks when we looked compared to the 6 months for this place

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  5. Glad you've found a house that you both like. From the sounds of it, it will be a big change but knowing there's a get out clause of letting it out will help I'm sure. I'd love to live in a village/market town and we've discussed it but I'm loathe to leave the security of decent hospitals after my HA. Silly I know, but I like the security of knowing I can be at 2 A&E's within 10 minutes and the specialist cardiology hospital in 20 mins. Plus schools are still a big part of our life and Thomas is settled where he is.

    The dresser looks lovely just as it is. xx

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    1. Up until this last couple of years we wouldn't have given a thought to living close to a hospital but now it would make life much easier, once Col is sorted we might change our minds but this place will suit us well for the time being

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  6. Your dresser looks lovely and I could easily covet several of the things you have - the candlestick and the blocks! It will be a lovely Christmassy welcome for your visitors. I am glad that you have a found a house that you are happy with, it sounds like a good buy for you and as you say for letting out if/as and when you want and a good investment all round. I hope that all goes smoothly with the purchase and that you are soon settled to begin your roaming caravan life for a while! xx

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    1. Thank you, the candlestick was from a charity shop and the blocks came from Paperchase about 6 years ago

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  7. Glad to hear you've found somewhere you both like, hope everything goes well.

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  8. Gosh is it really two years since your 'spelling mistake'!!

    The new places sounds perfect, I hope it all goes through smoothly for you.

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    1. I thought I'd better check and it was Dec 4th 2013- time flies when you're having fun blogging!

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  9. Your dresser looks lovely Sue and the property you've found sounds great, hope all goes well :)

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  10. Looks like 2016 is going to be a busy year for you with lots of new things, I love the idea of a pressie lucky dip and your new coat is a real bargain :-)

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    1. I'm not sure how this lucky dip will work, maybe pull out a gift and then work out who it's best suited to.

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  11. Congratulations on finding a place. When will you officially move in? -Jenn

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    1. End Feb we think though it depends on the people moving here. The bungalow is no chain onwards

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  12. The new house sounds like it's in a great location. I'm so pleased you've found somewhere. When do you move? Jx

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  13. Well done on your successful house hunt. Should be a lot cheaper to run, except possibly heating but also less work.

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    1. It's part gas and part electric, no fireplace sadly. I doubt we will save anything - even the car insurance will be a bit more due to the postcode but Lot's less cleaning that's for sure.

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  14. Your new home sounds lovely, just the sort of thing we were looking for but they were much more than we could afford in our area. The dresser looks gorgeous! I always wanted one like it but after 44 years of wedded bliss :/ I'm still waiting...lol...x

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    1. We are thinking that it is a good price as a semi-detached 2 bed bungalow, needing lots of work, at the other end of Ipswich was £15,000 more than this one

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  15. Really good news about the house , I bought some of those crackers too , I thought they looked good quality for £4.00 Its amazing what you can get in poundland , This year is the first year in ages that i have to buy gift wrap etc but they have some nice gift bags in there too xxx

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    1. I bought a big bag of part rolls of wrapping paper from a car boot early in the year for £1, they've done everything with some to spare.
      I've always fancied some really posh crackers, about £22 a box!! never likely to get any though!

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  16. Looking forward to reading about life in your new home and city!

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  17. How exciting about the bungalow you've found. It sounds ideal. Hope everything goes smoothly for you.
    The best Christmas crackers I bought were Tom Smith's, years ago. The gifts inside were lovely and worth having.

    Joan (Wales)

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  18. Congratulations are in order! So happy for you. 2016 will bring new experiences and adventures. Col and you may even decide you love being in town and so convenient to everything. I laughed at the "old lady" coat bit, because I have one old lady coat and a parka. Both quite dated. One is huge, the other I have to struggle to zip.

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  19. Must be a hug relief to have the bungalow sorted before Christmas, an early Christmas present. The location sounds good for your current circumstances and very convenient to everything. You are also not far from the Derby train station are you?

    May we see some photos from your Saturday Christmas family get together?

    Sandy

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  20. Many congrats on the house!
    I am sure that you will be happy to get the move behind you, although I know it must be a wrench to leave so many memories behind. But, onwards and upwards, new memories to be made. In my opinion that is the key to go with the flow of life changes, because as much as we want it to, life never stays the same.
    Good luck and much happiness to you both.
    Thank you for taking us along on your journey.
    Pam in Texas.xx

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  21. Ahhh congratulations on finding somewhere you want. It sounds perfect. Did I miss the post where you e sold your place?? I love your festive dresser xx

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  22. Well done on finding a place. I hope all goes to plan and that you both will be happy in your new home.
    xx

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  23. Wonderful news about your new home. Sounds like the perfect location....and because you have planned for all those "what ifs" they will not happen..and you will have a healthy happy retirement! Best wishes for the future and Happy Christmas from Canada.

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  24. I do hope Col's health improves and that all goes according to plan now Sue.

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  25. we've done the waiting ages for the country place sell.
    And the found something comfortable in town.
    Very happy here, but it's an added relief to think that if we wanted to rent or sell this - it won't be a mission next time!

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  26. I do hope it all goes smoothly. In Scotland people cannot gazump or withdraw beyond the offer point. I do enjoy your posts.

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  27. The dresser looks great and congrats on finding the new abode!

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  28. I'm glad you have found somewhere to suit you for as long as you need it. Being able to walk to the shops will be such a novelty (that appeals to me too, having spend nearly half my life in the middle of the Welsh countryside). I found a lovely little cottage JUST where I want us to relocate, with stunning views, but tiny = really tiny - 1/6th of the space we have here. Sigh. Not practical.

    Love your dresser - I must get Festive today and start to decorate the house so it looks magical for when it's viewed. IF it is viewed . . . .

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  29. so pleased you found something, here's hoping the new year is full of joy. x

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  30. Good luck with the move, what an exciting new year you're going to have :-)

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  31. The new home sounds just like what the doctor ordered ;0)
    I'm sure you will settle down and take life easy while you decide what you may or may not do next.

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  32. Glad you were able to find your new home. Hope the transition will go smoothly for you.

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  33. Good luck with your new home, quite a change, I find making the decision is always the hardest, but one done its on with plans, planning and doing :)

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  34. Keeping everything crossed for you that the move goes smoothly, it sounds like it's in a great place for many amenities.
    All these things need to be considered and it sounds like you've come to a happy conclusion.
    Lisa x

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