Tuesday, 23 February 2016

A letter from the past and recent diary entries

A few weeks back I had a letter from my penfriend who lives on a windy Scottish island, in the letter she wondered how long we had been writing to each other (although I'm a bad penfriend who doesn't write as often as I ought!). I hadn't had a chance to sort through the drawer where I keep old letters to see if I could find out, when another letter arrived and with it W had included my very first letter written to her in May 2001 and typically it starts by me apologising for being slow to reply to her first letter! She said it would probably be sad to read as back then we had milking goats and we bred sheep, Col was still working for the County Council and our eldest was at uni, our son was taking a gap year between high school and uni and our youngest was just 13.
 It was a bit sad to read but also  interesting and I'm so glad she kept the letter. I know she will read this so Thank you W for that little window into what things were like and I will write to you with our new address very soon and I'll probably still be apologising for taking such an age to write!

Sunday, and  the bloke who had bought the old caravan chassis came to collect it at just the same moment that the man who's been storing a boat here for the last 3 years came to take it away. He owed us £40 so another little bit of money into the kitty.
We Think we have sorted phone connections/un-connections  and abandoning Talk Talk - if it works properly. Sunday seemed a good day to ring. The broad band connection speed is 10 times quicker in Ipswich  than here, which should make loading photos easier.

On Monday I zoomed to Woodbridge to take our signed contracts back to the solicitors, hopefully it shouldn't be too long now before exchange. My sister and brother in law came over to help Col burn some rubbish and load the horsebox trailer with all the stuff that we don't need at the bungalow. Then we took it to a friend who is storing it for us until we need it at a house with bigger garden or to sell it at the auction rooms one day.
That just leaves the things - for garden and workshop - that we will take to the bungalow, to be loaded onto the flat trailer.Then all that will be left in the shed are a few bits waiting for our youngest to collect and smallholding stuff left for the new owners.

Today, Tuesday and a bit more tidying, sorting and packing in the morning.  The most difficult thing to pack?..........a roll of Christmas wrapping paper!  - Too long for any boxes, I've been wondering where to put it for weeks, in the end gave up and chucked it into a cupboard in the caravan.
Found out today that the price of postage stamps is going up again at the end of March. I shall stock up because there will be lots of change of address cards to be posted out soon. Last March, pre last years price rise I bought £20 worth which lasted me right through to Christmas.
This afternoon another trek to hospital for Cols pre-chemo blood test and to see the consultant who decided to send him for an XRay  and then back tomorrow for a scan. Thought I would share the view from the 6th floor of the maternity block where the oncology and blood clinics are being held while they build a new specialist wing.

 Exciting view of part of the hospital car park, the Australia Estate ( so called because the roads are named after Australian cities) and  across Rushmere heath golf course with Foxhall Heath over on the right. The small white dot on the horizon is  BT telecommunications  research centre which looks like this when you get closer.



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Back Soon
Sue

17 comments:

  1. Sounds as though all is going as well as it can. I love your wrapping paper dilemma!! How lovely that your friend kept that letter all this time, that is so good isn't it. I am sure it bought back many happy memories to you. xx

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    1. Who knew that a roll of wrapping paper would be such a problem during a house move!

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  2. Wow, it's all happening now, isn't it. You are doing well to keep up.

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    1. Feels like I'm running on the spot but on a merry-go-round!

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  3. Reading your posts about all your preparations to move reminds me of how I've often said to my husband - "Let's have some sort outs NOW and then if we ever move it won't be so much work." But can I get him to? No....... Like the pic of the hospital car park! Reminds me of the one I've got of the car park of the John Radcliffe in Oxford taken when I was in labour with our firstborn.

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    1. I'm glad we started clearing last summer with the 3 boot sales and the yard sale and loads of bits to charity shops. It has certainly cut down the packing

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  4. Moving! Exciting. I love change!

    So nice to read old letters or old journals. So many memories with dust gathering in the shadows of our minds.

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    1. Unfortunately the move is not by choice but because of illness and not as exciting as we planned

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  5. Bit of prime brutalism at the BT research centre!

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  6. I'm glad you said hat the white dot was! Though it looks more like a prison than a BT thingy! Some architect will have been paid a fortune for it and I bet it's a listed building!!
    It's looking like your waiting game for the house move is almost over. Gulp!!

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  7. Gosh, moving day really is looming now, but it sounds like the packing is going to plan.

    Until the advent of the computer, I had quite a few penpals I would write to, but now I've either lost touch, just write sporadically or we keep in touch via the internet. It's still nice to receive snail mail though. Thanks for the heads up about the postage going up AGAIN.

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  8. I am so pleased Sue that you seem to be taking all that is happening in your stride (or you are putting a very brave face on it all). Best wishes for the next few weeks - moving is always a stressful time. Best wishes for Col tomorrow too.

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  9. How lovely to have a penfriend, regardless of how often you write. When we moved down south I used to write to my grandparents and loved receiving letters back from them. There's nothing quite like a proper letter full of news coming through the post. I remember it was quite common in schools to have penfriends and I used to write to a boy in France. Sadly, letter writing seems to have fallen by the wayside now.

    Sounds as though you are extremely busy at the moment. Had to laugh at you throwing the wrapping paper into the caravan. I'm very impressed though, I'd have probably just lobbed it in the bin. Hope all goes well with Col's hospital appointments this week. xx

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  10. Do you remember when everyone (well girls mostly) had a penfriend ? I had a German penfriend, supposedly to help me learn German, for a year or two, but our letter writing petered out. Yours is impressive, have you met up?
    Gill

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  11. The BT place has been a theme in my life for a long while passing it on the way to our (now gone) caravan in Norfolk and more recently as I assess apprentices in Suffolk and Norfolk. Now it tells me that I am near the large Tesco store (other shops are available!) where I can sit down with a decent breakfast and cuppa! Hope the move goes well.

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  12. That penfriend story is great - so good that you have kept it going all this time (even if you haven't written as frequently as you might wish). You always sound so calm and in control despite everything you have going on - please tell me that you sometimes think 'argh!!!!!'. Not that I wish stress on you at all but I know I would be a snivelling wreck in the same circumstances! The penfriend thing is funny though, when we moved 6 months or so ago I wrote to a few friends back in our old village with news of the move etc and thought it might be nice to exchange the occasional letter, they all replied - by email! Maybe I should try again or maybe just accept that it isn't going to happen?

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  13. Our little group has been going strong for 15 years now. Just Iove getting the monthly epistle, don't you Sue?
    When we had that nice get-together at your place in 2002, it was lovely seeing the sheep and goats (and you of course!), and we were really impressed with the fact that you didn't buy milk but milked the goats.
    It all must have taken so much energy. Once the move is over, and you've settled in, you'll hopefully have a much more relaxed way of life.
    Thinking of you both as ever x

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