A lot of stuff has been happening...

...from Christmas up to now. I suppose I should have blogged these things as they happened, but due to circumstances out of my control (laziness, not having time, not having access to a pc when I had time... the list goes on) you are getting this all in one big lump!

The worst news is that a good friend and collegue suddenly passed away just after the New Year. It's been a shock to all of us, as we were only just having a beer with him in the pub a day or so before it happened. I don't think it's properly sunk in yet for me, as I haven't really had much time to stop and think since Christmas, with the impending house sale. It's his funeral next week so I can pay my respects and I think then everything will become final. Still, we shall hoist a glass (or two) of red wine in his name, he will be missed, always ready with a joke, or just some humourous profanity, but ever dependable, and loved a good curry. To Martin!

Better news was that I think my Mum enjoyed her Birthday, which was last week. We went out for dinner at a local restaurant, the four of us, Mum, Dad, me and Christy (me Sister ;) A nice meal, some nice wine, and conversation too. The waiter plied us with Italian lemon liqueurs, which were quite good. Then a few of Ma and Pa's mates round after for G&Ts... and to test out their new sofas, freshly delivered (and de-cat-fluffed) from my empty house.

Which brings me onto the last few days of toil... the house sale. After spending a lot of christmas and new year packing (but not too much you understand, didn't want to over do it) I was starting to think I wouldn't have enough time, and that I wouldn't find homes for all the bits of furniture that I had left. As the 11th drew closer, the house was getting steadily emptier, until Sunday the 6th, when I had rented a LWB van. After that it was crunch time. First delivery was to Mum & Dads with the sofa and TV, moved into the van with Fish's help. The sofas are a good fit in the living room, but the TV wasn't... so that's on ebay now. Then a tour around Derbyshire dropping off tables, wardrobes and beds and stuff. Now my house is empty, I don't have anywhere to sleep! So this was official move into Dan's night. Which has gone well, we haven't argued yet, and scarily enough not drunk a lot either, go figure? (Plenty of time for that over the next couple of months I hear you cry)

So Friday was completion day, and on Weds there was still a lot to do. But by Thursday night most stuff was either at Dan's, sold, given away, or in the garage, which I managed to break the door of. Bloody typical. But at least it was looking like it was gonna be ok for the big day, there wasn't much left, other than two cats rattling around in the house.

It was weird on Friday, giving up the keys, and saying goodbye to my home of 5 years... it didn't seem so final the last time i did it, but then I had somewhere else to go that was mine and we had to do it all in a day so it was pretty busy.

Finally it was off to Notts to deliver the cats to their new keepers, which they weren't best pleased about. Daisy didn't stop telling me about it all the way there, and Molly made her point by doing a poo and throwing up in her basket. (Not sure if it was the driving, or the being locked up that she was most annoyed about) But after being let out for a few minutes they both calmed down and went to hide for a bit. I heard that they had recovered properly later that night and were running around after each other and investigating their new home for the weekend, before being taken to Kent for a longer stretch (sounds like a prison term, but it's not, I hear it's nice down in Kent, garden of England or something...), after which they will be returning to Notts, unless their keeper in Kent decides they should stay :P

Even though I don't own the place now, I was still round there today, got a garage to empty. Trips to the tip and Dave and his Dad came to fetch the last few bits of furniture and now it's almost done. A few more trips to the tip tomorrow should see that sorted.

Then it will be final...

Still, it's nice to go on to online banking and cancel all those direct debits :) Australia here we come!


packing, packing, packing...

I hate packing. I should have realised I would have more stuff than I estimated, and there's so much left to do. I've just packed up all my DVDs, CDs, and books (and my trusty light sabres) into boxes so they are ready to go into storage and finally shipping to Aus when I get a place.

I've been up in the roof of the garage today, shifted everything out onto the floor now, so that's done. Amazing what I've found up there, a catalytic converter, exhaust down pipe and back box from my car... along with the original suspension springs and dampers. A trip to the local tip is going to be needed.

I have to say that I'm not really going at it 'hell for leather' at the moment... I am on holiday after all, and so this stuff gets done in between playing games and watching tv. Heh, there's still 2 weeks left before I have to move anyway... ages!

I said after I moved house last time and we did it ourselves that I wouldn't do that again (i'd get some men in to do the heavy lifting) as it was a nightmare, and I think I had less stuff, moving from a 2 bedroom house to a 4 bedroom, but it looks like i'm gonna end up doing it again. Mainly because stuff is going all over the place, rather than just from one house to another, some will be going to Dan's, some to storage at Dad's workshop, and the rest to everyone else who wants it, or the dump...

Oh well... better get back to it :(

Ho Ho Ho...

...Merry Christmas!

I guess this will be one of the many blog posts on the net wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!

Have a good one, whatever you get up to.

One step closer to homelessness...

Didn't think I'd be as nervous as I was... but a few minutes ago I signed the contract of sale of my house, so this is it.

Well, it's done now, and I still need to pack/sell just about everything in the house, that'll be something to do over Christmas anyway.

So... if anyone knows anyone that would like to give 2 friendly cats a home let me know... and if you want any stuff for your house, like sofas, dining table & chairs, cupboards, etc. get in touch, they'll be going cheap if not free :)

Whistle Posse Blow!

So I went raving on Saturday night... An event called Hardcore Till I Die, they had taken over a local nightclub, Time, the place next door (that was normally a roller skating arena) and most of the carparks out the back.

We started at the pub just down the road, which was surprisingly quiet for saying that there were about 5000 people supposed to be turning up for this event. Had a couple of beers there and decided to make our way to the entrance, but as we got near some people coming the other way said that there was a massive queue still (this was about 10:30pm after it started at 9pm) so we went back to the pub for a couple more drinks. Finally made it in about half eleven, but not to worry, still 6 and a half hours of raving to go! :)

We walked into the main arena first, the whole of RollerWorld pumping out the happy hardcore tunes, with the dj booth down at one end in front of massive screens with lasers and lights all firing out over the huge crowd throwing shapes around.

Finding a drink was next on the agenda, so we ended up going down into Time to the hard house room for a few more vodka redbulls.

Out in the carpark there was a tent playing old school, and some drum and bass and stuff like that, and further across another tent playing absolutely banging techno and gabba. There were also fairground rides and arcades and burger vans for people to get their fix of dodgy fairground hotdogs and burgers.

We kept seeing Postman Pat throughout the night as we walked round, well someone in a Postman Pat suit anyway, boogying away. He must have been boiling.

At about 3am me and Fish went back to the techno tent just as Tommyknocker came on to do his set, amazing. He belted out some really hard tunes and we had a good old stomp around in the tent.

Towards the end of the night we caught Dougal and Recon playing their sets in the main arena, as well as god knows who else throughout the night.

It was a top night and I even surprised myself by managing to last until it finished at 6am.

Definitely be up for it if they put another night on there before I leave rainy England.

Evidence of installation of windows

Nope... nothing to do with computers (for those geeks that were wondering)

These windows are the clear see-through kind that don't crash as often.

I was asked by my solicitor, who had been asked by the buyers solicitors, to provide evidence of installation of windows in the house... Something I would have thought the buyers might have noticed when they came around to view the place. I wasn't stood there in coat, scarf, hat, and with the heating on full, saying "yeah it's strange how the wind rattles through the house this time of year"... the house does in-fact have windows.

They were actually wanting evidence of the date of installation for some planning permission reason or other... it just struck me as funny.

Building Surveys...

Well that's the second building survey done on the house, this one was a bit more involved, the guy was here for almost 3 hours, and no problems to report, woo hoo!

The one last week was a valuation for the buyers mortgage company, and he was here about 20 mins, and surprisingly came up with the valuation amount at exactly what the buyers are paying for it... uncanny! I imagine it will be well worth the £300 that they are paying for it. (That's about £15 a minute, which is nice work if you can get it)

Some of the things you have to pay for, and have done to buy/sell a house in this country are ridiculous... I haven't noticed any new coal mines appearing in the area since I first bought the house, yet I still needed another coal mine search when I re-mortgaged a few years later. Crazy.

Bah, how annoying is it when you lose something?

Just realised I've lost my 4GB usb memory drive... and it's really annoying that I can't remember what I did with it. (Sign of getting old I suppose, now, what was I talking about? Who are you?)

One place I remember leaving it was on the bedside table... so with 2 cats in the house it could be anywhere. (Well almost anywhere, they wouldn't be connecting it to my pc and downloading kitty porn onto it, it's more likely been pawwed to death and is under the bed or somewhere)

Time to check everywhere, again :( and see if it's at work too.

Well hello...

... and welcome to my blog.

Thought I'd start writing about my experiences of moving from sunny Belper to the sunnier Australia.

Things are really starting to move ahead now, I'm in the process of selling my house, which should be sorted (well, contracts exchanged) by Christmas, with a moving date sometime in the 2nd week of Jan.

As things turn out, I know the people who will be buying it, and they are first time buyers so no chain to worry about, and they are keen to get things sorted out as well. So i'm very nearly homeless :P

So I can see that Christmas will be spent boxing up my stuff that I want to take with me (books, DVDs, records, and CDs mostly), and frantically eBaying the rest. (Well, what hasn't been earmarked for people already anyway)

Then I'll be getting ready to spend a couple of months as a lodger with Dan, this could be seriously dangerous to our healths, it's one thing to live 5 mins away from each other, but in the same house? We'll have to ration the beer I think...

On the other hand it might turn out to be quite refined (hahaha), I know he's got some Gordon Ramsey recipe books and as I'll be a paying 'guest' he should have my tea on the table when I arrive home :P (yeah right)

We'll see...