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post #31 of 306 Old 07-07-2012, 03:41 PM
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This is bringing back so many memories, the labelled items, the movers, have to say in all the moves we've done we've always done the whole thing ourselves, such a treat to have the professionals do that one, with the added bonus of they do all those pesky customs forms.

We kept some of the moving boxes that werent used, they became furniture in the weeks that we were in the UK while our furniture got a head start on us. We also had great fun because our furniture was delayed on the way over, all the shipping was disrupted because of a hurricane, so we had to camp for 2 weeks in Canada here with no furniture, but there was a steady stream of people with pick up trucks for the first few days bringing us stuff to use and food to eat.

I see you are having your dogs shipped, LOL we brought ours with us on the flight as excess baggage, so our trip started with Jim dropping me curbside at Heathrow with a pile of suitcases and two sky kennels, one which we had affectionately called the Rhino Crate, because our large Doberman needed it to fly. The fun??? Of getting around airports with that lot still makes me twitchy. Both dogs travelled like champs, even Muttley who isn't so brave, and they have settled into Canadian life well. I wish they could tell me if Canadian dogs talk with an accent though

Exciting days ahead, for you, looking forward to your next update.
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A day of finding house insurance for the house in England, when we have left and our tenants are in, and for the house in Canada. At least I now know the answers to the questions posed to me by the Canadian brokers.

The new house has an alarm, which is currently monitored by the police station. Apparently if we de-monitor it, but retain the alarm our insurance premium will go up by $180. Only when I find out how much the monitoring costs will I know if this is a good deal!! Where we live at the moment, not only do we have no alarm, but I very rarely lock the back door when I go out. Everyone knows what's going on in this village! To be honest, I don't think the new house is in a crime-ridden area, but the current owners are just the kind of folk who like to be alarm-ed up.

Unlike in the UK I haven't been offered a choice of excess to make the quote cheaper. "Excess" in the UK, "Deductible" in Canada.

This morning started very well, as I went down to neighbouring village to take a friend's horse out for a ride. She's a 10 year old Irish Sports Horse of unknown breeding who hasn't done much for the last few years. Yesterday I rode her out in company and today I took her out on her own. She was very funny - a Cowardly Lion who really didn't want to face the obstacles that we came across, but did in the end with much snorting and fretting. I think she crossed the wooden bridge with her eyes shut chanting 'don't look down, don't look down' to herself. I will ride this horse until my time runs out and we leave the country - which is timed perfectly to have her ready to be ridden by my friend whose arm is currently in plaster. Karma is at work again.

This is what it is like to live in my village:

Neighbour D just came to the door with the snacks for me that she had put on her Tesco delivery. Then a lady appeared and said "hello, where do you want them?". D explained that this lady K had some armchairs that she was about to throw out. D's husband J spotted them and said that she could give them to me instead as we have no furniture now that it's all been shipped. So K put them in the back of her 4x4 and came round here. In the course of bringing them in, it transpired that K's brother went to school with T (who is currently building a path outside my house) so K, T and D stood in my living room chatting about mutual acquaintances while I made the tea.

Must go now to collect son from school.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #33 of 306 Old 07-09-2012, 12:00 PM
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Wow, I have moved around quite a bit(just here in the states), but I can not fathom an overseas move with furniture, pets and child!
I have never owned much, until recently, that couldn't be thrown into the back of a truck or a gooseneck stock trailer. And if it didn't fit, it was left.

Can't wait to hear more! And welcome to our continent!
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post #34 of 306 Old 07-09-2012, 12:33 PM
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Have been enjoying reading your Blog. You sound to have everything well planned & are prepared as you can get for you adventure It is a heat wave here this week. was going to go for a riding lesson early afternooon,but we decided that it was too hot out! So going to try later in evening still think it is going to be on the too warm side. Joys of living in Canada,you have the 2 extremes of weather,& all the stuff in between...
I'll keep reading all about you moving to the neighbourhood,it won't be long now!!
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post #35 of 306 Old 07-11-2012, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Alcohol and Puss-Cat

Today I called the vets to book my cat in for her vaccinations, and then called the cattery to book her in for the end of July. Then I burst into tears. She's 11 years old, and I've had her since she was a tiny wee fluffy kitten. She's currently lying on the (borrowed for our furniture-less fortnight) armchair looking very contented and unaware of the upset and trauma that is shortly going to befall her. I almost e-mailed my husband to say that I had changed my mind and want to take her with us, but then reminded myself why I'd decided not to: she's old, she knows England, she will be very happy in my friend's house where they will adore her and look after her every need. To fly her across the world to a home with wild coyotes across the fields, and 6 foot of snow in the winter would just not be fair. So Till-puss is staying. She's going in to the cattery for 12 days as the friend that is going to give her a new home is away on holiday when we leave, then she will be collected and looked after, and be content.

Then I told myself to get a grip and pull myself together. Took the dogs for a walk - it was warm when I got dressed this morning, then got colder so I put on a jumper. Then before we set off for our walk the heavens opened and the water came tumbling down so I put on coat and hat. Whilst we were walking it dried up and got hotter and humid; off came hat and coat and jumper. A lovely walk down the track, past the pond, up through the fields, then down and up the valley to home.

Next job to be done was to clear the cellar of dust-covered half empty bottles of alcohol. Pimms, Pastis, Pernod, Rum, Sloe Gin, Sherry; all have gone down the drain, and the kitchen now smells like a pub populated with ladies perched on bar stools drinking Pernod with cocktail umbrellas sticking out of the glass. On with it all.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #36 of 306 Old 07-11-2012, 02:41 PM
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You poured the booze away That is *throws herself on the floor crying* terrible..

When we were first married we lived in the Orkney Islands, and when we were moving down to England we had a cattle trailer and a Dormabile to get all our stuff in, so we threw a huge leaving party to use up all the booze. We had a fantastic night, the Orcadians party hard, but when I eventually emerged the next day we had actually ended up with more alcohol than we started with, so had to throw another party to try again

I think you have made a very sensible choice for your cat, but it doesn't how much your head knows that, the heart will keep nagging that maybe it could be different. I believe she will be a lot happier living out her days in an environment she knows and understands, and, if she is anything like our cat, she sees us as staff anyway, as long as the service of food and another needs is maintained she doesn't care to much who provides it!
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GoldenHorse - I have kept back all the bottles of Fizz. I'm going to take them to the School Barbecue on the last day so we can all party in style

But seriously, no one in their right mind would have wanted to drink that mix. Pernod anyone? I don't think so.

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post #38 of 306 Old 07-13-2012, 03:24 AM
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I also think the choice you made for your cat was a very kind one. It's nice to know that your friend will be taking care of her and she will be loved. I have never had Pernod so I'm not sure what you're missing by putting it all down the drain.
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Rain rain go to Spain

It's remarkably damp here, and that's coming from a true English Rose who thinks that the UK has the nicest weather possible. Apparently the gulf stream that should be way up North at this time of the year has got stuck over us, and so we're having more water dumped on this little island that anyone had thought possible.

Hay has not been cut, Maize is not growing, cattle have come off the 'summer' pastures and into the sheds, and all horsey events planned on grass are being cancelled.

Do you think the weather gods are trying to send me a not-so-subtle hint about emigrating?

Anyway, today it's not the rain but us that will go to Spain. Hurray! When the Canada move became a reality I went into UK overdrive, and planned as many as possible trips to London with son so that I could fill his little head with London HistoryandCulture before we go. I also remembered that we are long overdue to visit his godfather in Barcelona, and that's not an easy trip from Edmonton. So we are going this weekend. Sunshine, friendship, and good food await, yah!!

I will now add that I have absolutely nothing against North American culture, and will happily absorb it all when we are there. But being a London girl myself, I grew up doing Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square et al every school holiday - so I want Son to get some of that as well.

Happy Weekend everyone!

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It's remarkably damp here, and that's coming from a true English Rose who thinks that the UK has the nicest weather possible. Apparently the gulf stream that should be way up North at this time of the year has got stuck over us, and so we're having more water dumped on this little island that anyone had thought possible.

Hay has not been cut, Maize is not growing, cattle have come off the 'summer' pastures and into the sheds, and all horsey events planned on grass are being cancelled.

Do you think the weather gods are trying to send me a not-so-subtle hint about emigrating?

Anyway, today it's not the rain but us that will go to Spain. Hurray! When the Canada move became a reality I went into UK overdrive, and planned as many as possible trips to London with son so that I could fill his little head with London HistoryandCulture before we go. I also remembered that we are long overdue to visit his godfather in Barcelona, and that's not an easy trip from Edmonton. So we are going this weekend. Sunshine, friendship, and good food await, yah!!

I will now add that I have absolutely nothing against North American culture, and will happily absorb it all when we are there. But being a London girl myself, I grew up doing Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square et al every school holiday - so I want Son to get some of that as well.

Happy Weekend everyone!
It's not only the UK being hit with consistant rain, the ducks are even complaining here in Ireland. I long for proper summer weather that I grew up with back in Saskatchewan, and sitting in pools to try and cool ourselves - NOT sitting in pools of water and wading through lakes that really aren't meant to be there! My horses have been stabled more days this summer than they were over the winter.. and they shouldn't be stabled at all!

We've had two shows cancelled on us, but *fingers crossed* we have one going ahead on Sunday. We managed to find a show last Sat for the little one's first ever leadrein class but the ground was horrific. Race meetings are being called off in every direction and even jumps lads are remarking that the ground is too soft!

Enjoy yourself in Spain! Try to remind yourself that you CAN and will get back to visit. As I said, I'll be (hopefully) taking the same leap as you next year, and i'm adament that my kids will come back to Ireland as often as possible to visit my inlaws.
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