Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Days of our lives

I’m pleased to report that Jase has recovered from his brush with swine flu.  He was in quarantine all of last week but after starting Tamiflu made a speedy recovery.

We’ve had the opportunity to deal with approximately 30 years of photographs over the last two weekends as part of our packing and sorting.  We found an excellent company on the internet who take all your old photos and scan them into digital copies.

We sent them approximately 2000 photos from 30 years (unfortunately excluding ones already in photo albums as I had packed these already) and within three days they had scanned them and returned them to us with the photos on a DVD.  Through this method, we were able to save these precious photos from further degradation in quality.

I am so pleased with the result!  We looked through the photos and it brought back so many memories, but frustratingly we also realised how much we’d already forgotten.  I’m hoping these memories will come back when we look at the photos again.

We have begun to build our photo archive here on Flickr.  I will need to get Jase to dig out some of his baby photos the next time we are in York.

Ruby Wedding celebration

Four weekends ago, we headed up to York to celebrate my in-law’s Ruby Wedding anniversary.  Suzanne and Peter had invited their close friends and wider family to help them celebrate the occasion.  My parents headed down from Edinburgh for the weekend as they were invited too.

We were a little worried on the way up as the weather hadn’t been all that great and the forecast was for a cold and grey day.  I hurriedly unpacked all the summer clothes that I had originally packed and repacked for a colder day before leaving London.

We arrived close to midnight on the Thursday night, so went straight to bed on arrival.  The following day, we helped Suzanne and Peter get ready for the big day by preparing food and doing odd jobs.

On the Friday evening, a large marquee was erected in the back garden.  We were amazed at the speed with which it went up considering at that time the heavens opened and it was pouring with rain.

On Saturday, Suzanne’s family started to arrive.  It was lovely to meet them for the first time and get to know them a bit.  My parents also arrived that afternoon, so we spent a lovely evening as an extended family out at a local Chinese restaurant called Maxi’s.

This is Suzanne with two of her sisters.  Jase also got to meet one of his cousins for the first time.

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Moving to Richmond

At the end of last week, we finally exchanged contracts on our house and have set a date for moving out!  We were absolutely thrilled to have sold our house in 7 weeks despite the current housing market and additionally to get what we asked for the house.  Our estate agents worked their socks off for us, so all credit to them.

We have had several weekends of sorting and packing, thus the lack of updates online.  We finally finished clearing out the loft this weekend, including all the old carpets that had been stacked up there from the year dot.  Worryingly, some of them had become a good hiding place for moths so they were quickly taken to the tip.  The loft is now gloriously empty; just a shame it wasn’t that way when we moved in ourselves.

It has been really cathartic; we have taken 5 car loads of stuff to the tip and at least 3 car loads to the charity shop.  I couldn’t believe some of the stuff that Jase had hoarded over the years in our loft (we’ve only been in this house since the end of 2004 but there was hoarding going on even before that).