Friday, 30 November 2012

Let the pre-move commence - It's treasure-tastic

Apologies dahlink. You may have noticed that my blog had been down for the majority of yesterday (and thanks soooo much to you people who emailed me to let me know!). Just to clarify; it wasn't my fault. Apparently I had a DNS problem. It's something that I don't quite understand, but it sounded like something that should have been treated by the genito-urinary department.

I have now been informed that it is all up and running again.

My mate Dave does the fixing ..... he owns the hosting company that I use, and because we have known each other for many years - waaaay before we worked together - he always looks after me with extra special diligence. And for getting yesterday's problem fixed, I might even send him a flapjack as a thank you. The poor bastard.
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Anyway, I digress. Back to the matter in hand .........

Do you know when NASA launches space rockets? Why do they always say 'T minus 9 seconds' when they are doing the countdown? What does the T stand for? And why is it needed? It's something that has bugged me for ages. Like, why do you have to dry-clean raincoats?

Suffice to say, I have 'T minus 9 days' until I move house and the pressure is mounting, despite the fact that I try to shrug it off like an errant baked bean on my shoulder.

Even though I don't consider myself to be a hoarder (in fact, I am non-sentimental about disposing of stuff), the main problem was that I still had too many things to fit into my new house, so I needed to jettison loads of crap.

But in doing so, I encountered a real mystery. When I moved into my house, it was totally empty. Every room was a blank canvas.

"That's not a bloody mystery!" I hear you cry.

True. But what IS a mystery, is that during the clear-out process, I have discovered a whole heap of weird objects that I didn't put in there, and I honestly have no idea where they came from (the same happened when I moved from my London house - I found a load of interesting antiques in the attic - which I'm sure was empty when I moved in).

Anyway, because I am like Mother Theresa, but with a better hairdo, I have got some pictures for you .......... starting with the cellar (or basement as you call it in the US) ...........

Pic.No.1 This was the cellar AFTER I had spent a week clearing it out ..... GULP. Not looking good. It's still a European shit mountain

Pic.No.2 I did find a lot of my old stuff that I expected ..... like this oil filled radiator. And I just bunged it all on Fleabay

Pic.No.3 This was also one of mine ...... a tennis racket that I used at University. That's got to have antique value

Pic.No.4 Now we move onto the 'mystery' stuff. Starting with this tiny copper based oil-lamp. Where the blazes did it come from? It is small, but very cute (at 12cm high). Actually scrub that. Oil Lamps are not cute. It's like calling a light-bulb cute. But I'm going to clean it up. And flog it

Pic.No.5 More mystery. This was very interesting. It was a whole stack of old oil paintings ..... I will go through them later and let you know if there was anything of note in there

Pic.No.6 Mysterious-tastic! A vintage metal Guinness ashtray saying 'Guinnless isn't good for you'. I love this. I want to serve mince pies in it at Christmas

Pic.No.7 Mysterious-tastic-tastic! I found this old clay pipe down in the cellar too. It probably dates from Victorian times and has a grape motif on the sides. But where did it hail from?

Pic.No.8 Mysterious-tastic-tastic-tastic. An old 'Imperial' Typewriter. Do you know what, if I knew how to do it, I would rig it up to an iPad for comedy value

Pic.No.9  Mysterious-tastic-tastic-tastic-tastic. I found a bloody AXE in my cellar. WTF? Maybe I could use it to behead pixies ... but then who would collect Izzy's teeth?

But it was not just the cellar that has needed a good clear out ....... I had to comb through all the other rooms looking for things that we won't need in the new house and it's a lot ..................

Pic.No.9 There's lots of little things that I need to sell, like these Laura Ashley cushions

Pic.No.10 And do you remember when I bought this in January? It was one of my new gadgets at the time ..... but now it has to be sold because I have a built-in microwave at the new house. So it's on Fleabay

Pic.No. 11 Huzzar, it's me! I found this fancy hat down in the cellar (and the phone rang just as the auto-pic on my camera went off. DOH). I have worn it all day, pretending to be Lady M of Forest Hill. The Postman was quite surprised: he said "bloody hell, you look a bit glamorous for a Friday morning."

Pic.No.12 GRRRRRRR ..... at the moment, every room is full of shit that needs sorting out. And I have to do it all in a single week. As they say ...... what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger

Wish me luck dahlink!

P.S. Today I called British Telecom and arranged for them to activate my telephone and broadband in the new house. They confirmed that I will get my new broadband equipment on Friday, and that the actual service will be activated on Saturday. If that happens, I will make a kebab out of Naughty George and eat him with some cabbage salad and chilli sauce.

P.P.S. Apparently I will be getting the keys to my new house tomorrow! (Even though I am not supposed to move in until next weekend). But the new landlord thought it would be easier for me if I could move over the period of a week .... and he is right. Awwwww, I love you, Dean (in a non-sexual way).

P.P.P.S. Naughty George has got a habit of sleeping outside of the closed door of the Guest Bedroom. As though he is waiting to get in. It's weird. As though there is someone in there that he wants to get to.

 Pic.No.13 Naughty George sleeping outside of the Guest Bedroom

Hopefully the new house will sort that out.

16 comments:

  1. Is this a life purge you are having... and isn't that clay pipe worth something? looks spensive...
    Your shit mountains look like my office always looks... hmmm what does that say about me....

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  2. I reckon Naughty George is stressed out with the sorting and packing and would prefer to stay albeit in the spare room....

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  3. I moved either me or my mother four times in the last two years. BT wise, Naughty George is safe.

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  4. Keep the oil lamp. V useful in a power cut! If you happen to have any " oil" for it that is ! Love that dog .

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  5. Where's the bloody Antiques Roadshow when you need 'em?

    And pic number three has confirmed an old theory of mine: the tennis girl, scratching her backside in that famous Athena poster... that's you, isn't it?

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  6. T means Take off, but you really knew that anyway it was just a test to see if we are paying attention.


    BT have given a date, that's much like getting a date out of a box of them, pretty meaningless in the whole plan of things.


    Your clear out looks real fun, and it is amazing what we collect, I was having a clear out the other day and found the original FROG modem I had when I first had broadband, the excitement was so so too much!!!


    Hope it all goes well and we look forward to hearing of all the problems when BT get you sorted at the new place, so have a great Christmas, enjoy the spring, don't eat too many Easter Eggs and we will see you back on in the summer some time..... With a bit of luck!!!!

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  7. First, let me say, I am totally jealous that you use a hosting company. I don't even know if that is an option here for a Blogger blog. I had a DSN problem a week or so ago and called Enom, the company that holds the custom domains for Google. They basically told me to go screw myself as I bought it from Google and Google being the model of all great customer service **choke, gag** says take it up with Enom. See how effective all that works.

    As for the stuff...are you absolutely sure that you don't have multiple personalities that are sharing your body? Perhaps, your hoarding personality, collects stuff without you being aware. It's like the 7 Faces of Eve...heck, there's probably a movie to be made of your story.

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  8. Love that Imperial typewriter...and by all means, don't toss the axe. It's a nice addition to any home. It makes you look like a sporty Daniel Boone type. Good luck with the move. I pity you. I've moved 24 times in 56 years and I'm worse for the wear. P.S. Don't eat George.

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  9. Crikey, I didn't think you had fairies in your cellar, but you must have. I would definitely check out that clay pipe, it looks better than average. Good luck with all the moving, especially the BT part of it.

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  10. You appear to be holding a dildo to your ear whilst wearing a bad hat.



    This moving malarkey really is stressful.

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  11. A pipe, a typewriter and an axe. Berluddy hell Annie. A homicidal author with a penchant for pipe smoking? A pipe collecting woodsman who has an interesting story to tell? It's like a weird episode of Through the Keyhole!

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  12. It also builds character!! You can do it Annie, I KNOW you can!!

    Look at that loot you found in the basement! I think the clay pipe will surprise you if you sell it. Now dont give it away.

    Have a great week and good that you can do a bit each day...get started girl. Good luck.

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  13. A voyage of (re)discovery in your own basement! What fun! I'd keep the axe myself, especially with all the camping you do. You can't go camping without an axe. How would you pound in the tent pegs and split logs for kindling without one? As for all the other comments about axes being a sure sign of a homocidal maniac, I would beg to differ. Just a few weeks ago, I was picking up my order of locally farmed pork, and the farmer was helping me to the car with my big box of frozen meat. I opened the trunk, and there was a big axe lying there. Fortunately I think the farmer thought that an axe was an ordinary sort of thing to keep in a trunk because he didn't say anything, or run off, or call the cops. It turned out that my husband had unpacked almost everything from his fall camping trip, except the axe. Or at least that's what he says....

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  14. bodaciousboomer3 December 2012 16:10

    That old typewriter is nifty. I can think of lots of cool things to do it for it Ecofab wise. As for the tennis racquet, the one I used in college was made of wood! You are so young.

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  15. First, let me say, I am totally jealous that you use a hosting company. I don't
    even know if that is an option here for a Blogger blog. I had a DSN problem a
    week or so ago and called Enom, the company that holds the custom domains for
    Google. They basically told me to go screw myself as I bought it from Google and
    Google being the model of all great customer service **choke, gag** says take it
    up with Enom. See how effective all that works.

    As for the stuff...are
    you absolutely sure that you don't have multiple personalities that are sharing
    your body? Perhaps, your hoarding personality, collects stuff without you being
    aware. It's like the 7 Faces of Eve...heck, there's probably a movie to be made
    of your story.

    ReplyDelete

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