Saturday, 15 December 2012

Welcome to my new house dahlink!

Gordon-bleedin'-Bennett. It's been a helluva week. As you already know, I moved house last weekend, and I've had to muster all my strength to write this post. I feel weaker than Paris Hilton's funny eye. 

Basically, because I was only moving 100 yards down the road, I decided not to hire a van, and instead use my pimp-mobile. Plus I enlisted the help of my cousin Jane, and another chum, who is shy, so I shall call him Sabre for the purposes of this blog. 

We decided to start the move early at 11am, and I had a cunning plan to move a room at a time, so that I wouldn't have to work out where things were going at the new abode, which kind of worked out pretty well, but didn't negate the amount of hard work we had to put in. 

Suffice to say, we did 12 car journeys back and forth ...... and my car is like a van inside when the seats are all collapsed, so that's a lot of stuff. And, I can categorically state that I would rather twat my sofa into pieces with a spade, than try and get it out of the house if I ever leave. That's because the most painful moment of the move was manoeuvring the bastard through a door, and around a 90 degree bend without it touching the floor. It was harder than nailing jelly to a tree.

But Jane and Sabre were magnificent like a Mighty Meat Feast pizza, and by 8pm, we had pretty much moved everything into my new house.

And because I am kind like Florence Nightingale (except I don't tend to sick soldiers), I have got some 'before' and 'after' pictures for you ...........

Pic.No.1 Before - this was my new dining room just after we had finished moving

Pic.No.2 After - this was my dining room this evening (that's my computer on the table that I blog from)

Pic.No.3 I haven't got a 'before' picture of this angle. But technically, this is an 'after' picture of the view into the kitchen from the dining room (all those boxes on the floor are my Christmas decorations waiting to go up)

Pic.No.4 Before - This was my kitchen shortly after moving in

Pic.No.5 After - This was my kitchen this evening

Pic.No.6 Before - Another view of my kitchen shortly after moving in

Pic.No.7 After - This is what my kitchen looks like now. Yes, I know that if you live in America, it probably looks small, but everything is WAY smaller in the UK

Pic.No.8 This was Jane donning one of my hats that she found during the move .... nob!

Pic.No.9 This is Naughty George's new home ...... a basket right next to the radiator. He bloody loves it. He only gets out twice a day to piss on my potted plants in the garden

Pic.No.10 Before - This was my living room after just moving in

Pic.No.11 After - This is my living room today. It has actually deteriorated because after I moved, I realised that I had a cellar full of shit that needed moving from the old house (hence the boxes) ....... but it'll get sorted

Pic.No.12 Before - This was the fireplace after just moving in. Those horse-brasses hanging off the fireplace were gross and had to go

Pic.No.13 After - Jeez the whole room still looks like something from the 70s. I REALLY need to paint that horrible cupboard in the corner and get rid of the BROWN curtains. They make me want to vom

Pic.No.14 And ....... sigh ................ I still have piles of stuff that need to be put somewhere ..... and that's after donating a ton of stuff to charity and to the local school

Pic.No.15 Gulp, this is my DVD surround-sound system. It's been on the floor for a week now because I haven't got a clue what all the wires plug into

Pic.No.16 Another cool thing was that a company called Scotch Brite read that I was moving house and sent me a whole load of freebie cleaning stuff ....... not that I like cleaning, mind you, but it is still ace getting freebies

Also, as expected, despite getting a text from BT informing me that my services were going to be 'live' from last Saturday, (and them delivering all my phone/broadband equipment on-time), it didn't happen.

I plugged my phone and wi-fi router in as instructed and ...... nothing.

So I logged a support call with British Telecom (BT) which went on for two days. We had multiple conversations trying to diagnose the fault, but nothing came to fruition.

But then, a guy called Aaron - nice chap - who had lived in the house before me turned up to collect some of his post. I happened to ask him about whether he had managed to get broadband when he lived here.

"Yeh easily," he said, pointing to a plug socket near to the front door (a socket that I hadn't even noticed) .............................  suffice to say it was NOT the socket that my stuff was plugged into.

And would you berluddy believe it .... I plugged all my kit into the new socket .......... and it worked immediately. DOH.

Apologies to BT ............ they didn't miss a beat ........ it was all my fault. Great service, respect due.

 P.S. So Dahlink, how are your Christmas preparations going?

23 comments:

  1. It's really charming, and a very nice kitchen with granite no less! Wishing you, Izzy and NG much happiness there, my friend.

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  2. Yeah!!! Must feel good to be in and settled. Your place looks bigger than the the cottage,yes? And hey, NG is happy! What more can you ask for!
    LOL on the plug thingy. It sounded all too familiar to me.
    We are gearing up for Christmas here and have our tiny, very tiny, tree up! A plug-in type, no kidding!
    Will pick up our Christmas dinner tomorrow from this great place in Halifax which we discovered a few years ago and haven't looked back.
    Have a great week Annie and all the best of Christmas to you, Izzy,NG and everyone else you love.

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  3. Jane, you deserve a badge or something...or a quaff of your favourite ale! NG...you are one lucky pooch....I wonder if he will end up back at your old abode...now wouldn't that be funny! Now why would a company send you cleaning agents...very bizarre...yes they sell them but they would have to be told you were in need of them...did someone tell them? So nosy aren't I!

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  4. Tidy! (as they say in the old country)

    I would have trogged over to help out if asked but you didn't so neither did I.

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  5. Looks a nice snug place Anne, especially for NG.


    Christmas going to plan at the moment, shame I have no idea what plan that is!!!

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  6. You must be working your bum off. You have made amazing progress. Oh, Darling George just looks so cute in his new spot!!!!

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  7. I live in a house not dissimilar to the "before" pictures. Been nine years since we moved in. Just had a new boiler put in. I was as stressed as a wire on a suspension bridge! Don't get me wrong it all went well, apart from when I thought the room stat didn't work, when it did, but didn't for much longer....Electricians in a rush do get their wires crossed! Now for Christmas.

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  8. Crikey, you worked your socks off didn't you? I hope you can relax and get into the groove now. We don't do Christmas.


    I hadn't realised that Brennig is Welsh!

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  9. It's looking very homely already. NG is well settled.
    You put me to shame. I'm using house disruption as an excuse for having done next to nothing re Christmas and I haven't had to move.

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  10. I've been in this house almost 3 years and am still not that settled in. Obviously Dobby the house elf has been helping you. Give him his sock and let him come help me.

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  11. Ah, but I had a secret weapon - my cousin! She is really good at finding places to put things, so I didn't have to think about it. Shall I ship her over?!



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  12. Why thank you very much! If it is any consolation, the whole place is in disarray again because new windows are being fitted. Crap!



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  13. Bloody did work me socks off. Motivated by the fact that I don't like disorganisation. Mind you, my cousin did pretty well too.



    Is Brennig welsh? He doesn't sound Welsh!



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  14. I had to laugh at the fact that your house is like the 'before' pictures. You daft git! Oooh, a new boiler ... why were you stressed? Hope you got your stat working!



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  15. Yep, I did work my butt off, but so did my cousin. She did all the putting away and arranging of things. The jobs I hate. And I did most of the lifting. It worked well! Naughty George loves the position of his basket next to the radiator. He hardly moves from it!



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  16. It is snug Robert - I really like it. Except for the water pressure in the shower, but I have got Thames Water coming out to check it out.



    Uh oh, so Christmas isn't going to plan. Have you at least done your Christmas shopping?



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  17. Why thank you Bren! Aw thanks for letting me know that you would have helped. That's getting glory after the event that is ;-) How are you diddling anyhows?



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  18. Jane did herself proud. She was a great help. And it's only a matter of time before NG turns up at the old house ;-)



    The cleaning company read a post about me moving, and emailed me to ask if I wanted some cleaning products, and never one to turn down a freebie ....... !!



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  19. It is good to be in and settled, but at the moment I am having new windows fitted, so it is chaos again. Grrrrrr. A tiny tree sounds a lot less hassle than a big one. I might have to follow suit. I am loving this idea of you picking up your Christmas dinner - what's that all about then? Where do you get it from? you have a great week too matey!!



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  20. Thanks very much me dear. I am really liking living here already ...... it's cosy and has fabulous views. Sounds not dissimilar to your pad!



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  21. Yep, they say 'tidy' in some parts of Wales, I seem to think that it is mainly the Cardiff area, but I could be wrong. Not in my neck of the woods though!

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  22. The wife sorts the shopping, I am an Atheist so just do the food bit and a pressie for the wife.
    Problem is being an Atheist I don't get as many holidays!!!

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  23. You clean up nicely! The house is looking so warm and inviting. We still have pictures sitting on the floor in the basement waiting to be hung on a wall. We have lived in our house for 1.5 years already! Happy unpacking.

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