Blogs from Ashford Common, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common March 21st 2011

George woke this morning feeling really under the weather. The pressure of recent weeks has finally caught up him. We continued and did what we could to get everything ready for our departure tomorrow. Made a visit to the local charity shop and arranged for them to visit home in the morning to collect the final bits. We were supposed to be meeting Theresa’s family for dinner, but had to cancel as we were neither in a fit state for it. Did pay them a quick farewell visit though. Stayed in a hotel overnight to ensure that we both got a good nights sleep. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common March 18th 2011

The big clear up is progressing with avengance. Booked the ferry from Cadiz to Tenerife today. Left it a little late so no double cabins left. Booked into a quadruple cabin instead. Bit more space for us for the 2 day journey. Picked up 5000 Euros from the post office today. Decided it was too difficult to tell the credit cards and banks what days we would be arriving in each country, so will be spending cash only from when we leave UK to when we arrive in Tenerife. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common March 16th 2011

Booked the first of two ferry tickets. Booked from Portsmouth to Caen in France (6 hour sailing) for the afternoon of 22nd March. We will have to get everything ready by the end of Monday to be able to get there on time. A tight deadline, but we can do it. We are both getting a little stressed with the work left to do, but ultimately know it is achievable. Cannot wait to go now. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common March 12th 2011

Good news in the post today. Got the DVLA log book for the new car. Means we can now book the ferries for our trip to Tenerife. House really looking pretty empty now. We sold Theresa’s bike this morning. We have also sold the bed and TV, but they will not be picked up until next weekend. The 3 piece suite went at Christmas but this morning we sold the sofa bed that we have been sitting on since. Luckily, we have been able to borrow a couple of chairs to sit on for the next week or so. Maybe someone is telling us we haven’t got time to sit down and relax. It certainly feels like it. There is still so much to do. Having a big paperwork clearing day tomorrow, so sorting it all ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common March 9th 2011

Eventually picked up the new car today. It is as nice as we were expecting. Drove home only to find that we had left the house keys in the old car, so had to make another visit to the garage to pick them up. We have the new wheels now, but unfortunately cannot book anything for our departure until the DVLA log book turns up. Garage estimates this could take up to 3 weeks. We are hoping it will not, as we cannot leave without it. Ebay is hoting up now. The house is looking rather empty ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common February 22nd 2011

It is one month today that we shall be leaving for Tenerife via France. Final lot of auctions are going up now on ebay. We have so far done about 1350. About another 300 left to do. Final day for these is 7 March ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common February 21st 2011

We have, probably daftly, volunteered to clear the garage at my father’s house. We meet him there this morning and there is far more there than we first thought. Agree with him that we will come back tomorrow and start on it, as we are still tired from the travelling yesterday. Had dinner with Theresa’s sister Kim and her family as her father is staying with them. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common February 20th 2011

A reasonable timed flight today of 12.45pm. Not quite sure on bus times yet, so leave in plenty of time to make sure we get a good seat on the Ryanair flight home ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common February 9th 2011

Decided today that we would replace our car before going to Tenerife. The amount we take with us will be impacted by this decision. To try to take some of the pressure off of the amount we can take to Tenerife, we have decided to take two hold bags of clothes with us when we go next week. That should get most of the clothes over. Sorting out of the possessions is going well. We have about 150 auction items ready to go up onto ebay this Sunday that will work whilst we are away. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Ashford Common January 27th 2011

Now the fun begins. We have until 22 March 2011 to complete emptying of the house. We will take a car load of stuff to Tenerife with us and can store a small amount in George’s Sisters loft, but everything else has to go. Getting really good at ebay. ... read more

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