Selling up and buying has been a prolonged and stressful process. We started preparing the house for sale in March with a lot of stuff going into storage in May , then painting, new carpets etc. We accepted offer in last week of July and had our offer accepted but there were a lot of delays along the way with buyer having to reapply for mortgage and then in the final stages problems with the top of the chain and their equity release. It was touch and go whether we'd make it before Xmas, with less than a week between exchange and completion.
But we're here now ,enjoying turning this house into a home and preparing for Christmas. Xmas is in storage !!( at least all our decorations are) and there's been no time to send out cards - we'll be putting together our annual newsletter while Ian is off work and sending out new address /New Year cards.
The move itself went pretty smoothly. Our friends Sue and Peter kindly offered us accommodation at their house for the few days before we moved so we were able to pack up everything ( including bed linen etc) and have a nice meal and company at the end of the day rather than camping out.
Rather than camping out in our new house we' d booked 3 nights in 'Queen Matilda' in Faversham Creek hotel which was very luxurious - I've never slept in a 7ft four poster before! Sue and Peter joined as at the hotel for 2nd and 3rd nights and we had a delicious Xmas meal in the 'Red Sails Restaurant to celebrate. They earnt it , unpacking the kitchen boxes and taking them back to recycle.
There's been lots going on in Faversham in the run up to Christmas: markets , concerts , carols ( look forward to joining the choir for Haydn's Creation in January). I've also submitted a couple of pieces for the Open Exhibition at Creek Creative. Haven't yet made it to Macknades but I'm collecting a leg of lamb and choosing some cheeses tomorrow for Xmas from MB Farms on West Street . Faversham is very foody place, I think we will be very happy here!