23rd October, 2011
Almost November and the temperature reached 21F in Woking this afternoon. The sun was out; the sky was blue and the trees showed early signs of Autumn. If this is Global Warming, give me more of it. We were up early and out at 8.00 am to take Phyllis & Colin to Gatwick for their flight to Spain. The M25 was very quiet and we got there and back in an hour. We were back in time to watch the rugby final. It was a good match which I enjoyed because I wasn’t partisan.
This afternoon we went down to the flat but we have been so busy over the past two or three weeks that I felt too tired to continue unpacking boxes or cleaning. We picked up the post and went off to read the papers. I was only pleased that I don’t have access to Sky TV so I couldn’t see United’s humiliation.
24th October, 2011
Went down to our apartment to open some more boxes. I wrote an inventory of our unwanted furniture – or our second downsizing. Went to Waitrose to buy food for our evening meal. Met Mandy which was quite a surprise. Later, as we were about to start cooking, Mandy called round with the boys who had been out playing tennis. They gave us each a little chocolate cake that they had made. To say thank you, I put the boys on the carpet and sat on them. I’m sure they appreciated it.
25th October, 2011
We were supposed to be meeting the Sky installers this afternoon but the day started off disastrously. We had lent our large, flat screen TV to Phyllis & Colin while we were away in Greece. Today, we had to take it down to the flat ready for the Sky+ installation. We have ordered Sky+HD multiroom and Sky phone and Broadband package. It saves us about £50.00 per month on our separate services from Sky and BT. Let’s hope the quality is as good. Anyway, as we carried the huge TV down to the front door to put it in our car, we realised that there was a problem. The front door would not unlock. It is a mortice lock and it looks like one of the levers has dropped down blocking the lock in the process. Nothing daunted, we manage to lug the TV out of the back door, through the conservatory, across the car park to the car.
We drove down to the flat. When we got there, I took out all the paperwork I had received from Sky only to realise that viewing cards should have arrived in the post and hadn’t. I had to phone Sky and rearrange. Viewing cards will be sent in 3-5 days. We returned to Phyllis & Colin’s house, tried the lock again with no success and proceeded to search for local locksmiths. As luck would have it, there is a locksmith who lives twenty houses up the road from here. We are waiting for him now.
While we wait, I phone Woking Community Furniture Project and ask them to come and collect our our unwanted furniture. They will come on Friday. They have craftsmen who will spruce it up and give/sell it to needy people.
The locksmith came, inserted a screwdriver into the lock and gently twisted it until it clicked back in to place. It took him thirty seconds. He said he would normally charge £75.00 but, because he was a neighbour, it would only cost £45.00. Oh, Thanks!
26th October, 2011
A very grey and wet day. We went shopping – again. We went to Bath Store in Walton on Thames to buy cabinets for the bathrooms. We bought mirror-fronted stainless steel wall cabinets – 3 x double, 1 x single + 1 x tall – to have put up in the family bathroom, the en suite and the downstairs cloakroom. We have a little man coming to put them up for us soon.
We went on to Farnham to a shop I had found on the Internet and which we were so pleased to see. We wanted a dining table and chairs, a tall display cabinet for glasses, etc and a sideboard for cutlery & crockery. I found some lovely oak pieces on line and one of a handful of outlets happened to be in Farnham about a mile and a half from Jane BG’s house. I didn’t destroy her day by calling round unannounced but I may do one day. The furniture store is called Oak-Furniture-land in East Street. As soon as we saw it, we loved the furniture and bought everything we needed. The lady processing our order was struggling with her computer. I told her I was an ex-IT teacher and it made her even more nervous.
We went to Waitrose in West Byfleet and bought trout for tea. Pauline cooked it with a lemon, tarragon and olive oil marinade. It was wonderful with a green salad. Waitrose is posh even for a Sainsbury shopper. When we leave the carpark we don’t put our validated ticket in to a machine to raise the barrier. We hand it to a man who is dressed like, looks like and sounds like Prince Charles. He says, Thank you very much, Sir. Drive carefully. I’ve started to tease him that he could be a machine. I ask him if he needs oiling, etc.
27th October, 2011
A pleasant and quite warm day. After quite a lot of driving yesterday, we had a morning off bringing our diaries up to date, contacting suppliers to firm up delivery dates, doing correspondence we have not done since leaving Greece. After lunch, we went down to the flat and prepared for visitors who are arriving on Friday. The Furniture Project are arriving to take away unwanted items many of which had belonged to Pauline’s Mum and had just tided us over in temporary accommodation:
Items for Collection
· Reclining Arm Chair Large upholstered metal action
· Two walnut veneer coffee tables
· Old pine kitchen chair
· Dressing Table with back mirror modern pine
· Two bedside cabinets modern pine
· Kingsize Bed Pine Head & Foot boards Iron side rails folding base
· Nearly new mattress
· Circular Dining Table + 4 chairs
· Standard lamp
· Television stand
The other callers tomorrow will bring wood flooring for the hall which has to acclimatise in our property before it is put down permanently.
28th October, 2011
Beautiful clear blue skies and strong sunshine. We had to be down at the apartment for 11.00 am. We got the furniture ready for handover and then took a couple of garden chairs outside and sat in the sun under the gloriously autumnal trees and waited for visitors. Packs of wood for the hall floor arrived first at 12.00 pm and we had to wait almost until 4.00 pm before the furniture was collected.
Back at Phyllis & Colin’s house we ate rabbit stew with garlic bread and green salad. It was absolutely delicious. Brought my calendar up to date:
||Woking Community Furniture Project 11.00 am 4.00 pm / Carpetright delivery of flooring
||Browns hair with Genny 9.15 am / Bathstore Walton to collect cabinets
||Collect Phyllis & Colin from Gatwick 1.00 pm
||John to see Dr Goad 3.30pm – Take all medication
||Sky Specialist to install box
||Residents meeting 6.30 pm Maybury Centre, Board School Road. GU21 5HD
||Openreach Engineer – 8.00 am 1.00 pm
||INR Check – Woking Walk-in Medical Centre 9.25 am
||Wardrobe materials delivered
||Wardrobes & Shelves fitted All Day
||Carpets & Hard flooring layed – Morning
||Kathy health check at Hillview 11.40am
||Bed delivered Advised time by text message + Lounge Furniture
||Trip to France
|December 12th – 17th
It feels quite busy although I suppose I would have considered it easy in the past.
29th October, 2011
A gorgeous, sunny day with clear blue skies. Off early to Weybridge for Pauline to have her haircut at Brown’s Hairdressers by a girl who trained at Sassoons in London and is a trainer herself now. I love Pauline having her hair cut because I get a quiet hour in a coffee shop with the paper. Today it was Coffee Republic on Weybridge High Street. She seemed reasonably pleased with the result but I have a feeling the search may go on. We went on to Bath Store in Walton on Thames to pick up five bathroom cabinets we’d ordered.
Back home and ham & salad sandwiches and a glass of red wine for lunch with Football Focus. Life could be a lot worse.