Well I thought moving house was exhausting but it seems settling in isn't exactly restful either.
I can't believe we've been here 3 weeks already but of course the arrival of two new grandsons rather threw any ideas of routine out of the window.
We still have boxes to unpack and jobs to do but we're making progress all the time. Just slowly! We're learning how to work things, where to put things, where to find things etc etc.
And then we realise that actually some things work better when stored elsewhere and we have to learn all over again where they are.
It's been very wet since we arrived but we did take advantage of a couple of dry spells to get out and explore. We're on the edge of Epping Forest and a five minute walk or so from woodland and Highams Park and Lake.
The last pic was taken on Sunday, the others were taken last Tuesday.
We're looking forward to exploring more of the forest.
We've also managed to get our wifi working throughout the house - Nick's den as we refer to it is in the top part of the extension to the house and had poor reception due to the 9 inch thick wall but we've sorted that now. We've also got reception out here:
This studio will be my hideaway when I want some peace and quiet lol. The former owners used it as a home office. I've got my bureau out there plus my sewing machine and I will have an exercise bike out there when we pick it up from my daughter. She has bought herself an all singing and dancing exercise machine so no longer needs her more basic bike. We also need to get an ordinary shed for our garden stuff - things like the lawnmower, tools, etc which for now are sitting in the studio.
But of course all these things take time. Just notifying everyone that we've moved is taking up a lot of my time. Especially at the moment with many call centre/admin staff working from home.
Yes of course some of these things can be done on line and are easier than others. It doesn't help when the main Government department (HMRC) have your date of birth incorrect on their records. I spent ages online trying to set up a "Gateway" account to update our address only to be told repeatedly they did not recognise me. When I eventually got through to a human being on the phone he spotted the problem but wouldn't actually tell me. But my telling me I need to send in a certified copy of my birth certificate it became obvious what the problem was.
Just another little chore to add to the to do list. Fortunately my best friend's daughter is a solicitor so she will be able to do the certifying for me.
We've also managed a trip to Nottingham at the end of last week to meet Grandson Miles and just in time. Nottingham are now under tighter lock down restrictions due to Covid and we would be breaking the rules now by visiting them. So glad we went!