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#TheGallery – Week 170: New

Last few months have seen a lot of new.  New house, new area, new friends, new village, new schools, new and interesting ways in which DIY can be botche (in the past, that is. We do things properly), new playparks and new beaches.

Okay, so the beach is now an hour and a half away, not a 5 minute stroll.  And the rockpools aren’t there.  And Skegness was, to all intents and purposes, closed when we visited during the Christmas break…  But it’s the sea, dammit, and since I lived right by it for the last 10 years it still brought a lump to my throat when I saw it again.

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Kids weren’t so impressed, mind you. It was windy, the sand blew in their faces and they couldn’t wait to get into McDonalds for lunch (first place we found open!).

We’ll be back in the summer, when no doubt we’ll have to pay for parking and find the beach stuffed with tourists (like us).

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Can you dig it?

Well, my good lady certainly can!  Displaying some skills inherited from her dad’s side of the family, my wife is an ace with spade and fork while I’m pretty handy with a mattock, axe and generally using brute force to pull out the roots of whatever’s left.

The transformation of our garden continues – fruit trees, strawberry plug-plants and assorted herbs have been ordered and we need to get the place ready for them.

This is the result of Sunday’s labour…

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But the best bit…  The best bit, was this:

IMG_20140105_151133Draped across the top of the bonfire (that would not light, not even when “persuaded” with lighter fuel and BP’s finest unleaded) is the last of the bramble roots that needed digging out.  To give you some idea, that circle of bricks is roughly 5 feet across.  I’m sure the brambles will be back, the little shoots and seeds we didn’t manage to get, but the big boys have been dealt with.

Next step…  Chickens!

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The Lincolnshire Diaries 3 – One Month In

Hardly believe it was only a month ago since we made the move!  The anniversary was really a couple of days ago but I only realised this morning when one of the kids asked how long we’d been here!

It has been a rollercoaster of a move and I would not recommend anyone doing it at this time of year.  However, it proves that it can be done on pretty short notice and that my kids are fantastic.

To recap…

Scotland changes education system, Shetland Islands Council unveils it’s “plan” for implementing said new system.  We dig escape tunnel.

2 days before we were due to get on the boat, we didn’t have a house to move in to!  The house we were hoping to move to (seen from the outside by my dad and inside by one of my brothers) had problems that we knew about (boiler, carpets, oven) and problems we didn’t know about.

On moving in we found damp, no down-pipe, satellite cable routed through the upstairs bedroom window, condemned stove, really crappy bathroom suite, dodgy DIY repairs to stuff, blocked chimney, the garden, did I mention the damp?

In one month, as my kids put it, we’ve turned this place from some rooms into a home.  The final touches were put in place last night when we lit the lounge fire for the first time and just relaxed.

Memorable Quotes…

“We’re not staying here very long, are we?” – Thing 2

“What the fuckety fuck have we done?” – Me

“I swear I saw a dragon guarding a castle back there!” – Thing 1 on seeing the Wall of Thorns (Green creature, 5/5 Blocker, You go in there, you’re not coming out.  Not in one piece, anyway – Khorash, Elven Ranger)

“It is! It’s the back wall!” – My wife once we’d got the Wall of Thorns down to a 0/1 creature.

“It’s like he’s always been here.” Thing 3’s class teacher at the wonderful local school

“You again?” – Staff at Branch Bros, Bourne.

“You again?” – Staff at Screwfix, Bourne.

“You again?” – Staff at the Bourne Recycling Centre

“How did you do that? We never get those returned!” – Local garden centre on seeing what had happened to the garden fork they’d sold me not 2 hours previously

“Wow! Your bed is really high!” – All 5 kids, in turn, on seeing the raised bed in the master bedroom.  To be fair, it is about 5′ off the floor.  Advantages, lots of very useful space underneath.  Disadvantage – the loo is downstairs and adding in a stepladder is not helpful.

“How do you fit that lot in there?” – Just about anyone seeing the Horde exiting the house on the way to school.

“You’ve really made this place a home!” – Thing2, warming his hands in front of the fire.

Baston is a wonderful village to have moved to.  Carols (and very good beer) in the pub the other night.  A cake from one of our neighbors on day 2 (my goodness that was a real lift!  A wonderful moment that just raised our spirits).  So much stuff going on at the local hall and in the surrounding villages.

There were times during the last month when I questioned our decision to move.  Times when I seriously wondered whether it would have been better to have put Thing1 into boarding school and seen what happened.  They were fleeting moments, though, and they’re gone now.  The kids are settled in their schools, Thing5 starts nursery in January and life is (on the whole) good.

2014 is going to be an interesting year for Scotland in general and Shetland in particular.

Now, the only thing that remains is getting me sorted.  No rush, I’ve got a chicken house to build.