My Mother in Law has jumped at the chance to house sit in March when I return to Dubai, my SIL will bring her up the weekend before I travel. only 1 house rule 'DON'T LET THE CAT OUT' My friend has said she'll walk Bob after work, apart from the week she's out with me in Dubai.
I'm loving the weather other than the storm and the rain, but the cold is good. I'd forgotten what it was like to come home after a trip out and just put my pjs on and snuggle up on the sofa under a blanket.
The house is starting to feel like a home again. Peter has done quite a few repairs and I've finished sorting the paperwork and changing our address. We received less than half the deposit back from our tenants, you can read about that and the house repairs on the blog this week (link below)
We had planned a walk on the Malvern Hills, but the weather was bad so we walked to the retail park for a coffee and back. Took child 4 and 4a to Birmingham airport for their flight home and stopped along the route for Sunday lunch. Home, into PJs and watched the telly. 4 and 4a spent the night in a hotel after their plane was cancelled.
Down to Keynsham to visit MIL and pick up supplies from B&Q for repairs to the house. My SIL and her friend are coming over to Dubai in March, bumped into the friend at the retail park and met SIL and niece for lunch. This road flooded within 10 mins.
Off to Gloucester for a meeting with Social Services about child 1. Child 2a and baby joined us in Gloucester for a couple of hours shopping and we all had lunch.
A day at home, while the garden was sorted and new fence panels installed. Took a walk to the shops to choose new carpets and have a coffee. One of our oldest friends called in with his wife. We've both known him for around 24 years, but Peter and I only met 21 years ago. He's offered to come round and put up curtain poles and bathroom accessories, repair loose floorboards and finish the DIY jobs I can't do. Out in the evening with friend and her husband for an Indian, then the pub for a few drinks.
44 Thursday Woke at 5am to heavy rain, we walked Bob into the town for a coffee and some shopping. Peter wasn't feeling well and went to bed for the afternoon. The new fence panels were fitted and I did some gardening and started cleaning the kitchen. Found the grave of Mr Rooney, child 5's pet hamster.
Took Peter to Birmingham airport for his flight back to Dubai, car hire dropped off and I caught the train home. Stopped at a nail bar, then home to finish cleaning the kitchen. The standard airport selfie.
Walked Bob in the rain to the coffee shop at the retail park, did some washing then caught the train into Worcester, home to cook and bake. Evening spent cleaning the en suite shower room.
On the blog this week:
The real cost of renting - Work done on the house
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I am glad you are feeling more at home here and you have got some repairs done. I saw the photos on Instagram and the state it was left in.ReplyDelete
It looks like a fab shopping trip.
Fab selfie at the airport. I hope you see Peter again soon. x
I'm back in Dubai in just under 2 weeks. In the meantime I'm almost finished with sorting the house outDelete
A busy week! You seem a lot more sorted and settled now though. Hope you can find some time to relax too.ReplyDelete
Plenty of time to relax with a coffee when I walk the dogDelete
Not the best of weather to come home to but at least you're enjoying getting cosy.I've never been to Gloucester, the old streets look really cute.ReplyDelete
I wouldn't worry about visiting Gloucester unless you want to see the cathedralDelete
What a busy week, but good that your house is starting to feel like home again. How lovely of your friend to offer to do the last few odd jobs. The weather has been crazy this week, I really hope it calms down soon.ReplyDelete
The house ois slowly improving with a lot of elbow grease and paintingDelete
Nice that the repairs are getting done. Sounds like you're setting back in well. Lovely pic of everyone shopping. Let's hope the wind and rain lets up a bit this weekReplyDelete
The rain seems to have died down but the wind has picked up nowDelete
It's funny to hear you're finding the cold to be a bit of a novelty - I wonder how long that will last ! lol. Another busy week, but it sounds like you've settled back in nicely. That last photo, I would have sworn it was in Canterbury - it looks very similar :)ReplyDelete
I'm loving the cold and the rain as it changes throughout the day so I can get things done, unlike Dubai where it's just hot or hotterDelete
I'm glad you are feeling more at home and got some repairs done. Sounds like you enjoyed the shopping. And I hope you get to see Peter again soon. Lovely photo of you both xxReplyDelete
I'l be back in Dubai in 2 weeks timeDelete
Glad that your house is starting to feel more like a home. Love the sunset view through the conservatory. Coming inside and snuggling in PJs under a blanket is a nice thing about the colder weather although I've definitely now reached the point in the winter where I've had enough of it! Storm Ciara wasn't fun to drive in - we had a four hour drive to do in it and it was such a relief to get home. #project366ReplyDelete
Storm Dennis was just as windy and it's currently blowing a gale right now, I just keep thinking, it'll be spring soonDelete
Good that things are coming together and you've got the March house sitting issue sorted. Can't believe how settled Bob and Pushkins are already #366ReplyDelete
Anywhere I am, they are chilledDelete
Nice to have some help getting the small jobs done. DD2 met SIL2 at a mutual friends house, he has known her since they started nursery together and DD2 worked with her.ReplyDelete
Will be a relief to have the pet sitter sorted. Why is cat not to get out?
It's lovely having long standing friends. The cat has been an indoor cat now for almost 3 years, due to her weight and eating the stray cat food in Dubai, plus she is getting old and kept getting attacked by the straysDelete
Glad that you are settling in and its beginning to feel like home again. Lovely of your friend to offer to help out with some of the jobs that still need doing.ReplyDelete
The storms have been horrible haven't they?
we're very blessed with the friends we haveDelete
Glad to see that the house repairs are coming along nicely, and your house feels more like home. Nice that your friend offered to help with the jobs indoors. Lovely news that your MIL will housesit for you, that must be a relief, that someone will look after Bob and Pushkins.ReplyDelete
Getting a house sitter was a big worry for meDelete
Quite a busy week. It's good that you've got help.ReplyDelete
certainly makes life a lot easierDelete
The weather has been awful since you returned, I promise it isn't always like this! Glad you are feeling more settled and at home now #project366ReplyDelete
I'll see if I can bring some sun back on my next tripDelete