Welcome back to #PoCoLo with Stephanie and I. Our expat journey has come full circle after 11 years away. The furniture was delivered, unpacked and assembled on Wednesday, now just 60 boxes to unpack and find a home for their contents.
The sofa and dining room table are in the dining room with all the boxes for the kitchen that won't be unpacked until we decide if we're either staying in the house and having an extension built or whether we're going to move.
The weather has been glorious and we've enjoyed sitting outside in the garden, having the patio furniture and umbrella here has made it nicer to sit and relax in. We purchased this in South Africa, it feels a little strange having it in the garden in the UK. It's also weird coming back to our family home and having furniture here that we took with us as well as furniture picked up in South Africa and Dubai.
I spent Thursday in the Forest of Dean where we used to live and where child 2 lives with his wife and our grandchild. I visited my friend Chrissie and her daughter who I met on twitter 12 years ago. who were on holiday there from St Albans. We usually meet up when I fly in and out of Heathrow, but I've been unable to do that for a while so we've had a couple of meet ups in Oxford over the past 18 months when we've been allowed to and she came to my rescue in March 2020 when I flew into T5 and Dubai closed behind me and had me to stay at her home for the night.