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Jane’s birthday present:

moving house!

It’s Jane’s birthday (age not for disclosure) on 28th October. I asked her a few weeks ago what she would like for her birthday and she replied: “to move house!”. Well, it looks like her wish may actually come true.


The last main stumbling block to getting the house finished was the water connection. Dave the builder told us he was ringing the water board every week to find out when the connection would take place. In desperation, Jane wrote a letter of complaint to Bristol Water. A nice lady phoned back immediately and said they had not yet received an application for the connection. Aagghh! After lots of hassly communications with Dave, the application went in and the water board came and inspected the site. After Dave had sent in some further photos, they informed him on 29th September that the water would be installed within 21 days which meant we could, in fact, move on Jane’s birthday. Yeah! We are still holding our breath slightly as there are all sorts of things that could still go wrong. As one of my colleagues once said after she had meticulously planned the international conference we were organising, “there is still plenty of scope for chaos”.


I have just realised that it is more than two months since I last blogged but, until the last week or so, there has been little to report. However, we haven’t been idle in the meantime. We have bought a new car, our first electric vehicle, a Hyundai Kona, which we absolutely love. We took it to Islay in Scotland on it’s first holiday (and ours since lockdown) and managed to find places to plug it in, even if some of them were rather rusty and the weather was rather blustery:


In addition, our daughter, Emily, got married with a scaled down wedding just in time before the lockdown reduced wedding numbers to 15. It was a wonderful and happy occasion and we were also very lucky with the weather.


We now have all our flooring installed and everything is plumbed in. Not sure where the toilet seats are and we suspect one of the carpet fitters had a wee in the toilet, not realising we cannot yet flush. Yukky, but fortunately not smelly.


We ordered our own letter box which must go on the outside as the house is so well sealed that a letter box in the door or wall would produce unnecessary drafts. We also chose our number sign and here is Jane holding it proudly after it arrived in the post. We still haven’t chosen a name for the house but are now wondering whether to call it just “1A” like one of those cool modern restaurants.


We now have electricity and are waiting for Zen, our internet service provider to connect us up for phone, internet and TV. There have been lots of hassles with that too which I won’t bore you with. And then you could get seriously bored if I told you about the shenanigans about getting an electric socket to plug our car into. Because there is a Government grant for this we have to provide a whole load of documentation to prove that both the car and house are ours as well as photos of the fuse box, location of the socket and driveway. There, I have bored you a little, but I promise to stop now.


This week they are installing the air source heat pump which sits outside the house. It will take energy from the outside air to heat the house, rather like a fridge in reverse. It took four men, including Dave to move it into position:


So, if you don’t hear from me for a while, do not worry, because it may be because we are busy moving in. We do hope so. At some point, when I have time, I will blog again with the finished project and some photos of us actually living in our house!


Posted by Robin Logie 10:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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Fantastic - happy birthday to Jane and happy m one into your house to b other of you. I really hope it will be good.

by Michael

The Isle of Skye tartan I see!!

by Jean Rutherford

Let's hope that Jane's very special Birthday present will arrive on time and that your move is smooth and seamless

by Chris Bowler

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