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It was so lovely to read your pm’s just now. I am feeling a little…well…vulnerable. n fact it’s a good thing that it’s raining, as there will almost certainly be tears today. My task is to sort out all the family photos and get them paired down, ready for moving. They are spilling out of boxes in my loft at the moment. Facing up to that task has brought it home to me that I am about to move to a home where my children have never, and may never live! What a realisation! A totally new stage of life. I know, I know, they will be there for visits, and who knows, they may even need a short term home at some point. I have no idea whether there will ever be grandchildren….who can tell? I hope there will be of course, but I’m certainly not expecting any in the near future. But one thing is fairly certain….Scott and I are about to enter uncharted territory together! I do hope it won’t be too stormy ahead!

one thing I DO know….and that is that I get a lot of real love, encouragement and support from all my friends…and that most definitely includes all of you! Thank you so much for all your good wishes.

incidentally, I got my first quote for moving this morning. The man said it might take them 2 days as they have to move a garden as well! Well, I’m hoping for a firm that have more than one van! :S What do you make of that!? £795 to move the house….£1395 to move the plants as well! Mouldy…advice please! :))

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Good luck Karen. I assume you've had more than one quote for the move?

19 Sep, 2013

 

Getting more later this week...perhaps they will be more enthusiastic about moving the plants. The chap this morning did say it wouldn't be a problem to do it...would just need more time. I may end up moving the plants myself...or I might get some help from my friends at the Castle.....if I ask nicely!

19 Sep, 2013

 

Hire a van and a man that is an outrageous price, tell them no way. Find another removal firm to do the job. They must be joking. lol although it is a long while since I moved house. lol. There must be a cheaper way of moving furniture, do they pack it all as well as move it all?

As for the photos, well just pack them all and keep them all. Put them in a big box and look through them again when you have got more time. The kids WILL be back, I know from past experience. lol. Only just getting my house back in order from the trauma of Sam moving out. lol. Still lots of furniture to move about and must buy a Sofa Bed. Just in case one of them returns for a visit. Hopefully two Sofas will be here this week, I am sick of sitting on a bean bag to watch the t.v. and the lodger (the Schnauzer lodger that is) is diving on top of me every night to play. He thinks it is great fun having me down at ground level.

Ah the joys of moving house. Never ever ever again. You will get there in the end, just keep your chin up and remember it is a lovely place and you will be so able to chill out in that cottage.

19 Sep, 2013

 

I think the same Karen..about the price! would you be able,or have the time to hire your own van,to move the plants? a big job,I know,but as you aren't moving too far away,it might be viable..sorry,I have only just seen that you are moving..but I also wish you happiness in your new home..you won't regret it,I'm sure..no more Trampolines,for a start.unless you get your own :o)
Hope you get your photo's sorted..that's a job in itself,looking through them all..pack em all up,like your mum suggests,and do them at your leisure...ie,cold winter days,for something to do..good luck ,whatever you decide to do..x

19 Sep, 2013

 

(((((((((0))))))))))

virtual hug for when you need it xxx

19 Sep, 2013

 

Ours was his garage!
We have up to now moved once and did it ourselves with a lot of help(younger then)
1 vanload for the house
2 for the garage workshop and garden.....

Man and van for the garden sounds sensible to me.....You will be involved anyway in the loading and unloading .......supervising.

Maybe......you could 'leave' the photos with mum for safe keeping and they may come back magically sorted... :0)

19 Sep, 2013

 

Oh Karen, petal - that's way too much! These people know how stressful it is to move house - taking advantage springs to mind! I agree with Olive - pack up photos in a (labelled) big box and sort them out when you have more time - in the winter when there is little to do in the garden could work. The kids will definitely be back..that's for sure! I think it's fab that you see it as a new adventure - you and Hubby have taken on the chin all that life has put your way and have stood the test of time. Yes there will be ups & downs before and after the removal van has left, but, it only the stress of moving..it'll pass! Here's to the future, onward & upward Karen lets get this show on the road!!!!

19 Sep, 2013

 

Thanks for advice! :))..and virtual hugs!

19 Sep, 2013

 

Gosh Karen that is far too much, think of all the new plants you could buy with that! I hope you find someone to help out. My little van was about £35 to hire back in the day Lol, but I must have made about 20 + trips which was time consuming. How far away is Mouldy from you? Bet you could entice him with a few pints :o)))xx

19 Sep, 2013

 

I know! I could replace a good deal of the plants for that! We'll see what the next two prices are like. I wasn't impressed with the first lot. The man who came to look didn't seem to be very confident/experienced, and he gave me no info. At all about how they would manage the move except to ask me if we required boxes. Sometimes you think you're doing the right thing by going local....but the big nationals are so experienced and well resourced. Perhaps I'll give pickfords a call!

19 Sep, 2013

 

You will get there Karen. I moved two years ago to live with my partner after being on my own for a few years with my three sons. Two had already moved out when John and I decided to live together, just my eldest Jack living at home with me. It was heartbreaking having to tell him he'd have to find somewhere else to live (he was 28 at the time and yes I know it was hightime he'd made the move of his own accord, but it just hadn't happened). Fortunately he was fine about it after a while but I still felt so guilt, like I'd kicked him out:( He's ok now and life is good but I felt terrible when we first moved. We'd only moved about 45mins drive away but I missed them all terribly, like you said it's another stage in your life. I do still miss them but it's not so heartaching now and I do see them all regularly.....and my two beautiful grandsons who have been born since moving away. Hope this helps you to realise you're not on your own with these feelings and things do feel better with time. Good luck with the move too.:)))

19 Sep, 2013

 

Thank you Jane.....it does!:)

19 Sep, 2013

 

I would move the plants myself Karen. You could buy new ones ten fold for that price......do they think they have to dig them up and plant them too. :0)

19 Sep, 2013

 

Even if you hired a van for the day Karen you would never come to that price.

And at least you are in control of your plants and pots.

19 Sep, 2013

 

yes, I agree. I have asked my son if he could hire a van, and get a couple of his mates and I'll hire them for the day instead! £50 each and a fish supper should do it I think!

19 Sep, 2013

 

First of all - I'd do as your mum suggests, pack them all and do it when you've much more time. There will be plenty of winter night you will need to occupy.
600 quid to move your plants!!!!!!!! Mind you - I'd be surprised if the nationals are much cheaper.
I've no leave left from work or else I'd come and do it myself for you.
I think hiring a van and doing it yourself is the best option. My tip would be hire a van near from where you are moving too. Although it's an inconvenience going to pick it up - it's much easier to take back once it's over! In fact, check with the van hire company, it might be worth the extra couple of pound to have it dropped off to you.

19 Sep, 2013

 

Ah, thanks Scottish! You're a gem! I don't need to worry about distance...we are only going six miles down the road. Callum is awaiting surgery on his shoulder or else I would just do it with him, but if he can get a couple of his mates...they can do the heavy work.

19 Sep, 2013

 

Karen, I think your last idea is a winner! I've moved several times (the last move was definitely the last!) and have never used a removal company, far too expensive. Hire a big van..and just as a bit of advise, if you can get one with a hydrolic tailgate, all the better.

19 Sep, 2013

 

Good thinking Waddy!

19 Sep, 2013

 

Perfect Karen hubby and son and his pals cheaper all round and most of all more care with your plants.

Good luck Karen just say if you need help.

19 Sep, 2013

 

Lol Kath...me and you could do it...with our sore backs! :) thanks, you're a gem!

19 Sep, 2013

 

Kevin ,Gary& Chris your pals at Glamis

No we dont want our backs to get any worse .

19 Sep, 2013

 

Karen ... consider this - you could hire a Luton van for about £107 per day ... or a 7.5 tonne 24ft. Dropwell Luton removal type Pantechnicon for £177.50 per day ... or even a Mercedes Long Wheelbase High Top Van for £85 per day!

The last time we moved house, to the current one, it was the wettest, stormiest day of August you could imagine ... when we finally got the keys the removal men had forced open the up-and-over garage door to put all the plants in the dry! Grr ... it really wouldn't have mattered if the plants got soaked, would it?

Anyway ... I think you could save an awful lot by moving yourselves ... and think of the money you could save for new plants ... lol!!!

Good luck with whatever you choose to do ... :o)

19 Sep, 2013

 

Yes,I agree, with all above.
Hire a van and get son and mates and students to help. If you hire unknowns they wont take care of your lovely plants as you would, so do it yourself and for heavens sake supervise the youngins they wont have the love for your plants that you do.

Yes, I agree, box up the pics for the winter's long dark cold nights. You know you can get scanners for pics now, that you just slid the pics through and they upload to a memory stick in seconds that you can then upload to your computer. They can be very reasonable on Ebay.

You know having moments such as you are having comes with the process of moving. Whether it be a glad to go, or sad to go move. It's just the mind making adjustments and processing the change. It's normal! The decision is made, no going back now, just analyze the emotions and thoughts as they come and then move on. Soon enough you'll be decorating and digging in the dirt enjoying the peace and quiet and you'll be thinking why was I concerned?

19 Sep, 2013

 

Crikey..that's a lot of money to move you! when we moved! the guys said they'd get all my pots etc in the van but they didn't so my nephew and I had to do umpteen trips in our cars, some with large plants hanging out the windows!!!,
Good luck with it all Karen.

19 Sep, 2013

 

Well, I agree with everything everyone has said about the price, Karen...
...but, if you have to do it all at once...I would try get a better quote, from a company.

In my experience, it's better to be overseeing them (you can supervise the loading and the un-loading), than to be involved in the inevitable mayhem of friends and family doing what they think might be right...over god knows how many runs.

...but, that's just me, hun x

19 Sep, 2013

 

I understand what you're all saying. We have never hired removal men either. When we moved here I spent the next three weeks lying on my back unable to move with Sciatic nerve problems, and my back has never been good since. I don't want that ever again...hence my desire for a removals firm. Two more firms coming to quote tomorrow. Whatever we end up doing, we will be doing it all in one day! Tbh I'd rather move the plants by supervising the lads because I know that removal men won't be able to do it without damaging them.....there's only one Mouldy!

19 Sep, 2013

 

Btw...I did sort the photos...it was good, I didn't cry! Actually the only one that almost had me was the photo of my FIL...a gardener all his life...who sadly died of complications from Parkinson's Disease a few years ago. It was a long, long death of an absolute gem. Seeing a photo of him pre Parkinson's was a real toughie.

19 Sep, 2013

 

Lol Karen . . . your new garden is going to look a lot like the old with so many plants! Would you consider just half of what you have in mind, and make it easier on your back??

Love the idea of your son's mates helping (or your pals at Glamis) and giving them £50 and a fish supper . . . bet they'll be delighted to make you happy :)))

20 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Sheila...Nope! They are all coming with me. Every one is special. I could easily take a lot more without leaving the garden looking shabby! I haven't lifted a single clematis or rose, I've left my lovely tree heathers, three gorgeous Rhodes which I will miss, my lovely Itea (sob), some really pretty hebes, most of my penstemon a (I've taken cuttings), all but three bits of my sedums.....need I go on? NO way am I leaving any more than what I absolutely have to! The new garden needs a lot of pots...there is patio almost all the way around the house...and it looks very stark at the moment. Definitely needs prettifying! You are of course, being very practical...but this is a heart issue, not a head one! Lol!

20 Sep, 2013

 

It's good to take some old friends with you to your new garden. I was glad that I did after seeing what happened to my old garden, total neglect in no time at all. It's hard not to look when you drive past everyday, like you Karen I only moved about 3 miles away.
The photo scanner that Angie mentioned sounds interesting, must look that up :o)

20 Sep, 2013

 

Of course you are right, Karen, to follow your heart, and it's really not like me at all to be practical! I'm sure I'd do the same in your shoes . . .

Once you are in the new place you'll have such fun, and won't it be a pleasure to share your enjoyment of the new garden with us on GoY?! Your photos will no doubt prove that you did the right thing :))

20 Sep, 2013

 

Well, Karen, having recently just done it , as you know, we hired a man with a van who took absolutely everything, including most of the garden, and you know how big that was, plus all the stone ornaments, two arbour seats , an outside marble table and other garden furniture. Total...£300 ! We only went about the same distance as you, so I think a man with a van should be a lot cheaper .
Thinking of you at this very stressful time. You'll get there, and you've got the rest of your lives to sort it and enjoy it !

20 Sep, 2013

 

This 'Man wit a Van' sounds absolutely marvellous! I wonder if I could find such a person up here! how did you find him Rose?

20 Sep, 2013

 

Moving house is a very traumatic experience we have done it a number of times durring our married life, it arouses many mixed feelings, it can be full of hopes and dreams for the future one minute, then speckled with some doubts and sadness the next. But follow your heart and your dreams and go for it while you are still young. Im sure once you make the move life will be packed full of excitement and plans for your new house and garden. My very best wishes go with you for a happy and fulfilled life in your dream home, Hope you get your removal man and van and it all goes smoothly. Looking forward to seeing your new home and hearing all your plans for the garden;0))

20 Sep, 2013

 

Cost me £400 two years ago when I moved 2 bed house of furniture into storage, 3 miles down the road. That was two men with a Luton van. Took them a good 4-5 hours of manoeuvring 1930s solid furniture out and into the van. Didn't take so long to unload it.
A 'proper' company will know how to move your plants as well. 'Man n van' will probably need supervising for the plants.

21 Sep, 2013

 

Thanks Urbanite. I would be moving the plants myself. I'm sure that's what I will end up doing. Some of them are very fragile....like my Salvias which are very brittle. I think I'd be better doing the plants myself...sort of made my mind up about that now. £110 for the big van for two days. Me and three young men...sorted!

21 Sep, 2013

 

I agree with you on the plants Karen ... precious things! Btw ... when our son moved out from our place with, the help of 2 mates, one of them carried out a bedside lamp and said "Right, I'm done then!" ... I still smile about that memory now ... :o)))

21 Sep, 2013

 

We were lucky enough to already know him Karen. But there is always an ad in our local paper saying "Man with a van " Perhaps you might see one in yours !

22 Sep, 2013

 

Thanks Rose. Kath found a manwithavan website for me. Prices vary a lot. I think we may be getting a local removal firm to do the house, and I'll do the garden myself with OH and son's pals.

22 Sep, 2013

 

I think you have made the right decision,Karen,in moving your precious plants yourself..I wouldn't trust any one else,apart from Family, with mine ! Lol..they wouldn't dare not to be careful .:o)

22 Sep, 2013

 

My situation was a little different, Karen. I hired a panel van from the local car rental company for $19.95 for a day. Had all my transplants ready in black plastic troughs that I bought at the hardware store. Drove to my cousin's place in Prince Edward County, (about 250 kms.) and left my babies with her for the winter. Our closing date was January 7th. I had no choice and I was so pleased when she offered. A panel van would save you some money but you would have to do the work yourself..Or maybe your son and/or daughter could help keeping track of the house move while you move your garden!?

23 Sep, 2013

 

Karen we moved South from the Midlands with one large van, furniture plus plants, it was a professional company who were marvellous..........but we still moved hundreds of plants ourselves, plus 3 goldfish and three cats (all sedated!!) in a mini, picture the scene if you will lol
I would not entertain moving furniture we moved our daughters and granddaughters, many, many times, and it is hard work, and plays havoc with your back.....
So all being well you should be in for the holiday then? good luck with whatever decision you decide on, I will be thinking of you, I always got such a buzz when we moved, 7 times now!! think this will have to be our last, sad but there you go!!

27 Sep, 2013

 

You never know......never say never!

27 Sep, 2013

 

True I might win the lottery lol

29 Sep, 2013

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