Ouf! as they say in French. It’s been quite a week. Things are going well, and at the very same time I have felt very wobbly and numb from the shock of it all, and from the wrench of saying goodbye to friends. It’s a bit like a successful surgery: all has gone to plan, the results are going to be good, but there’s a natural process of rebuilding to go through which can’t be rushed. Michael, the Dafter and Tilly aren’t suffering these pangs, which is good. The Dafter has done brilliantly and has had some real moments of happiness here already. She loves the buzz of the city.
I’m relying on her photographic talents to provide me with pictures for my blog this month, as my laptop is dead, and all software to make my phone and camera talk to borrowed ‘devices’ is safely packed away in storage. Her photos are much more interesting than mine, and give a new perspective on things. So here are a few from the last week or so.
The view from one of the windows of our hotel room in Aberdeen, where we stayed during the final few days of packing and dismantling the house:
Michael and I at the new house, talking to the team of workmen there. (We have provided them with a teapot, a kettle and the occasional packet of biscuits.)
Large hole in the ceiling over the landing, where a folding ladder is to be installed:
All the carpets are out, and there are gaping holes in the walls of both living and dining room for new fireplaces. The house is undergoing surgery as well – but it is going to be really good when it’s done.
The workmen made an interesting discovery:
We think this must be an army chest, and we’ll let the former owners know.
Me knitting with Tilly on my lap, in Michael’s flat. Such moments have been a rarity lately but are all the more delicious when they do come. Gosh, I look so severe!
Tilly has really relaxed here:
But I’m pretty sure she knows this isn’t our final destination. We think we will be in the house by the very end of this month, so there is a ways to go yet.
This afternoon we go to the school for a special meeting to register the Dafter. She is going to be going very part-time at first, and will repeat the year. She may only attend registration every day and do one subject, and build on that. She is very excited about being back at school after being shut up at home by herself for two years. She’s nervous as well, naturally, but the excitement and enthusiasm is predominant. School begins next Wednesday (a week earlier than Aberdeen, and much earlier than in England). I hope to be back before then, though!
Thank you all again for your lovely warm wishes. They have been so helpful to us all! I hope you have a great weekend.