Been a long time

Been a long time since I posted, and to be honest much of the reason has been my mood. It would be fair to say that offered a lobotomy without anaesthetic I’d have been baring my bottom in a shapeless hospital gown, and leaping onto the gurney with a hi-ho-silver-get-me-into-surgery-now song.

No come on now, this is not going to be a wet nose and tissue blog. 

So what’s been happening?  Well hubby and I had started making some important life changes at the end of last year. And based on these, we sold our house, we began sorting out our possessions and we were heading back to the UK after living in SA for well over 30 years.

This was an exciting time, my smile was permanent, and I’m pretty sure it stayed that way even while I was asleep. Admittedly not a good look  – thankfully the lights were out.

And then wham, the whole thing fell apart. Yes the house went through, and yes our possessions began to diminish, but no we did not make it back to the UK.  Selling a business right now it appears is not all that easy.

So now what? Do we buy a tent? Or should we hitch a caravan to the back of the car and settle in a different street every night? I must say, the caravan option became rather appealing when I realised I could use my hair-dryer by attaching an electrical cable to some unsuspecting home owners power box.  

In the end we bought another house. Now I know you are probably thinking NUTTERS,  what was the point. But we had another plan, which we have creatively named phase 2.

The new house is so different to anything we have ever lived in. It’s a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, tiny garden, no garage, no room for a dish-washer, cottage. Which when you consider we left a 3 bedroom, double garage, 2 bathrooms, big garden, dishwasher, 2 washing machines and tumble dryer, is quite a life-style change.

But you know what? WE LOVE IT! What a blast this place is, easy to keep tidy – well maybe not for all of us – housework takes about 3 minutes and I even enjoy washing up. I’ve become a bit of sink-demon though, i.e. if that sink has dirty dishes longer than 5 minutes the whole world is gonna blow-up, so best you get in there and sort it missy/mr. How pleasant it must be living with me 🙂 

We will stay here until the business is sold, and then who knows, we might keep this little gem, or we may sell and look for another one.  Life will take us where it wants us 🙂 

Have a great weekend everyone. I’ll be back soon with our house contents sale story. Picture 60 people launching themselves into your home with only 1 hour to grab and buy whatever they can get their hands on and you’ll be on the right track.



39 thoughts on “Been a long time

  1. and now? We need you to play along at least on the weekend theme, that way someone else gives you something to wruite about. start with 2 lines the first time, it gets easier again

  2. That was a lot to deal with. Hope your business sale goes quicker and smoothly, and then you can continue with your plans to move to UK. In the meantime though your new house sounds great. Keep well.

  3. Excuse me while I grab a stiff drink to cope with this lot. By now, I had envisaged you safely esconced away from the delights (Eskom) and excitement (road maniacs, muggers, burglars) of SA. Instead you have been doing swapperty props and allsorts. Can my nerves take the sale, I wonder?

  4. Sorry to hear your plans fell through but really pleased you didn’t get the full frontal lobotomy. Might have been difficult to understand your posts thereafter 😀 Well, I’m sure all of us here in SA are pleased you are staying, at least for a while and the minimal housework does sound like a blessing. Plus, you’ve obviously relieved yourself of a huge amount of clutter (something I really need to concentrate on soon, before I cannot find my way back out of my house).

    1. you know moving the clutter is really good, not only because you’ll be able to move around easily, you also realise how much you don’t use – give it a go 🙂

    1. you know that is so true. Because already things are a changing and I said to my hubby last night, if we hadn’t of done this, then that would be happening now. Can’t win, but life is an adventure 🙂

  5. Life has a way of doing with you exactly what it wants 😉
    Hope the selling of the business happens Ruth – and you can at least blog from the little house 😉

  6. Oh my goodness, you have been busy. Sorry things haven’t worked out as planned, but all in good time. Sometimes things happen for the best. Good luck with the clean sink. I can’t imagine life without a dishwasher. 😯 xx

    1. It’s a case of 2 steps forward fifteen back. But we will get there.
      I challenge you to not use the dishwasher for a week. You’ll be amazed at how little crockery etc you use if you wash up regularly. I think I’m sounding a bit like a born-again-washer-upper!

    1. Thank you. I’ve been reading blogs while I’ve been away, but not managing to keep up with comments. Hoping to be more active again here now. Hope you are well 🙂

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