After a long wait the day of the ‘big’ pack finally arrived, a couple of relocation guys turned up armed with many types of boxes and reels of sticky tape. They took a look around and said no worries we will be out of your hair by lunchtime tomorrow… famous last words.
They finally left us at 8.30pm on the Friday evening, after a frantic last hour trying to console a container driver who was itching to get home for a friday night pint without all our stuff! The initial hold up… the container smelt of fish and had to be replaced at the last minute!
We were putting the kids to bed whilst frantically running round the house grabbing the things that had missed being packed. One of the packers put his back out and the other one looked like he was about to cry at any moment from exhaustion. They did a sterling job though, watching burly men daintily folding my laundry was a first.
So we take one step closer to our Hong Kong adventure, roll on the next 5 weeks as we feel like we are squatting, feels like we just starting out but weirdly with two kids asleep upstairs…
Lets hope the container has a safe journey avoiding pirates in the Indian Ocean… would be gutted if they get hold of my Jimmy Choo’s
Love this pic of Sophie & her grandad sneaking a siesta in the top room, keeping out of the packers way
The day before the pack I found myself racing up the A1 to pick up a toy chest that at the last minute had been re-conditioned and made into something very beautiful to house Sophie’s toys.
My parents have done an amazing job… get your orders in here
This old pine chest had been hidden from sight for 10 years after Ed brought it for £50 to house his beloved 80’s vinyl. We had no car in those days in Oxford and had to bring it home on the bus! hey, with no kids in tow and a full nights sleep you can achieve anything!!
Blimey, after all the dreaming & planning family Wawn are finally going to make it to Hong Kong…
Archie been asking if we can get a bus to go there, think it’s time to show him a map of the world
The pre-preparation list looked something like this:
1. Wait for Harrow to build an International School in HK. Ed get a job – check
2. Sophie successfully brought into the world & master the art of holding her own bottle – check
3. Create lists and a list of lists, get paranoid about losing those lists – check
4. Ditch, pack or giveaway – everything must go, somewhere – check
5. Find relocation company & make sure flat is finished to move into – check
6. Try to explain to Archie (tactfully) why his best friend George will not be in Hong Kong – check
7. Create a blog so that I can entertain you with musings about the above – check
8. Have a fab leaving party and get a bit drunk now all the above is done!
9. Get us all successfully onto that British Airways plane on the evening of the 17th August
10. Get us all successfully off that British Airways plane in Hong Kong on 18th August at 13.15