03 Aug 2004 1:08 AM
We are now officially homeless. PSS arrived on Thursday morning to pack up our worldly goods and surprisingly enough it was quite relaxing for us. We were well prepared and had sorted all similar items together eg. candles, ornaments, photo frames, books etc. which made packing for them quicker and easier. We had cleared a room and put all our things in there that was not to be packed, closed the door and put a note on saying 'Nothing to be packed in this room - please leave'. I did the same with a kitchen cupboard which contained food for us and coffee, tea and sugar. And the last one was 'Pack contents, leave wardrobe'. We'd heard of all the horror stories so thought there'd definitely be no misunderstanding at all. When they arrived we walked them through the house, showed them what had to go and the notes to show what had to stay, everything was pretty self explanatory and it worked so I'd strongly recommend doing something similar.
All I had to do was make the guys tea/coffee every hour or so which was really no effort. We lazed in the garden and whilst we were there one of the fawn's came to eat the fallen apples, totally oblivious to us watching him. So, it was a nice and relaxing day.
Friday the guys arrived early to finish up the packing and at 11am the container arrived. I don't know if all of you know what a container looks like but it's amazing to see your whole household packed into one big metal box. It was actually clean inside and looked pretty new, no holes as we'd heard there might be. They packed all our stuff in and to be honest I thought it definitely wasn't all going to fit in, but hey, it all fitted! It was like watching someone do a jigsaw puzzle. Every little space was filled. The container was full, (really full !), front to back, top to bottom. There should hopefully be no or very little movement internally and I'll let you all know how it travelled when it gets to the other side! When they'd finished packing the container the guys asked if we'd checked the house and that there was nothing more to be packed. I had had a quick walk around earlier and said nope, it's all in. They closed the container with a seal that has a serial number on it. The seal can only be opened with bolt cutters. This is for security and insurance so that they know the container has not been tampered with. It was quite weird to see all our worldly goods sealed with such a little 'lock' but it is actually really safe. I took quite a few photo's so will post them once we get our computer unpacked and we're up and running again. The guys then left and we waved our goods goodbye. On returning into the empty house I walked past the cupboard under the stairs, opened the door and..... shock, horror! My heart sank into my stomach and I felt physically sick. There were our two dive bags all on their own. The rest of the contents had all been packed but those two bags were left behind. I couldn't believe it. The guys were already gone, it was too late to try and contact them and besides the container was sealed. The bags are too big to take as hand luggage as we were already at our limit and these bags are approximately 20kg each. I thought of unaccompanied baggage but that's extremely expensive. Paul phoned PSS and they told us it would cost |
04 Aug 2004 12:29 AM
|Aw, Cherubs! Was thinking about you constantly between Thurs and Sat last week... and then, with Greta and Pete and their kids here to watch Oz v S Africa at rugby (boo hoo!) followed by a great curry cooked by Peter plus endless booze, I was in no fit state to phone you. Next day, I scoured the Aussiemove site for your number - did you ever give it to me, Colleen? Just wanted to make contact so's I can squeak with excitement and hopefully uplift you a bit through the final stages before you leave... You have been CONSTANTLY on my mind. So give me your number, wherever you are, doll, and we can have a natter. I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org, as you know.
We are SO, SO HAPPY here, despite the visa (half way through our 12 months on Saturday - yee hah!!!) and can't wait for you come to and discover what WA has to offer you. You and Paul on that sunkissed sand... keep thinking of that when you feel down. We won't ALLOW you to be down when you get here!
Love ya to bits
See ya soon!!!!!!!!!
04 Aug 2004 6:44 PM
|Hi Carmel !!!
Thanks so much for all your kinds thoughts! I would've loved to have been there, even though the Boks lost. I'll give you a ring a little later this morning, (approx 10am our time), for a natter.
Chat to you later doll !
PS: Sorry about the long delay in replying but I have to grab 5 minutes here and there at work to get on-line - very frustrating!!|
04 Aug 2004 7:30 PM
|Hi Colleen,Liam, Carmel and Sam (Barney)
Colleen you must be soooo excited now you lucky thing!!!
Glad to hear the pack up went well. We also moved house last week and the sale completed on Monday yippee, so the australia fund is ready we just need our visa :-( Hopefully it will not take too much longer, I am much less stressed than before but the waiting is a killer! Just hope we actually do get a visa as whatever they say about house prices they do not seem to be slowing down here, and we are already on our way to being outpriced!!!!!! Help!!!!!!
Mind you if we do not get a visa we can always buy Liams house LOL
Liam, send me the details we may need them - hope you are keeping your chin up about the house sale! It will come.
Carmel, glad to hear you are over your homesickness, keep the snippets of info coming!!
Sam (aka Barney) I know you are moving soon into the house of horrors with the m-i-l from hell, hope everything is going well, give me a call if you like I am in most evenings. Venice was fabulous, did the whole champagne gondola ride (well we have sold our house) felt so good to relax after all the stress of the past few months!! Plus my sister had the kids for us so it was delightful.
04 Aug 2004 8:10 PM
I think Paul's plan of staying in a hotel is an excellent one as no matter where we stay after this it will be heaven! Don't get me wrong it's a nice hotel it's just I hate not being able to go into a garden and having only one room that's not big enough to swing a cat in. (Not that I'd do that of course! ) Also no internet access - major urrrgggghhhh!!!
Congratulations on your house sale - one step closer! When are you expecting your visas? How far down the line are you or it is the only thing outstanding?
Glad to hear you had a fab time in Venice. Sounded very romantic!
04 Aug 2004 8:16 PM
I found a kitchen drawer full of utensils such as bottle opener, pizza cutter etc after our container had gone, and that felt pretty bad, so I can empathise with you about your bag under the stairs. Thank God it all worked out in the end. By the way, our container contents were dry and intact, so dont worry.
All the best,
04 Aug 2004 8:41 PM
Isn't it amazing how much stuff does seem to get left behind!? Thanks for the reassurance, who did you guys use?
Just had a good 'ol natter with Carmel and heard about the fab time you guys had on the weekend! Will definitely have to get together when we get over!
See you soon,
04 Aug 2004 11:39 PM
|Heather...me ol' chummy,
How's the devil with you??? Yeahh...yeah, I can see the devil is doing well from your recent postings. Good to talk again. Have been busy with hol, work and life(double life... you know half here, half Perth). You've been quite perky in spirit(including the one that makes you falling of chairs) and any more news with the visas?
Have been thinking and wondering how things are with you since the lolly bit made you a bit wonky. I do hope this post finds you in tip top condition, esqurette....
Huggies all round, and I'm not giving you the details of my abode, OZ NEEDS you and your good man!! So we shall see you in Perth!!
05 Aug 2004 1:27 PM
We used Robinsons, and they were fab. They used every last inch of space up in the container.
Yes we had a great evening with Carmel, Mike and the boys. Looking forward to meeting you when you get over here.