Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Get the champers out - Its time to create new memories!

OK - So I should be packing but I am sitting in chaos with a cup of coffee and I need this 5 minutes! Its moving day tomorrow and I now realise that I have an obscene amount of 'stuff' some of it baggage and some of it so part of my history that I just cant throw it away.
Things that I cant let go of include:-
My wedding dress. No its not a designer made vintage lace creation or a family heirloom but it would look at home in a museum. Its a home made, hand sewn dress that resembles a milking maid's outfit made in white crepe with blue satin ribbon trim - but it does remind me of how far my fashion sense has come!
The christening outfit that my boys were christened in - a yellowing nylon romper suit that once held all that is precious to me.
Obviously photographs - but a whole trunk/kist of them is a bit scary!
The jeans that I travelled to South Africa in  - Sigh! they look as if they would fit a skinny teenager! I had four children and they are a size 10!
I have culled cards and mementos from the boys' school years long ago but I have to keep Sean's first day at school book - all beautifully coloured with his name in back to front writing; a story Mark wrote aged 8 where he tells the world, " My mum is a big blond lady - she is very pretty." HaHa!  I bet his teacher couldn't wait for parents evening! The card that Craig made for me which resembles my epitaph and says, "To my wonderful mum, I will always remember her." (now I am crying) and the carefully trimmed Easter card from Paul with 3D tissue paper daffodils addressed to the "bestest" mum in the world.
I realised a long time ago that I have a linen fetish! I am looking 7 black bags full of towels and bedding and I have given away about the same amount. I just love percale sheets and Egyptian cotton linen and I cant live without thick fluffy towels.
The black and white dress that I wore on the eve of the millenium. My sister, Julia (looking respelendent in a silver grey creation) and husband were here and we went to a masked ball with the boys and partners, and danced the night away then watched fireworks from the Skyroof at the Marine Hotel. At dawn on the beach, we welcomed the sunrise and a new era with the early dolphins......   When I look at that dress - I am there!
So its hard to travel lightly when your things carry so many beautiful  memories. In many ways, I am looking forward to our new home - We have been here for the thirteen years - since that millenium but have gone through a lot in the last decade and I am glad to leave that baggage behind! Here to the future and all the memories we can create! Get the champers out and unpack the glasses quickly!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Life in Boxes

Gosh almost a month has passed since I blogged but I do have a good excuse - we are moving and I now live in Boxville! I am amazed at how much we have accumulated in our time in this house - 12 years - I am sure we had a big clear out before we moved here. However I think that the five dinner services came with me! Also the twenty assorted cottagey teapots that were once my pride and joy.
My mood this move is RUTHLESS and it is with a vengeance that items are being marked 'junk', 'donate' or 'sell'. Last time we changed abodes, as soon as the kids got wind of us moving, they were down here like a shot marking what they wanted with felt tip pens. They have obviously moved on into architect designed, ultra mod homes and it is us who are asking them if they perhaps have anything that will fit into our new modern townhouse!
D Day or shall we say M Day is still 3 weeks away and the house is almost stripped bare of all our lovely bits and pieces - It makes you realise that it is the photos, paintings and artwork and personal stuff that makes a house a home. The garden is still lush and green but without replanting the pots and filling the borders with summer colour - it's just not 'ours' anymore! I am happy that a large family have bought it and that the swing that we are leaving will be put to good use.

Anyway - Here is to new beginnings and all that is waiting for us here.
Praying for a sunny and dry day for our move and lots of visitors in our new home - not enough that we will need five dinner services for as we now only have two - we do however still have plenty of wine glasses!