Saturday, April 30, 2011

Still no word from Multiplex

I've still had no word from Multiplex regarding settlement but I will be staying on here, renting the house for two weeks with provision to extend it by another two weeks so moving will, hopefully, be a leisurely process.

D2 and I went to the "Grand Opening" of the Claremont Centre. It was an exclusive "300 guests by invitation only" cocktail party where we were served warmish French champagne to the unbelievable noise of an amplified band which precluded any sort of conversation and with not enough food to counter the alcohol until we started making serious efforts to catch the attention of the food carriers.

We left at about the time they started bringing on the cocktails and, one would hope, more substantial food to mop up the spirits. D2 was on call from midnight and I didn't want to stay any longer.

This weekend is a council junk and green-stuff collection and I am amazed at how little there is left to get rid of; except, of course, the old paint cans. However, the person on the desk at the Council offices assured me that the transfer station in Shenton park would take them - at a price.

Herself has taken me to a furniture fabric shop and an upholsterer just around the corner from the fabrics and I have delivered the barrel-back chairs to be prettied up. They should look gorgeous when they are done and the colour should blend in with the seats of the dining-room chairs so they can live in the dining-room when we move.

Himself is going overseas for six weeks, flying out this evening. I had assumed that I would have been truly settled into the new apartment by the time he gets back but I suspect that I might still be here. He is, amongst other things, visiting Malta for the testing for his doctorate. I wish him well.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Things are starting to fall into place, finally

Things are finally starting to settle into place and the only thing which is still uncertain is the settlement date for the apartment. However, the Multiplex contact person told me that Multiplex is aware that I would like settlement for the apartment to take place after settlement for the house, so that means the last couple of days of May or into June.

I have booked into the Swanbourne B & B from 24th May to give the removalists and cleaners a free go and have said that I will be there for at least a week, possibly longer.

Most of the stuff I am not taking with me is either already taken or is promised but I will need a mini-skip to remove the odd bricks and broken buckets and pots.

Last Friday, Herself and I were allowed in to measure up the apartment. It is big and white with the most fabulous views of the river but I was rather dismayed with the kitchen which is galley style and the oven and microwave are at knee level which will mean getting down very low until I have familiarised myself with the microwave's controls.

I also felt concerned that I was going to lose my bed, with its all-white bedding , so I have bought some new quilt covers to add a bit of colour. I have also bought an entertainment unit which is very big and extremely heavy and is not particularly beautiful but somehow looks as though it will be 'right' in the room.

I still need to contact iinet and the removalists but will wait until after easter to get quotes as they tend to only hold for four weeks. All in all I am starting to feel much more relaxed about the move but still looking forward to getting it over and done with.

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