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Please come over and take our belongings

5 July, 2013

We are in such a strange old place in our lives just now. In 3 weeks we are leaving our brilliant little community here in Camberwell for an adventure in our campervan, but it is at least another 7 months until we start setting up our new home in New Zealand. We are SO ready to set off on this family roadtrip, but feeling increasingly melancholy about saying goodbye to our friends and packing in life here on Wells Way.

We haven’t really got our heads around the moving business so things are sat half in boxes, piled in mountains all over our house.  We don’t go anywhere or doing anything much because we are overwhelmed by the need to get cracking. So we just hang around swinging in the hammock in the garden pretending everything’s on track.

Then Tim broke his leg, and then didn’t. (He went to A and E after nailing it flying a kite and they told him it was broken and sent him home in a full cast. I spent the night awake, stressing out BIG TIME about how we would be able to get everything done. When he went into the clinic the next day they discovered it was just a bad sprain. We were like WOOHOOOO IT’S A BAD SPRAIN YESSSSSS!!!! And now he looks like quarter of a Transformer with a moon boot thing.  People are like “Woah,  that’s awful” and we’re like “It’s fine! IT’S NOT BROKEN! Wahey!”

A few days after, I went and got mastitis which knocked me for six (I actually thought I was dying in a feverish delirium) for a good couple of days (so very grateful for my big nursling and my little nursling and a whole jar of raw garlic which sorted me right out) all of which has left us unable to do the car boot sales we wanted to do.

So instead, we are inviting YOU, your neighbour, your neighbour’s Uncle, your neighbour’s Uncle’s hairdresser and the whole rest of the world, over to our place for a House Clearance.  They’ll be lots of nice stuff – some of which you’ll recognise from all the posts I have done about the things we have decorated our house with– and also lots and lots of crap such as three quarter full tubes of oil paint and Santa Hats which will be handy for someone I am sure. Please tell any other Londoners about it. And if you come, make your self known unto me. If it is quiet we can have a cup of tea and a nice chat.  Here is a Facebook event if you like that and here are the details:

house clearance Camberwell

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  • Jennifer 5 July, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Good luck, I hope that it all goes well and you are able to send lots of things on to new happy homes, and I’m looking forward to reading all about your campervan adventures!

    • Lucy 5 July, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you: ) Yeah I’m excited about writing it all up!

  • Molly 5 July, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    That’s such a great idea! We’re in a similar place in the way of moving. We move in a week from just outside London to south Devon and there are empty boxes all over the house waiting to be filled. I should be feeling excited about the next phase that we’ve so longed for, but I feel like we’re in this limbo in-between state. And I can’t stop these huge waves of nostalgia for our “old” life washing over me every time I see something or am reminded of something in our current “old” house!

    • Lucy 5 July, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      I know: ( Just too many emotions eh. I hope your move goes well too Molly, what an adventure x

  • Rebecca 5 July, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Lucy, just thought I’d pop in and say hi. Despite my childless-lots-of-shampoo life I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog lately (especially at 5am on a Saturday morning due to being woken up by infamous Welly Wind, woo hoo).Will be wonderful to see your face back in Aotearoa in the not too distant future. Until then, be campervan happy! x

  • Thrift Shopper for Peace 5 July, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    i wish i lived in London just so i could come and have a quiet cup of tea with you (and sort through your stuff, of course.) i think i missed a post somewhere – why are you moving to NZ? if the plane brings you through Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, (which, sadly, i’m sure it won’t) email me and i’ll have the tea ready here! wish you a good sale and a good trip!

  • Danielle Askins 5 July, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Oh wow good luck!

  • Rochelle 5 July, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hey! You’re moving to NZ! Where abouts?

  • san 5 July, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Lucy,

    Nz?? I am sure i have missed a blogpost announcing THAT event!! Hope the house clearance goes well

    San xx

  • Libs 5 July, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    We are so there, If only to meet the adorable Ramona and get the chance to meet the wonderful lulu before you disappear to the other side of the world.

    fingers crossed for an amazing sale to set you up for success.

    • Libs 7 July, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Eek. Totally forgot I made this drunken comment – must remember never to open laptop on my return from the pub. Great to know I’ve been diary planning so effectively in a drunken state.

      I do hope you have a great sale. It’s horrible selling the things you love to strangers even for such exciting reasons. I hope and am sure you will have a friendly crowd come along to make you lots of dosh and remind you how all the things you are passing on which have made you happy will make someone else happy in the future.

  • Annaliese 6 July, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Naww, you will be our next door neighbours!

    (PS. in case you are not aware, Australians often tend to consider NZ just another Australian state, and we often claim NZ celebrities as our own. I know, we are terrible.)

    I hope your trip goes well and that you sell heaps of stuff 🙂
    Good luck!

  • vicky myers 6 July, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I too missed the move to NZ blogpost! Hope the sale goes really well (wishing I lived in London!). Glad the mastitis has healed up, hope the sprain heals quickly too. Vicky

  • Thalia Kehoe Rowden 6 July, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Oh! I too am a member of the mastitis-when-moving-house club. Awful awful awful! You poor thing.

    The day before the moving truck arrived (SBJ was about ten weeks old), the doctor told me I needed 24 hours of absolute bedrest. I laughed at her and then went to stay with the wonderful Christoffersens overnight while my poor husband packed the house.

    We have been peripatetic wanderers ever since, and are contemplating buying our first house soon and getting our stuff out of storage after 18 months.

    It’s wonderful to be free and flexible and tread lightly. There’s also something to be said for roots. May the travelling season be refreshing and gorgeous and memory-making, and may the move to NZ (woo hoo!) bring every blessing your family needs.

    All the VERY best for the packing and selling and everythinging. We may yet make it to your corner before you leave it…

    xox tkr

    • Thalia Kehoe Rowden 8 July, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Also sorry to hear about the leg (though pleased it isn’t broken!)

  • Mammasaurus 7 July, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I want to jump in the car and come to buy stuff now!