08/03/2010, England, UK
It's taken me over a week to update since arriving in the UK - it feels like our feet haven't touched the ground! Leaving Jersey can be summed up as emotional and manic, not necessarily in that order! The kids had all their leaving assemblies, sports days etc and then the day after they broke up we left on the ferry. The state of the house mid-week could probably be judged by the estate agent's comment "and you have [pause to distainfully scan the lounge floor] 2 days before you leave??" my response "well, three, if you count the fact that we are leaving on the 9pm ferry!" But it was touch and go! Even the new owners admitted that they didn't think we would have done it, having visited us 2 days before the off! I'm not sure we could have done it without mum (thank you, Mum!) who took the directions of "charity OR dump OR your attic OR greece OR car" with every thing she waved in front of our noses for the last week magnanimously. It was mid morning when Mark broke it to me that we would probably need two pallets to ship to Greece, rather than the one we were planning. When the cargo man arrived, we were still chucking things on the pallets and wrapping them all up in cling film, including kids' bikes and toys - very precious cargo indeed! When we eventually drove off to the ferry, new owners were waving us off with a smile, despite Mark leaving an electric moped in their garage and asking if they didn't mind dumping it for him! Lochy, having not expressed much emotion either way for the last month, said "I feel a bit sad" which promptly made me cry.....again.
Just want to say to all our Jersey friends and family, thanks for all your support and best wishes and don't forget, there's space on the boat for visitors, so looking forward to hearing from you, love Catherine xxx
07/11/2010, Jersey, Channel Islands
Finished work on Wed 30 June 2010. Thursday 1 July finds me running up and down the stairs in my home wondering where on earth to start packing first. UP 'right, I'll start sorting clothes i don't need - oh, hang on, need to clear a space to put the clothes into' DOWN 'oh, hang on, need Mark to help me dismantle the wardrobe' UP DOWN UP DOWN. Finally realise I've spent 30 minutes having a good cardiovascular workout but doing nothing about packing the house up. Kettle goes on, surf the net, give up for the day.
10 days later and I have started to cross jobs off the list I made. A new home has been found for the goldfish - thanks Katya - our SSB radio and radar have arrived after exciting bidding on e bay - and some progress has been made in the form of hospice shop runs and furniture donations. Now the TV has gone however, I have Lochy hassling me for the computer so he can log onto moshimonsters. I'll have to break it to him gently that we won't have internet access 24/7 when we are away!!
So, the house is sold [tick] the notice has been handed in at work [tick tick] and a deposit has been placed on a boat [tick]. I have 9 working days left, Mark has already finished and then kids finish school on 22 July 2010. On 23 July 2010 we 'll be on the ferry to the UK with our bags packed, our house empty and our car boot full to the brim. After a trip down to Greece in May by Mark, we decided to settle on a 39 foot catamaran. The good news is it is on tip top condition. The down side is that it is not available until the end August due to a pre-booked charter. However, our flights are booked for Greece at the end of August and then we can spend a leisurely/frantic [delete as appropriate] 2 months kitting Pegasus out for longer sails (radar, solar panels etc etc)
In a way, it is good that we are not being waved off from the marina in Jersey only for the inevitable return an hour later because something has snapped! Going over to UK first is less permanent and more gradual (for us any way!)
Kids are excited, Mum and Dad are excited - I just can't finish work fast enough so I can concentrate on the trip ahead!
More details once I have finished work!!
So, after a few years of talking about it, it seems the final count down has begun! I have 6 weeks left at work, Mark has passed his final exams with flying colours, and (fingers crossed) the house goes through court a week tomorrow. Despite some people telling us that in the current market we would never sell, we were really pleased to be offered above the asking price AND get to stay rent free until end July - that was the clincher for us!
So, it seems we have trawled the internet for boats for MONTHS now and have narrowed it down to a couple of catamarans in Greece - Mark is heading down on Sunday to have a test drive, get a survey and hopefully put in an offer and I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
The plan is for Mark to go back down to Greece mid June and sail it back to Jersey, so we can kit it out and start our adventure from here. Hopefully, I can join him first week of July and we can do some serious stuff - like learning how to sail. It'll be good to do that whilst the kids are still in school so we can be super confident by the time they climb aboard!