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Tuesday 19 December 2023

Fallen on our feet

 We handed in our registration forms at the GP surgery, have to await a call from them now (good luck with that 😂, although they have got our email address).  We also registered Betty at the local vets, who seem lovely....they actioned the registration very quickly, by the time we got home I'd already had a call on my mobile from our previous vet, asking for permission for them to release Betty's records to the new vet.  Got a refund from Toolstation for the misdelivered towel rail, and ordered a new one - which they assured us we would be able to collect from them today.

Husband put the TV up on the wall, freeing up space on his much smaller desk.  He also put up some more hooks for me - in the kitchen for mugs, tea towel, oven gloves etc, and hallway for coats.  Just the new towel rail to go up in the bathroom, along with hooks on the back of the door for dressing gown, and then pictures to go up on the walls.  We must apologise to our neighbours for all the drilling noises, don't want to get off to a bad start with them.  So all the necessary jobs are nearly done now, just a few boxes still to unpack.  None are urgent though, so can be done at my leisure.  And yesterday afternoon, for the first time since moving here last Wednesday, we did nothing - went for a dog walk around the local area, then came back and all of us simply sat and rested for the afternoon.  Husband watched - well, dozed off in front of - the TV, of course, Betty slept and I played a few games on my laptop and read the papers.  It was a nice, restful day.

There are 2 sheltered housing estates here...the small close of 11 bungalows and one flat where we live (the flat is on top of the community centre) and a larger complex of 26 bungalows and a warden's house just the other side of the community centre.  We've definitely got the best area - our little close of bungalows is a 'normal' cul de sac with bungalows each side of the road, some detached, some semis, all with attractive front gardens, some of which have driveways or car ports.  The other, larger complex looks just what it is - a sheltered housing complex of terraced bungalows in a square shape, surrounding a green space....most of the bungalows there don't have a dedicated front garden, they're communal areas of grass or path, although some of the bungalows have pots of shrubs beside their front doors.  None of them have parking spaces or drives, those who have cars park them in a residents parking area at the start of the complex.  I wouldn't have liked living there, it would have felt too much like an old people's estate.  Which, of course, is exactly what it is, as is our close - but it doesn't feel like that here, thank goodness.  I'm guessing that the larger communal bungalow area is for people with more complex health needs, especially since there's a resident warden for that area.  

There are some lovely old houses and cottages in the lanes surrounding our bungalow - and I mean really old, 1800s by the looks of things, converted chapels, forges and the like, with very thick old stone walls, great big chimney breasts, small windows.  And a stream running through the village down to the main road and beyond.  It's all so pretty here, we've really fallen on our feet.

9 comments:

  1. It does sound idyllic and a perfect fit for you all. Just a few months ago you were worrying if you would find anywhere suitable and now you are there. I’m so pleased for you.

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  2. Fallen on your feet as you say and it sounds like fallen in love, too. What a wonderful outcome and you didn’t have to wait years to do it. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

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  3. It sounds absolutely fantastic and I am so get glad for you both. You've worked extremely hard to get to this point and it did my heart good to read that you were able to have a lovely rest day.
    Fingers crossed for the land line now. xx

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  4. It's lovely to read this. Your happiness and positivity shines off the screen! You're going to have fun exploring the area and getting to know people. Fallen on your feet into a bed of rose petals! xx

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  5. I think all the "regulars" here would agree you truly deserve this piece of good luck!

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  6. Sounds just lovely and a hint of what's to come, so pleased for you.

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  7. I am so glad you are liking the area, what is the village name, if you don't want to pop it on here, make a comment on my blog, I won't publish your comment. I thought you might be in the Carhampton area.

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  8. The area sounds so lovely Sooze. You really have fallen into a wonderful area for you.

    God bless.

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  9. Sighhhhhhh of relief from here. I feel you draining into a puddle . Cover up and nap in your new private space.

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