It has been terribly quiet around here.
I am sinking in boxes. Everywhere I look there is a half packed box. Rich and I are both having moments where we cannot really believe we are moving, especially as we officially have no where to move to.
An hour before we were due to exchange on the new house in Dorset our solicitor was sent a 40 page planning history document.
On page 22 was an agreement which essentially restricts any form of development on the majority of the land surrounding the house.
In 10 minutes our dream of an idyllic life in the country with parties in the paddock and a new timber office for Rich to grow his new venture were shattered.
So we are on the hunt again. Firstly for a rental house in Weston and secondly for a new dream house in the Dorset countryside.
This week all my best ones have been on hand, on the phone and on email. We have a place to stay at one of our best friends this weekend (if our sale completes on time on Friday) and I am not so secretly hoping the completion ticks over into the new year!
We know who we can count on in a crisis and I am so grateful for our family and friends.
I feel so sorry for the boys. Festive cheer has been distinctly lacking this year. We have no tree, no lights and everyone will be getting a voucher this year. Father Christmas did very well at an NCT sale last January so at least that is one thing I don't need to feel guilty about!
So we were thrilled to have spent last Saturday at Longleat. My cousin in law and her family took us for a day out as a thank you for the family photos I took of them a little while ago.
I couldn't recommend a day at Longleat more. The safari, the Santa train, the beautiful house. We could have easily spent 2 days there! Standing around the singing Christmas tree, watching Sammy and his cousin dance without a care in the world, made me smile, and for a few moments all the stress and worry disappeared.
Treasure the little moments, they help you get through the tricky ones.
Merry Christmas lovely readers. I will keep you posted on the house hunt.
I have a few Christmas posts from last year to remind you of later this week and next year I will attempt all the ideas that for now, will stay in my little blog notebook.
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