Leaving Whitstable…the Final Stages

Of course, it is always more stressful and more time-consuming than one expects, getting out of a house that one has lived in for more than a few weeks.  It is amazing, really, how much stuff we acquired in only 10 months.  Amazing.

We sent two huge boxes of stuff back to the USA.  This was clothes, paperwork, a few books, and a few things we collected as mementos.  Nota bene: we have already had two people carry back full suitcases for us, plus a third who carried many items in her own suitcase…

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We purged and purged and purged.  Many bags and boxes went to charity shops…

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And many bags and boxes went to Tim and Emilie, Christina, and the Dyers…

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Our recycling load on that last week was HUGE!

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Oh the packing.  We were expecting to live out of our suitcases for 8 weeks after leaving Whitstable, so our packing had to be very strategic, and as light as possible, since we’d be moving around from place to place without a car much of the time.  One big complication is that we had to bring bedding with us.  It is not included with the camper van, and we may also need some in Iceland if we borrow our new friends’ tent and do some camping there…so we had some sheets, blankets, and pillows.  Not ideal.

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And then there was the reassembling of furniture, and returning the house to the state in which we found it.  This included moving beds and couches as we’d changed the layout when we moved in.  We also had to get lamps and decorative items out of storage and place just so…wash all the linens and fold neatly, and clean, clean, clean!

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Brad really outdid himself.  I took the kids over to Canterbury on the morning of the house changeover and he stayed behind to meet the carpet cleaner and then the owner and property management agent.  The house was spotless, and the owner and agent were very pleased.  We got our security deposit back immediately!  AND…we have a place to stay if we ever need to live there again.  Despite all the little things that maybe weren’t perfect about living in that place, we are happy with how we left it, and how we left our relationship with the owners and the agents.  All-in-all, it was a great place for us to be.

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It was sad to leave…

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Goodbye Nelson Cottage.  Goodbye Whitstable.  We’ll miss you.

Thankfully, we were able to spend a few days in Canterbury, which is just down the road a bit, with our very dear friends, Tim and Emilie.

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