It’s official. At last the money – from the sale of the home I used to share with my ex-wife – has come through. That’s it, the final link between us is now finally severed.
It would be time to pop the cork from a bottle, or two, of champagne but Lisa and I just don’t have time to spare right now as we have just completed the purchase of our new home in the south of Spain. Now, there is so much to do as we prepare for the move.
Oh, great times ahead.
We are not actually flying out to Spain until November but before that we are heading to the USA for what promises to be a super holiday. It all starts with a luxurious cruise across the Atlantic – hey, cut that out, stop singing the theme to the Titanic film. After that, we will be spending nine days touring around several states.
Finally, we will return to the UK, staying for just two nights, collecting our two cats from the cattery and sending them on their overland journey to Spain before we fly out to welcome them to their new home in the sun. Actually, both Pooka and Prissy were born, and lived most of their lives, in Florida; I am sure they will welcome the hotter weather.
Now, though, there is much to be done.
We have already started, of course, and have sold lots of bits and pieces through Ebay and North Wales Auctions in Rhyl. Most of our furniture will eventually go that way as we have bought our new home already furnished, although we will be buying a few new items.
Unwanted clothes and books have been sold to specialist companies while other fabrics such as duvets, pillows and curtains are being recycled.
Lisa has been a tower of strength through all this and has so far packed three 110 litre plastic crates, with an outsize suitcase to go – alongside a weekend bag full of shoes, a bundle of my walking sticks and shepherd’s crooks and my essential over-armchair swivel table (disassembled and strapped together). These are all being collected in early September and taken to our new home by road.
Once they have gone, if I know her (and I most certainly do) Lisa will begin packing for our trip to Spain, via America.
We are actually moving out of our current home, a rented flat in the North Wales town of Colwyn Bay, before we go to America. On the day we move out, Darren from North Wales Auctions is coming back to clear the house. Perfect.
I’ll let you know how things progress.