Monday, November 26, 2012

Got myself a little Samsung handheld video camera today (the HD400) - quite easy to use, reasonably good picture quality and a few neat little features. All in all, quite happy with it but give me a while because i've only really taken three tiny little videos of the kiddies.    The intention is to make a lot of videos of our early days/months in the UK and burn to DVD to send to the family later on.  Already bought us a couch off e-Bay, which is going to be delivered on or about the 10th December.  
We are having a family 'Christmas' nosh up on Saturday night for about fifteen people ... it's going to be the last time we will have the chance to eat Turkey etc. and all the trimmings with our family for many months.   Should be fun.

It's been in the region of 32 degrees C here (most of last week) ... bit cooler today because we had a lot of rain over the weekend.   I understand temperatures are going down in Norwich and should be well into the minuses by the time we get on the plane. 

Feel a bit weird today - slightly lost. 

We still have a lot of work to do before we board the plane, so even though it's very relaxed living here at my son's house, we still have to concentrate on client's applications - bummer.
I'm looking forward to having a proper break for the Christmas holidays.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

almost ready for up, up and away but still a way to go

how does this work?  it's only 21 days to go ... not long ... but still it's dragging so much! 
Managed to get one child's school sorted out (free school! - good gracious me) and almost got youngest child's nursery school organised (also free, bloody hell)  - so things are moving along.    Just been looking at British Telecoms packages for unlimited Broadband with HD tv and phone lines ... so will give them a call tomorrow and find out if we can get that ordered from SA so long.   Have the chance of borrowing a double bed from our friends and will be going to them for a nosh up on Boxing Day.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

granny hurling

The trip down to Cape Town this past weekend was completely wonderful and I'm so glad I was able to make it to see you dude :)  Thanks again for taking me out to the beach to toss my mum's ashes into the sea.  The nubile FHM model frolicking in the waves above ran into the picture frame as I was taking a shot of the exact spot where I hurled the ashes ... funny!  So maybe my mum is now reincarnated in the body of a wannabe FHM model, i'm sure she won't mind too much.
Tomorrow it is my youngest's (Dave and Ally) birthday - they are both 29 - holy crap and I'm still alive :) Scary.
It's only a couple of weeks now and then we'll be off to the airport (not looking forward to that actually) and off we go.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

on the road again ... almost

Time is whizzing by now at a fair pace.  I don’t believe that I have come to terms with what is happening yet, i doubt that I will for a long time.  It’s been so long in the planning and execution but in less than a month we will be flying over the ocean and landing in London, to start our new life in Norwich.   All the years/months/weeks of planning, list making, stress, stress and more stress have now culminated in a period of quiet (to a certain degree) and dare I say it, relaxation.   It's surreal.   I am afraid to smile and be happy just yet, in case it all blows up in my face.

 Staying at my son’s house is very pleasant, despite the lack of space we are all substantially less stressed out and starting to fall into a kind of dream like state, in anticipation of the last week in South Africa.  It is going to be interesting to see what our reactions are going to be once we have arrived in England.  We have secured a place to rent for six months (with the option to extend the lease for a further six months), car hire is organised and we will be buying a small run around as soon as possible after arrival in Norfolk.   The search is now on for a school for the little monsters - so far it's looking good.

 My youngest daughter is no longer coming with us and this is actually a big relief – emotionally, financially – she is staying behind to be with her partner.  Amazingly she has found a job in just under two days (she actually secured two jobs within 24 hours of each other) – something really weird ... if you consider that she has been ‘trying’ to find a job for over two years.   Obviously the new partner's influence had a lot to do with it and i'm pleased that she has found someone who really cares for her, is supportive and mature - physically and mentally.  His family all get on very well with her and we have all noticed that she's relaxed, happy and at ease with him - so I don't have any reservations with regards her relationship and have confidence that it will endure.