Friday, 3 April 2009

All change!

What a week for the Withenay clan!

1 April turned out to be no fool: my husband started work as a Consultant Paediatrician. I take all the credit, of course, for ... er ... for... well, I did tell him he could do it! This is, of course, the job that precipitates the move, so he is now in Manchester and we wait for the house purchase to go through.

But - trumpets please! - the mortgage has been approved, the valuation has come in-line with our offer and I even have the paperwork in front of me! Ta-dah!! Now just some legal stuff and hair-raising money transfers to go! Oh, and the physical move itself, which I am not (repeat: not) looking forward to.

Now with husband out of the house I am turning into a domestic goddess. Oh, well, all right... the kids and I baked choc chip cookies yesterday for my son's class's cake stall today. There are still a few left to sell! 

More excitingly I have begun writing Book 2 of our Zambian saga, with a working title of 'The One with The Brain Event'. So far I've written about the diesel can leaking all over the luggage and the car, the roof rack flying off in the middle of the Game Park (you know, with lions, elephants, hyaenas etc. all around), the petrol gauge breaking and a tyre bursting. That was all one holiday, in less than a week. For some reason, nothing ever was simple and according to plan for us!

And best of all, the sun is shining and the Easter holidays are here! 


Maternal Tales said...

Sounds like you've got it all sorted. Looking forward to your posts about the move - I moved house with a two week old baby and a toddler. Not to be recommended (although that was within the same city and not to a different continent) - good luck!

Working mum said...

Good luck with the move. And welcome to Manchester!

Catharine Withenay said...

MT: I did the transcontinental move about 18 months ago, after 4 years in Zambia (kids 2.5 and 8 months when we left UK...) This move will be my third in under three years ... it just has to be the last!!

WM: thanks for the welcome! I don't feel I'm quite there yet, but watch this space.... !!

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