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The final countdown has begun…we’re off in 6 days

As we sit here in the lounge, in our comfy(!) garden chairs, and peruse the chaos around us, the reality has finally hit. It is happening, we’ve rented out our house, we’re leaving in less than a week !! It’s been a fast moving, and incredibly frustrating couple of weeks!  A week ago, we were still in limbo and being increasingly frustrated by prospective tenants. We had a lovely Welsh couple come round, adored the house, said they wanted it, then disappeared. They were quickly followed by a single guy, went into […]

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Time is marching on

9 Weeks to go. Two weeks since our last blog, and just nine weeks before vacate our house at the end of January. It’s been a very busy two weeks with house clearance, decorating and family stuff, but there’s no major milestones and no big changes to report. The house is starting to look empty in a few places, most of the obvious junk and stuff that we or the family don’t want has gone The house is still up for rental No takers yet unfortunately and we don’t realistically expect […]

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A quiet week, and a disappointment

It’s a bit hard to write a blog when there’s not much happened to write about. When we’re off travelling, there’ll be things happening most days, but this week has been relatively quiet with no major events. What should have been the biggest event for the week was the “open hour” for the house viewing, when prospective tenants could come and look around the house. Checking in with the estate agents on Friday, after we’d spent a lot of time making the house look beautiful, revealed that nobody had registered […]

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16 weeks to go…or is it 12

The house went out on the rental market this week – that was a scary reality check seeing the details out there on the internet waiting for a prospective renter. We’ve been assuming Carol giving up work at the end of February, but we realised this week if someone wanted to rent the house from the start of February, Carol could give up work a month earlier and financially we’d be no worse off. That sent us into an even bigger tailspin potentially cutting four weeks out of our sixteen […]

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The preparation begins……

17 Weeks to go. A casual remark from a Motorhome friend and blogger “the time will pass so quickly” sent us into a head spin this week. We sat in bed counting the weeks, discussing all the things we had to get done getting the house ready to rent, Christmas looming, and a new van to get kitted out (and enjoy). As the list of jobs got longer and longer we realised we had to seriously get our arses in gear if we want to get out of the house by […]

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Principles for clearing the house ready for renting

We’re starting the long process of clearing the house, ready to rent it out next March – theres a lot to do and a lot to clear out. For everything in the house we need to decide Will it be useful in the Van on our travels? Does it add value to the house? – it can stay with the house Do we need to keep it, or is it sentimental? – for storage Does anybody else want it? Can we sell it? Give it to the Charity shop Dump it ! […]

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Our new van is ordered

Having decided to put our house up for rent and go travelling, we soon realised out 6m Chausson wasn’t going to be big enough to hold all of the “stuff” we were going to need on our travels. Our awning, our inflatable kayak, two electric bikes, all of Phil’s fishing stuff, plus the myriad of extra things we’d need to carry for life on the road – we need a bigger van with a garage. Seeing as our van was also going to be our home for the next year […]

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Welcome to our Travel Blog

Hi from Phil And Carol and Welcome to our Travel Blog. The place where we’ll record the story of our travels around Europe. We’ve decided we’re ready to spend more time traveling Europe in our Motorhome, this is our blog to record the details of our travels. Carol’s giving up work at the end of March 17, but with outstanding annual leave her last day at work should be the end of Feb. A weeks skiing in Austria at the start of March, and then we’ll be off on our […]

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