I have not been on the site much lately due to all manner of catastrophe`s which do, for some reason, seem to befall me!
However, we are finally on the home stretch.
In a nutshell, we finally managed to sell our investment flat (which had fallen through on the first attempt at the 11th hour) we managed to secure our eldest daughter`s new home here in the UK (it half killed us to do it as it was dependant on the flat sale going through the 1st time.... needless to say it has been no fun at all bankrolling her new house whilst waiting for the new buyer) Thankfully though, we are through that now.
We leave the UK on January 8th and drive off to Venice for our ferry on the 10th. Finally, we are getting there!
Mondial will be collecting our possessions a couple of days before we go so hopefully, we will all be reunited safely!
Our electric has finally been connected...
Our house here is now almost ready to be let and we are on the homerun with finalising our affairs here.
In a moment of madness, I gave my lovely range cooker and my dishwasher to my daughter...oh dear.. beans on toast for Christmas lunch! The irony of it, is that my daughter will be in South Africa for Christmas... no where near my cooker!! Tell you what though, I could`nt care less! After the year I have had with one thing and another, not being able to cook Christmas dinner will be a doddle! I will be too busy packing anyway!
Anyway, just thought I would let you all know how thing are going.... I know my avatar signature has said 10 weeks to the big move for a long time now, at last I can officially say... 5 weeks and 4 days!
Message posted by DCV on 01áDecemberá2007 at 2:51pm - IP Logged
Brilliant, Angie. The New Year will herald a New Start. You'll be there in time to see in the Spring in Corfu - what bliss! All the catastrophes and hassles will probably soon be but a distant memory.
No need to wrestle with a turkey this year either....why not try a mad picnic-on-the-beach for Christmas Day? My aunt does this every Boxing day. It has to be pretty severe weather to put her off (and she's 80 next year.)
GOOD LUCK!! Looking forward to reading your posts in due course.
Message posted by Angie_redshoes on 01áDecemberá2007 at 7:59pm - IP Logged
Bless you hunnie! Been thinking about you and wondering where you were up to!
Glad all sounds on target.....never mind about cooking Christmas Dinner......your statutory drops of Holy Water on the holiest of Holy days will no doubt numb the hunger LOLOL!
Good luck over the next couple of weeks ..... hope it all goes to plan for the 8th Jan (I am guessing you havent had an impromptu invite to my SURPRISE 50 th then????????? (22 Jan.....and havent sussed out any plans as yet.........HMMMMM have they all forgotten LOL)
Message posted by Angie_redshoes on 02áDecemberá2007 at 12:20pm - IP Logged
I've never had any communications with you on this site but i've enjoyed reading your threads (especially the one you started off on the rumors of a new airport) and I've been following the progress on your new house.
All the best on your forthcoming move and keep us posted on progress!!
Message posted by steang on 02áDecemberá2007 at 5:08pm - IP Logged
It's nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel,been there know whats it like.We are going to the uk for xmas cause Steve's son is arriving there from China,so it will be great to see him.We sail back from Venice on the 6th so will miss you by a couple of days.
Oh Angie so glad you finally have it all sorted can't wait to come and visit you out there.
I haven't cooked xmas dinner for a few years now and its bliss - we have decided to risk going up a mountain again this christmas - if nothing else it gets me out of cooking - not having a cooker is a very good excuse too then you'll get wined and dined somewhere instead LOL
Good luck with the packing xxxxx
Message posted by Ray and Gisela on 03áDecemberá2007 at 7:31pm - IP Logged
Thanks for your kind offer, however, once I am headed Corfu way I am not stopping till I see my house!!! lol Have fun with Kiera!!
Nikita, thank you, long time no see! What a beauty your little girl is! My daughter`s partner is from Johannesburg and they have been back to S.A. a couple of times now, this time for the wedding of a good friend of theirs. They will be spending 5 days in Cape Town, one week in Kruger Park and another week in another safari park, I can`t remember which one! P.S.... all little girls start off with wanting a toy kitchen... it`s just a practice run for when they swipe your real one away from you!! lol
Sonia.. thank you, I never thought we would get there!
Dawn.. thanks for the email, I know exactly what you mean about the whole no time thing.. glad you girls had a blast.. you got your spice girl outfit sorted yet? lol
Becky... just as soon as we have built it!! Oooh there will be a few parties in the Red Shoe Bar!
Guess what?..... 5 WEEKS TODAY!!
Message posted by Dave666 on 04áDecemberá2007 at 11:00am - IP Logged
near the end of a long road travelled and about to start a new adventure. I look forward to hearing aaaaaaaaaaaaaall about it when you get there(that reminds me ..take a map). I truly hope you and your mob end up with everything on your Wish list. Buy that poor long suffering MM a beer from me and I'll give the money next August.
Message posted by MartynG on 04áDecemberá2007 at 2:09pm - IP Logged
Have you done the drive here before in the winter months.We was advised to get some snow chains just in case also winter tyres fitted,but as ours are new tyres with a good tread we should be ok.Hopefully driving on the main roads they will be clear.Snow chains in the boot ready though just in case.Also dont forget your vinyet for driving through Austria,Steve did,nt get one last time we was told as driving straight through we should be ok, we got a 140 euro on the spot fine.
Message posted by Angie_redshoes on 08áDecemberá2007 at 6:31pm - IP Logged
We have driven fairly extensively through europe during the winter months and must admit snow chains were not necessary as the main drags were always clear... however.. it`s a good idea.
Vinyet??? I am hoping to god you mean high vis vests? These we have... I do hope you are not referring to something that only I have never heard of and, as a result, the entire CTG are cracking up laughing at me!!
Message posted by Graham T-A on 08áDecemberá2007 at 6:57pm - IP Logged
Angie, you will need a vignette to drive either through Austria or Switzerland. We never drive through Switzerland though as we usually carry new purchases and as they are not a EU country you are technically importing them into Switzerland and then again into the EU as you leave. For Austria you can buy the vignette at a sales place which is on the border and is well signposted with a picture of the vignette and the word vignette clearly shown. They cost seven euro eighty cents which gives you ten days driving but you only really need about two hours to drive through, even with heavy traffic. Snow chain are compulsary so if it snows and you get held up because you don't have any expect a heavy fine. Don't forget that if you have a 4 wheel drive car you need 2 sets (one for front and one for back wheels).
Don't worry Angie I haven't heard of it either and whatever it is I'm hoping its already in our hire car for our trips to switzerland/austria skiing lol
Perhaps its an Austrian head scarf - could they be compulsory out there LOL
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 08áDecemberá2007 at 6:59pm - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
Angie, its the road tax applied to visitors passing through, its the same in Switzerland.
I dont know how you get one for Austria, but Switzerland is dead easy, as you enter the countrys borders, all cars without the correct sticker applied to the windscreen are directed to one side where a lady sells you a sticker for 30euros.
What I did'nt know was that there are strict rules in Switzerland as to how much booze you can carry into the country, lucky for us in our ignorance we were'nt asked to open the boot.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 08áDecemberá2007 at 7:04pm - IP Logged
Not to put you off , but in germany you must have winter tyres if not and you have an crash you will be to blame weather it is your falt or not . and a tryangle if you brake down , and a vest for each of the persons in the car , and do not drive through Swiss boader if you could help it . All the best Ray .
Message posted by Ray and Gisela on 10áDecemberá2007 at 8:00pm - IP Logged
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