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we have car!

since i’ve come back from south africa and found out that we had to move out of our flat things have been rather hectic at home. we’ve been searching frantically for a new place and the whole thing has been made more difficult by the fact that we have the cats.

in all our searching we literally only found 3 places in oxford that allowed cats! as it is we were quite lucky that one of them was suitable – the only complication was that it was just out of reach of public transport, which meant that we had to get a car. cue more frantic searching and hence my sporadic blogging and presence on your blogs of late.

on thursday we finally got one, and just in time, because we’re moving on the 3rd of april. we’re really excited about the car and yesterday i took charlotte out for a drive to where we’ll be living and we stopped over in a pub.

getting a car is a bit weird in england, ’cause one mostly doesn’t really need one, and so because it isn’t essential, it isn’t that big a deal. but then, on the other hand, having one is also a bit of a luxury and quite a lot of fun because we’re now really looking forward to exploring more of england, and hopefully some of europe too! 🙂

for the last 5 years i’ve enjoyed not having the responsibility of driving and the convenience of being able to walk everywhere, and although i’ll miss that, when i got into the car i got that cool feeling of independence again, which i’d forgotten about. that wonderful feeling that you could just go anywhere!

one thing that’s going to take some getting used to, though, are these little roads – they’re so narrow! the streets are so much more cramped here and except for the main roads one always finds oneself driving downs streets that only really have space for one car. thankfully we got a tiny little nissan micra – i honestly don’t know how people in bmw’s get around…!

since we’ve got the car things have quietened down a little bit, since a big part of the big organisation for the move has been done. we’ve also packed up a lot of stuff and all the books, cds, paintings and framed pictures have been packed up. i can’t believe how much work its all been, though! i’ve moved quite a few times, but each time i was just moving what could be fitted into one bedroom, or a bachelor flat – with this move its an entire home, with mine and charlotte’s stuff and all our furniture!

we’re now really excited about the move. we were initially upset about leaving, and still are a little, because we like the community here in jericho a lot. its in oxford and 10 minutes walk from the city centre, but its a hidden little pocket, so you don’t feel like you’re right in the middle of the city, but you still have the convenience of being nearby everything. i mean, we literally walk or cycle everywhere.

the place we’re going to is really beautiful, though. its a converted barn in a little village called wytham and its surrounded by lots of countryside. we even have a tiny field outside our house, and there’s a river that runs behind the main house.

it really is a bit like something out of the wind and the willows…! 🙂

by the way, in case you’re thinking that my grammar went a bit wonky with the title, its a quote of that line from “the out-of-towners” (the steve martin one).

i love that bit. i could watch it over and over 🙂

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  1. March 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Congrats! That’s awesome. I’m horribly jealous of the description of y’alls new place 😉 It sounds incredible. I really need to make it to England some time…it’s at the top of my list of places to travel to. I hope that y’all enjoy your car and that the move isn’t too bad! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that everything goes smoothly.

  2. March 25, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Congrats on the new car! Now you can drive to Scotland and to Wales and to the Peak District and everything 😀 I have to say that the idea of driving in England does scare me a bit. It was so different from what I’m used to! Still, there are a lot of advantages to having a car, that’s for sure.

    Good luck with the move and with getting settled in! It’s too bad you’re leaving your little hidden pocket, but the new place does sound beautiful. We demand pictures!

  3. March 26, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Oh my, your new place sounds incredible! You’ll have to post some pics once you’re moved and settled.

    Hope you enjoy your car! I’d be thrilled if I never had to drive again…but that’s not going to happen here. Public transportation sucks in most of the U.S. Which is truly a shame. Most Americans are utterly spoiled by their vehicles. Anyway, I’m sure you and Charlotte will have a lot of wonderful times exploring!

    Good luck with the move!

  4. March 26, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I’d love to see a photo or three of your new place.

  5. March 26, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Well, crap! Seems as if your blog has decided it doesn’t like me either. This has just happened with Chris’s blog, too…it won’t accept my comments. He found out they are being blocked out by his spam filter.

    Anyway, as I said earlier, your new place sounds absolutely incredible! I do hope you’ll share some photos once you and Charlotte get moved and settled in! Good luck with the move!

  6. March 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Pictures?????

    The new place sounds wonderful and I hope the rest of the move goes smoothly. I can’t imagine going that long without a car. I’d love to be able to try it some time, but it certainly wouldn’t work in the area I live in.

  7. jean pierre
    March 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    the move day is on thursday and photos will follow very soon indeed! we’re both very excited. but as we get closer to the new house, our current house gets emptier by the day, as everything is being boxed up…

    not having a car just doesn’t seem feasible in america, does it? as with south africa. the countries are just too big and everything’s so spread out for public transport to fulfill all one’s needs.

    CHRIST:

    you definitely have to come! haha, we always talk about this! but a holiday in england costs a lot of money…

    thanks for the good wishes!

    NYMETH:

    its very different, isn’t it! and a little scary!

    we’re definitely going to explore, and wales and the peak district are just the kind of places we want to go to!

    ELIZABETH:

    your wish will be my command.

    DEBI:

    eek – sorry debi – i had a look at my spam folder and unspammed them! there were some there from nymeth too…

    photos will be coming very soon indeed!

    sorry again about the stupid spam filter. i’ll check it regularly now…

    CARL:

    thank you. yeah, it has been nice without a car, really relaxing and stress-free. but then there is also the stress that comes with not having a car sometimes – being stuck somewhere and having to rely on other people.

  8. Anonymous
    March 28, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Oh. Oh. Can anyone say road-trip? Show us your new pad, Jean Pierre. And are the cats settled in yet? 😉

  9. March 28, 2008 at 12:51 am

    That was me above – heh.

  10. jean pierre
    March 28, 2008 at 9:18 am

    hahahaha! i got very scared for a second there…!

    i was like wtf!? who’s this person being all familiar, asking about showing me stuff and the cats, and, did they say road trip! does that mean they wanted to join us!

    well, those were the thoughts that went through my head.

    but yes, we are definitely looking forward to road-trips and i can’t wait to show you huys the place. we haven’t moved just yet – we’re moving on thursday. the poor cats, though, i don’t think they can wait, ’cause there’ve been boxes all over the place for the last two weeks now (and they’ve really built up now) and the poor things are getting anxious.

    oh they’re going to love catching all the mices!!!

  11. Jeff S.
    March 30, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Very exciting for you both. I also can’t wait to see photos of your new home. It sounds magical. I hope your cats adjust to the move as well. We’ve moved with cats before and they can be quite sullen with the stress of moving but they’ve always adjusted in short order. I like the new car as well.

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