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 🙂