Monthly Archives: July 2015

Settling in

Hello everyone and greetings from Penylan!  Morgy and I moved in last Tuesday and we haven’t stopped unpacking since.  Every time we cross something off our to do list, at least three other tasks get scribbled on the bottom.  I don’t know how it happens.

So we are slowly getting settled into our new house but “slowly” does indeed seem to be the right adverb.  This is life with a toddler…!  Even though it was hard being separated from Aled while he and the painter and plasterers were working, we know it was better to keep Morgan out of the house until all the dirty work was done.

Last week was a big week.  With both parents “in situ”, we’ve managed to get the house working as a house should.  We vacuumed and wiped it all from top to bottom, a king-size mattress and two sofas were delivered, and the kitchen cupboards have been organised.

Morgy tried to help Daddy as much as he could…


…even though Daddy would have probably been just fine on his own…


Tonight I put out about five bags of recycling and a big stack of flattened cardboard boxes for pick up tomorrow.  You all know how much I love rubbish day right?  Sadly, almost as soon as we unpacked all of our New Zealand boxes, the American shipment turned up!  Just typical.


Morgy loved watching the “broom broom” come down our street, which I personally found a pretty remarkable driving feat.  They reversed an articulated lorry (a truck with two containers) about 150 yards down our narrow, dead end street.


Anyways this is the first time since leaving the US in 2002 that I’ve had all my own belongings physically with me so it’s quite a milestone.  It’s so nice having all my old books and photo albums in the house.  Not to mention some old tutus.  Yes.  I just shipped some old dance costumes across the Atlantic Ocean.  Let’s just say I needed more sequins in my life.

So this is a pic of our street, which I must say is one of the friendliest neighbourhoods I’ve ever lived in.  Two days ago, our neighbours to the left came over with some baking to welcome us.  So sweet.


Nothing much else to report.  I’ve started applying for jobs but no luck so far.   Compared with my experience in Wellington, it seems that the job adverts are far more specific.  They don’t want just any old business analyst.  They want a retail banking business analyst with experience in credit cards.  Hmmm.  School holidays have just started so I don’t think that’s helping matters either.  But we’ll see what happens, fingers crossed something good comes along.

Oh right, the weather has been unusually cool.  The British can talk about weather CONSTANTLY so I don’t want to fall into that trap too much.  All I will say is that the global warming experts really need help with branding.


Progress on the house

Aled has made amazing progress on the house, despite some very sad news in the meantime.  Uncle Martin, who was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer last year, passed away on June 30th in Exeter Hospital.  It’s been a sad time for the Evans family.  Martin was a keen stamp collector, with a particular interest in post marks and postal history and has travelled to many, many places on this interesting planet.  He will be sorely missed.

Time marches on though and it seems there’s hardly a moment to stop and reflect.  Life is so busy isn’t it?  It’s a shame that it takes someone’s passing to take the time to appreciate our loved ones.

So this will be a very short blog post, but I wanted to show some progress on the house in Cardiff.  (And who doesn’t love some before and after pictures?)  Here’s the front lounge before:

living room

And here’s it with the floors sanded — better eh?


And here’s the second lounge/dining room before:

second living room

Interesting colour choices which needed some, what should we say, softening…?


And the upstairs front bedroom before:


And now, a little bit messy but you get the idea.


Many thanks to Ken the amazing decorator who soldiers on in our absence!  Can’t believe we are paying someone to paint but desperate times call for desperate measures.  He’s really speeding through it.

That’s all for now folks as I’ve got to clean up the big house before my inlaws get back from Devon!  We’ve since moved out of Maen Gwyn where we spent the last 7 months because it’s going to be let to holiday makers from next week and I’m holding down the whole fort: four fields, two greenhouses, two houses, two chickens, and countless potted plants.  Oh yes, and one little dragon… who is thankfully sleeping right now.