Tieing up loose ends

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
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Trip End May 30, 2013


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It seems like this has been a long time in coming.  Having purchased our plane tickets in February of this year, it was too far away to be real.  Even last month it was hard to fathom what was really coming.  But once the calendar flipped to the first of October everything changed.  It was HERE!  We had the end dates for our work, all of our providers needed to be contacted to cancel service, library books needed to be returned, immunizations had to be done, and we had to start eating all the food in our cupboards/freezer...no more putting off the inevitable. 

Some of this we've been through before.  Unfortunately, Brian and I never do anything simply.  This is not just a straightforward move to a new house, once we get on the plane we're severing our ties with the UK and there's really no going back.  We need to completely tie up all loose ends.  Also, by moving to the UK in the first place we've considerably complicated our lives.  Now we do not just have one government to deal with, but TWO (2 income tax returns - yay!) as well as 2 separate banking systems dealing with 2 currencies.  We also don't have the safety of re-routing everything to 'Mom and Dad's', things need to be settled properly. 

So this month we're trudging through all of that.  Lists and more lists are created and checked.  Practice packs and inventories are done as we rack our brains and add new things.  Next step will be scouring the house and making sure it's ready for the new tenants to move in. 

All that is quite trivial, actually.  The saddest part was that we need to say goodbye.  Our time spent in Ratho may have been soggy and cold, but the warmth of the people and the friends we've made are something we haven't experienced in any of the places we've lived.  Slowly knowing that we're seeing people for 'the last time' is more and more heartbreaking with every last hug.

As we tie up all of our loose ends, we also wish to tightly tie ourbands of friendship so that they won't loosen with time or distance. 
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Bonnie on

How exciting ? Be safe

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