I heard the above phrase spoken in the broadest Bristolian accent on Saturday (at a local Christmas Fair) and knew at that point that I was home again.
The move went as smoothly as these things can, and we were very lucky that we moved last Wednesday and not this Wednesday as Essex was badly hit by snow yesterday - which would have made for a very tricky move indeed. Luckily, we've yet to see any sign of the white stuff here in the ever-so-slightly-warmer West Country.
Poor P only had the one night in our new home and flew off to Hong Kong last Friday evening in order to start his new job on Monday. Today was the first time I've been able to speak to him on the phone (a week was the quickest Virgin could connect me which is not bad at all considering BT were quoting a date in January!! Seriously, they think six weeks without a phone or the internet is acceptable in the 21st century. Jeez, I don't think so!!)
We're both missing each other like mad but such is life in this economic downturn. At least P has a job for the next six months. He's still hoping something will come from the interview he had in Switzerland last week and so am I, especially as you can fly direct from Bristol to Zurich these days.
I'm still surrounded by unpacked boxes and things are a bit daunting at the moment. I have been helped tremendously by having Mum round the corner (I pop round for a cup of tea most afternoons) and she has been a real trooper. Some very good friends of mine who also live just round the corner have been fantastic, too, and I'm really grateful to them for all their help.
We found that the garage roof was leaking quite badly in one place - not ideal as we have a ton of 'stuff' stored in there at the moment - but I contacted a local builder who has, hopefully, fixed the leak. He'll be back again on Tuesday to start on the rather long list of fiddly little things that need sorting out around the house. Again, it's helpful to be on familiar ground as I know he is a reliable and pleaseant chap to deal with.
I'm taking everything one day at a time and eventually it will all get sorted. At least there is no looming deadline like there was with the moving date, so that makes things easier to cope with.