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Posted by sean on 11/12/2017 at 5:38 pm in Fun At Home with No Comments


Saturday night. We arrived home from football, freezing cold, having endured a 0-0 draw against Bognor Regis Town. We were greeted by what looked like a scene from The Bill – police and dogs everywhere. A neighbour told us how a man was wrestled to the floor by an officer, less than an hour earlier. A door mat and step outside our house had been disturbed, and the back gate unlocked! By this point, I was getting more than a little worried. What the hell had happened?

After carrying out a lot of checks on our house, it was clear that we had not been burgled, nor had anyone even attempted to break into our house. Whatever crime had taken place was unrelated to our home, and we just assumed our garden was involved in some kind of a chase between the police and criminals. Despite this, we still went to bed a little nervous.

The next morning, a police officer called round to ask if we had seen anything the previous evening. We gave our account and I keenly asked what had happened. Without giving too much away, we were told that the incident was not a risk to homes on our street, the criminals were locked up and not even from this area. We can now rest at night. Just…

Posted by sean on 01/12/2017 at 2:34 pm in Moving House with No Comments


You know how I said the other day that moving house was hard? Well it just got one step harder…
Everything has been moved from the old house to the new one. The removal firm – AJ Removals – were incredible; packing and moving our possessions and furniture. Had we not had this help, it would have taken months to move ourselves. Now comes the tricky part. Unpacking!

There appears to be hundreds of boxes everywhere. We have started to unpack, but working out where to put everything is a nightmare. My clothes are all in boxes. Until I can buy and build a wardrobe, I can’t move the clothes; but until I clear the boxes, I can’t get a wardrobe! Aaarrrggghhh!

My coffee machine is lost, which is causing great distress. We don’t have Sky and while I found my old Freeview Box, the aerial is shit. I could hardly watch I’m A Celebrity, last night due to poor reception.

I did discover some useful finds on the Freeview box… recordings from 2013. Amongst some interesting documentaries I saved, over four years ago, are old episodes of The Football League Show and Match of the Day. Watching bits of them, I can see that Leeds were shit back then and shit now!

Right now, with the mountains of cardboard boxes, it looks like a task we will never complete. I am sure we will… in another four years time.

Posted by sean on 01/12/2017 at 1:32 pm in England with No Comments


It is the draw for the World Cup this afternoon. Lots of people are already predicting England to fail to progress past the group stage. I don’t know – if we are drawn against these three teams, I think we’ll be OK…

  • Outer Mongolia
  • Vatican City
  • Lapland

Posted by sean on 29/11/2017 at 6:46 pm in Moving House with No Comments


Tonight, is the final night in our old house, where we have happily lived for over four years. Do I feel emotional about it? No. I feel a stressed, overwhelmed and tired.

We have loads and loads to pack, despite the removal firm boxing up the contents of our book/DVD shelves and kitchen. I tried clearing my wardrobe today and was amazed at how many clothes I have! I’m sure my jumpers and shirts have been breeding like rabbits in there.

This afternoon, we spent a delightful three hours in our new house. It was freezing cold and we had nowhere to sit, as the furniture isn’t being moved in until tomorrow. We had to wait while our new carpets were fitted and an engineer fixed our boiler. Yes, we bought a new house, only to find that the boiler is buggered. Luckily, it is now fixed. The carpets are lovely, although took a long time to fit. I started to get frustrated and almost had a Victor Meldrew explosion, when I heard the fitters upstairs, watching videos on their mobile phones!

Earlier today, Claire and I had two meltdowns. Luckily, not at the same time, so we were able to support the other one somewhat. The amount of work we had to do looked like a mountain. It is still a bloody big hill, which we’ve got to climb by tomorrow morning. It’s fair to say Mount Everest has become Ben Nevis. However, because of the work we have done this afternoon, and some very generous offers of help from our caring parents, we are on our way.

Posted by sean on 27/11/2017 at 5:52 pm in Insects, Moving House with No Comments


As of today, Claire and I are officially homeowners. We are on the property ladder and all grown-up! Well, the grown-up bit is up for debate.

This has been a few months in the making, but I was reluctant to blog or tweet anything, until it was confirmed and we had the keys in our hands. Making any announcement anytime sooner would be tempting fate.

We are not moving far. Not only are we staying in the same area of Bath, but we will be living on the same street! Just a couple of hundred yards up the road. We love the area where we live and it is very close to where both of us work. We also knew that we couldn’t rent forever – we were at the mercy of the landlord, who could evict or put our rent up, without us being able to do anything about it. Not anymore! No more getting permission to hang a picture on the living room. If we want to drill a massive hole in the wall, we can.

There has been loads to sort out with the house. I must have spent hours on the phone to and emailing mortgage brokers, solicitors and insurance companies. That’s all before moving in. Now it’s a case of getting a locksmith to fit new locks, getting a plumber to install a dishwasher *, calling the energy supplier to give our readings and obtain a Smart Meter, getting Sky installed **… the list goes on!

* Yes, a dishwasher. We are finally getting a dishwasher. Since I left home in 2006, I have always had to wash by hand. I hate it. I would rather clean the toilets, after someone had explosive diarrhea.

** We need to get our Sky TV and internet ASAP. I was devastated to learn that we will be without internet for almost two weeks. No Sky+ for almost three! These utilities are up there with air! Never mind if we’ve got no running water – we need our television and internet access. Pray for us and send the Red Cross round.

I will try and take some photos to upload soon. At the moment, the house is looking very empty as we are yet to move in. The big removal day is Thursday. We have someone to pack our stuff and take it up the road for us – a man with a van; or more likely men with ven.

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