I remember the pleasure and excitement all those years ago when we moved into our first flat. Begging, borrowing and almost stealing the furniture needed to furnish it. 2nd hand this, 5th hand that.
16 properties later, both here and abroad, the excitement hasn’t diminished.


The difference now is there’s a bit more cash floating around and that most things can now be sourced flat packed.

The first of many deliveries arrived today that will be transported to the new pad in Portugal.

We are still excited at the prospect of setting up home again even though we have less teeth, have to sit down to put our socks on and need a refreshing cup of tea and a gingernut every 1/2 hour or so.

*Note to self – Remember to take glasses to facilitate reading the instructions + Valium to facilitate continued sanity having read the instructions*


  1. Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink


  2. Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    (Btw, FEWER teeth)

    daddyp replied:

    The full edit, my angle, is “fewer chewers” if we want to go down the route of the pedant.

  3. daddyp
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Will there be more ‘stuff’ arriving soon? I might need to clear some space.

  4. Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I only want to wish you two a merry, happy, lovely life in Portugal.

    If you see Lucy Pepper, tell her hola!

    daddyp replied:

    We have met Lucy. Not sure if she wants to see us again …. OF COURSE SHE DOES … we’re lovely!

  5. Posted July 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    So this is a permanent relocation, then? Or did I ask that already? I have just as many teeth as I did, and I can still stand to put on my socks, but apparently my memory is suffering from being used for over 6 decades.

    daddyp replied:

    Good grief no! Leave Blighty!!!?! 2 or 3 months a year to break up Winter which is what we’ve done for years. Just relocated from southern Portugal to mid-Portugal to be near family.

    healingmagichands replied:

    Sounds like the perfect life. England and Portugal… We spent a few days in Portugal on one of our trips and it seemed like the perfect place, especially along the coast.

    I really couldn’t see you leaving England permanently. but you never know what people are going to do.

    Sometimes I think about having more than one place, then I think about how much work it is to keep up this place. I can’t imagine adding another one to the list.

    daddyp replied:

    That’s the big advantage to the new place in that it’s a ‘lock-up-and-leave’. Routine maintenance should keep me off the streets and out of trouble!

  6. Posted July 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    As soon as you miss the rain, you’ll head back home, eh? 🙂

    daddyp replied:

    There’s often quite a lot of the wet stuff in Central Portugal … it’s warmer though … usually. The brandy’s cheap if all else fails.

  7. Posted August 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    something very cheery about a fresh start, and empty canvas! something less cheery about 10 hours into ikea instructions. i’ve wanted to stab that little round man with the hex wrench on more than one occasion! hope it goes well!

    daddyp replied:

    I’m very confident about the IKEA issue. I no longer worry about bits and pieces being left over and most other problems can be sorted out with duct tape, a hammer and a shot of vodka.

  8. Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I guess the duct tape is to tape up the thumb you’ll hammer after the vodka?

    daddyp replied:

    You can feel my pain … I like that … (spooky – can she read the future?)

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