Inevitably, I did not go to bed early last night.
Fortunately, Sarah did not wake as early this morning. That’s not to say we had a long lie in, but it was the right side of 9 when I finally dragged myself out of bed.
The morning started with more packing and cleaning, this time I vacuumed and mopped the house while Sarah sorted through the kitchen cupboards to see what was coming with us to my parents and what we needed to eat this week. Once this was decided, I loaded the food as well as the house plants into my car and drove them to my parent’s house.
My mum was out for a walk in the rain when I arrived (not intentionally in the rain, it had been dry when she left), but my dad was in, and he helped me carry the things into the house. The orangery is started to look like a botanical garden with my houseplants added to my parents not unsubstantial collection. Will need to keep on top of the watering over the summer as the Japanese peace lily in particular is rather temperamental.
Back home, and much of the packing for the day was done. During the week we will pack up our clothes and take them to the parents, before the removal people come to pack the rest of our belongings on Thursday and Friday.
The rest of the afternoon was taken up with a little time browsing online and watching a video, as well as reading. Although I have not yet finished Dune, I also started reading Normal People last night. With all the hype around the TV series, Sarah read the book over the last week, and I am going to read it before we watch the show together.
At least, that was the plan. It’s fair to say Sarah hated the book, and sixty-odd pages in I’m not enamoured either. The third-person, present tense I find particularly grating, while I know Sarah struggled to like any of the characters. I will persevere and we might still watch the show, but it is not seemingly likely at the moment.
Dinner this evening was chicken chasseur using up frozen veg, dumplings and giant Yorkshire puddings from the freezer. Stodgy? Yes. Delicious? Also yes.
This evening I am going to read a little more of Normal People, as well a write a little if I can. And then I will have an early night, promise*. Next week is only a two day working week for Sarah and me, but I am sure there will be plenty to keep us busy from Wednesday onwards with the move.
*Not a guarantee