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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
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    Tales from The Shire
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    • 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
    Tales from The Shire 19th Jul 17 at 10:11 AM
    Tales from the Shire


    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
    J R R Tolkein


    After many happy years in the Garden of England we have started a new adventure in The Shire. Although still reeling from the stress and upheaval of the house move, we can see the potential for a wonderful home and life here. It’s going to be amazing!

    There is much to do and, as with any great journey, company is much appreciated. So I hope my forum friends will join me on the road.

    A new chapter (and diary) has begun.


    Fortune x

    For those who are interested in how we got to be here, my previous diaries can be found at:

    Two Pennies Left - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4068401
    The New Adventures of Fortune - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5605109
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    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 22nd Jul 17, 8:46 AM
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    It is so lovely to think that after all the planning and waiting you are finally there. Brilliant. I wish you every happiness in The Shires
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    • theyoungone
    • By theyoungone 22nd Jul 17, 10:02 AM
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    New house new diary! Sounds like you are settling in well! ( Trips to the local always good for that! )
    Shall subscribe to keep up with your Shire adventures!
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 23rd Jul 17, 9:12 AM
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    You're sounding quite settled already, which is lovely to read Glad you managed to salvage the sign
    x
    Originally posted by greent
    It is feeling more like home now GreenT. Still a lot to do but it feels as though we've broken the back of it.

    It is so lovely to think that after all the planning and waiting you are finally there. Brilliant. I wish you every happiness in The Shires
    Originally posted by doingitanyway
    Thank you DIA. I can't quite believe we did it - and I wouldn't want to do it again

    New house new diary! Sounds like you are settling in well! ( Trips to the local always good for that! )
    Shall subscribe to keep up with your Shire adventures!
    Originally posted by theyoungone
    Hi there TheYoungOne. Thanks for joining me. Can't wait until we're straight and can go exploring.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 23rd Jul 17, 9:37 AM
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    New Friends
    Our Vendor and his wife invited us over for a BBQ last night. They are a lovely couple and have given us some great advice about the area. We took some beer and wine from stores and I made a pudding to contribute. The pudding was tasty but not very pretty as I'm still getting used to my new oven

    We're pacing ourselves with sorting things out now. The first week was exhausting and, now we can live relatively easily, we can give ourselves a break and slow down a little. Mr F did some drilling and fixing so a few more items are in their proper place and off the floor. I cleaned the utility area so the freezer is in place and ready for use. The new fridge should arrive this week - another necessary purchase as our old one was integrated and had to stay.

    Today I'm planning to continue sorting out the landing area. Mr F may not be happy though as I think the furniture is in the wrong place

    I've ordered a new post box. We don't have a letterbox and, although, there is a post box fixed to the fence, the last owner lost the keys and had to force the lock. The door is held in place with a piece of loose cardboard So not secure and the door swung open in the heavy rain and our letters got soaked.

    Our H£rm£$ courier is getting closer to the house. The last parcels were dumped over the fence and onto the drive. In the torrential rain The boxes got so wet they disintegrated Luckily the contents survived although we discovered that one of the boxes wasn't for us at all I contacted the supplier and they said to keep everything as compensation £50's worth I will list some things on FB and take the rest to charity.

    Have a great Sunday all

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 1.2% paid House Deposit Contribution: 80%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Busy Mee1
    • By Busy Mee1 23rd Jul 17, 5:58 PM
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    Congratulations on your move Fortune, it all sounds wonderful and great that you have already made new friends. Wishing you every happiness in your new home x
    • brizzledfw
    • By brizzledfw 23rd Jul 17, 6:33 PM
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    Sounds like a sensible gesture by My Hermes...they need to sort their couriers out tho!!

    Glad you're seeing light at the end of the tunnel x
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    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 23rd Jul 17, 7:07 PM
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    Glad you're getting sorted, and how lovely of your vendors to invite you over. You'll soon be straight. Nice that you can keep the stuff, you do wonder people's logic though, what did they think was going to happen in the rain ☔️
    • Orange Ena
    • By Orange Ena 23rd Jul 17, 10:24 PM
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    I was following your other diaries so I'm actually delurking now to say, welcome to Shropshire I've been here 18 years now, although I'm about to move back to my home county. I shall miss it here though, it is lovely. Happy exploring
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 24th Jul 17, 11:04 PM
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    Congratulations on your move Fortune, it all sounds wonderful and great that you have already made new friends. Wishing you every happiness in your new home x
    Originally posted by Busy Mee1
    Thanks Busy Mee. Everyone we've met here so far has been lovely.

    Sounds like a sensible gesture by My Hermes...they need to sort their couriers out tho!!

    Glad you're seeing light at the end of the tunnel x
    Originally posted by brizzledfw
    It was Lak£land Brizzle. Very generous of them.

    Glad you're getting sorted, and how lovely of your vendors to invite you over. You'll soon be straight. Nice that you can keep the stuff, you do wonder people's logic though, what did they think was going to happen in the rain ☔️
    Originally posted by PurpleFairy26
    Our courier hasn't been able to get to us on the scheduled delivery date for any of our parcels so far. I suspect they are taking on too much Purp.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 24th Jul 17, 11:06 PM
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    I was following your other diaries so I'm actually delurking now to say, welcome to Shropshire I've been here 18 years now, although I'm about to move back to my home county. I shall miss it here though, it is lovely. Happy exploring
    Originally posted by Orange Ena
    Hi Orange Ena. Lovely to hear from you. I can see why you love it. I think we will too.

    Fortune x
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    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 24th Jul 17, 11:18 PM
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    If I had a hammer...
    Mr F has been putting things up all day. He'll be back at work on Thursday so I thought I'd better put him to work before I lose my handyman

    Lots of things are now in the proper place and it's nice to see some pictures up on the walls. It makes such a difference.

    Another three boxes were emptied today. All containing alcohol

    I signed up for on-line banking with the mortgage company this morning and paid off the arrangement fee I'm very excited about being able to check the balance on line as I couldn't do this with our last lender.

    Had a wander around the vegetable garden and discovered lots of produce that needs eating up or freezing. Good job the freezer is now in place. It just needs a quick clean and turning on.

    I'm intending to tackle a guest bedroom tomorrow.

    Sleep tight all

    Fortune x
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    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 25th Jul 17, 12:14 AM
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    Hope you sleep well too.
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    • pinkypig
    • By pinkypig 25th Jul 17, 8:27 AM
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    Hi Fortune
    That sounds so exciting! The very best of luck on your journey
    PP x
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 25th Jul 17, 1:44 PM
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    Hi Fortune! Oh my word, congratulations on the move and congratulations on sorting out so much already - lovely about the house sign, and important about the mailbox, but the homeliness and your own touches *inside* the house sound absolutely brilliant.

    Always go with a nice glass of red
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 25th Jul 17, 7:43 PM
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    Hope you sleep well too.
    Originally posted by wishingthemortgaheaway
    Hi Wishing. We are sleeping very well thank you. I'm doing over 10,000 steps easily every day which is helping. The house is long and narrow so you have to walk a fair distance just to get from the living room to the kitchen It will all help to keep me fit.

    Hi Fortune
    That sounds so exciting! The very best of luck on your journey
    PP x
    Originally posted by pinkypig
    Welcome Pinky and thank you.

    Hi Fortune! Oh my word, congratulations on the move and congratulations on sorting out so much already - lovely about the house sign, and important about the mailbox, but the homeliness and your own touches *inside* the house sound absolutely brilliant.

    Always go with a nice glass of red
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    Yay Karma

    Can't believe we've been in the house a fortnight tomorrow. There still seems so much to do. It is feeling a little more homely now though.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 25th Jul 17, 7:57 PM
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    How much longer?
    One guest room cleaned and made up today

    For every box we unpack though there still seems to be another two or three to step into its place. We don't seem to be doing anything other than cleaning and unpacking but it doesn't look like much progress has been made. I'm hoping it's one of those situations where suddenly it will all come together

    The post box arrived today and Mr F put it up just in time for the post delivery He's off on his first business trip tomorrow from here. Not only will I lose his handyman skills, I'll be on my own overnight for the first time

    A few more necessary purchases have been made but we are still within budget.

    New fridge is being delivered tomorrow (another integrated appliance we couldn't bring with us). I've been using a portable camping fridge or running across to the one in the annex since we moved in. Tile Man is coming to quote for kitchen tile cleaning too.

    My chores for tomorrow are cleaning the fridge, freezer and downstairs loo. Life in The Shire is all glamour so far

    Fortune x
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    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 25th Jul 17, 9:46 PM
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    My chores for tomorrow are cleaning the fridge, freezer and downstairs loo. Life in The Shire is all glamour so far

    Fortune x
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    *pops knitted mitts and rubber gloves in the post to Fortune*



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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 27th Jul 17, 11:28 AM
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    *pops knitted mitts and rubber gloves in the post to Fortune*



    Greying X
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    I'm going through rubber gloves at a rate of knots Greying

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 27th Jul 17, 11:54 AM
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    I aint afraid of no ghost
    I survived the night No intruders and no ghosts

    The beautiful fridge arrived yesterday. I love it. Much roomier than my last one and really efficient.

    Tile Man came and cleaned up a couple of tiles so that I could see the effect. What a difference! The floor really is disgusting. It's the grout that's the problem. It's a dark brown colour and it's supposed to be white I had cleaned a bit previously to see whether I could do it myself and save some money. However, it took a very long time and I couldn't get the grout as clean as Tile Man could. He's going to seal the grout too so, although it's going to be a bit pricey, I think it's worth the investment. The budget is still holding so I'm going to go for it.

    I cleaned the camping fridge so that it can be put away but didn't do the freezer as I don't need it just yet. The downstairs loo got put on hold too as I ran out of cleaning products It's on the list for today though as T£$co have just delivered and replenished the stocks. I think about 50% of my order this week was cleaning products I unpacked a few more boxes instead so some progress was made.

    Today's purchases include a replacement stand for our small TV so that I can have that in the bedroom. I usually watch a little in bed when Mr F's away and set in on sleep timer so it switches itself off after I've nodded off. I find it a comfort when I'm on my own and I missed it last night. We had it wall mounted in the last house and the stand it came with is lost in the mists of time.

    I also ordered some fake wasps nests to keep the wasps from scraping our wooden window frames to make their nests You can hear the little rasping noises they make from inside the house and they'll ruin them eventually. I've read that fake nests will deter them and at £3.49 for two I thought it worth a try.

    Right. The downstairs loo is calling and there's a pile of ironing planned for this afternoon.

    Have a great day

    Fortune x
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 28th Jul 17, 2:58 PM
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    Amazing how effective deep cleaning can be. Glad tiles came up so well
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