Saturday, 30 April 2016

Moving day

As I was woken up by the gulls this morning (slightly better than crows), I all of a sudden realised that I hadn't finished packing all the kitchen stuff. The thing is though: I have run out of maps and Christmas wrapping paper! It will get done though. 

I dreamt of the new address this morning as well. A nice mock tudor mews home with lots of small and very strange rooms. Probably as a result of the text message I got in the early hours of the morning where I got the address. Not that I knew of that, but subconsciously and all...

Other than that I feel sad. I felt like tears last night as well. It's hard to leave a home where you were so happy. Anyway, last little leads (literally translated from Dutch, so it won't mean anything to anybody else) and then I am away. On to a new part of my life. 

Friday, 29 April 2016

The mess!

Just a few quick photos to show you I have not been idle these past few days...

The little wheelie bin (without wheels actually, they broke off during the last move) holds a lot of blankets.

Some work yet to be done, especially the green crate.

Who needs boxes when you can use binbags?

It's a bit of a job to get to the window in my bedroom!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The list

I made a list on Tuesday night. A list of all the jobs I had/have to do before moving day on Saturday. But even if the list is long and I do occasionally cross things off, it seems as if I am adding more than I cross off. This morning however, a colleague came over to help me and managed to do all those niggly little things that just take time, like taking screws out and getting stuff out of the basement.

In the mean time the boxes are everywhere! And I mean everywhere!! Driving me nuts, but also giving me satisfaction. The colleague who came to help has now gone to get some low crates I can use for food and probably crockery. Which would be good, since I don't think I have enough boxes, what with having bought a few things since the big Move three and a half years ago. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Congratulations King Willem Alexander!


But of course, much more importantly: CONGRATULATIONS MISS OSWIN! 

Since I will be quite busy over the next few days, we won't be able to celebrate it in a big way, but I promise that we will as soon as we get our own place. 

In honour of the King though: the little hat I was due to wear today, but now am not since I am afraid it might get ruined.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Homeless

When I first got my job as a busdriver in Norway, I needed to find a place to live. But how to find a place all the way from the Netherlands? Now I had some very resourceful colleagues who came up with a great idea: buy a parking ticket to a covered car park and put all my stuff there. Sofa, fridge, tv, the lot. I could live there until I found a better place. 

Fortunately I had a soon to be colleague who found an apartment for me and I was spared having to camp out in a parking garage. 

Yesterday I found myself in a similar predicament: where was I going to live from May 1st onwards? One lovely commenter said that perhaps I would need to move into a bus. Well, stranger things have happened, but again, I was in luck.

This time I thought of it myself, since I know a handful of people now. I knew a colleague had bought a house a year ago and was at some point going to rent out the ground floor. Hoping he hadn't done that yet, I contacted him and well... I won't be homeless. 

It will only be temporary though. I won't be able to bring all my stuff most likely (I haven't seen the place yet) and it is in town, which is not good for either me or Miss Oswin. Basically because we both prefer the countryside!

So, the plan now? I move to that apartment and then when I have a spare minute I will take myself off to one of those places that will offer loans to first time buyers without money. And no, I am not talking about money sharks. Some Norwegian communities want more people to come and live there and are offering financial help to people in buying a home. The community I live in now doesn't do that, but there is at least one close by that does. 

The plan after having hopefully secured a loan is to find a place to live. Not too small, not too big, just right for me and Miss Oswin. Like the house in the photo. That would fit us perfectly!!!

Monday, 25 April 2016

The water saga, final chapter

Remember the water saga? The long running saga that seemed to be without end? Well, as of May 1st, there will be an end to that saga and I will have proper drinking water. Yahoo, I hear you yell from across the pond. 

Let me just recap in short: last year March they did a test on the water and found it to be polluted. I got a phone call from the owner saying I shouldn't drink the water without boiling it first and that they would have it fixed within three weeks. In April last year I asked them when the water would be fixed. The plumbers... During the summer I asked when the water would be fixed. The plumbers... In November I asked when the water would be fixed. The plumbers... When I then said I thought I paid too much rent, they said I could move out. But, a day later she arrived, apologized and phoned the plumber. The day after that she phoned me and said it would get fixed after Christmas. 

January came: nothing. February: nothing. March: nothing. I was getting fed up and (finally) got in touch with a lawyer to see what my options were. I had to have things in writing first, so I wrote them an email: when was the water going to be fixed. The plumbers... But a few days later she emailed me saying that the plumbers had finally done part of their job. Still no date though. I felt however that I was due some compensation for being without drinking water so long and wrote them an email claiming part of my rent back (with the help of the lawyer). 

That was yesterday. This morning I got her answer: be out before May 1st (and before you say anything: she can do that)! 

So, I will have proper drinking water. Now it is just a case of finding out where, since I have to pack up and move and find a new place in the space of four/five days. But I will have clean drinking water! Yahoo!!!!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Photo on Sunday 2016-15

No more car loan! Good feeling...

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Airbus

I work for a company that owns a lot of buses, it being a bus company and all. However, sometimes those buses need shifting. And when they are no longer 'drivable', yet need to be taken away, the heavies come in!

Last week several buses on our lot were to be taken to a scrap yard, because they were too old to be used in day to day service or had been too damaged due to a crash. And as I headed home one day I saw a bus flying. Yes, it was in mid-air! Very disconcerting. But after its flight, it was landed safely on the back of a deep-loader to be taken away.  

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Photo on Sunday 2016-14

A few days ago the Pole came over to look at my bedroom window. With a crowbar and some force he managed to get the window sort of in its place and closed. Yesterday he was back. This time with a large ladder. And now? The window is fixed again. I can open and close normally again. Result!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Hometruths

Did I ever happen to mention that I live in a small red wooden cottage in the Norwegian countryside? Well, just in case I didn't: I live in a small red wooden cottage in the Norwegian countryside. And I love it here. Great view, nice and quiet, nature and did I mention quiet already? 

The house is an old house and things go wrong with it. The water has been an issue for over a year now (working very hard to get it sorted, one way or another), but other things go wrong as well. Like the leakage a few weeks ago. Came from the ceiling. They had a Pole come and sort it out in no time. Roof tiles missing? The Pole or somebody else will come and fix it. Again in no time. Today I had to report another problem.

Now, I love sleeping with an open window. And when there is no (northern) wind, I can do so. The window is old and has seen a fair few winters I imagine. So, opening and closing can be quite difficult at times. What with the wood expanding and shrinking due to the temperatures outside. This morning however...

I couldn't close it at all and when I looked a bit closer, I found out that the glass pane was slowly falling out. All that banging and such had not done the window much good. Ah well, the Pole will come and sort it out hopefully. 

Now, people keep telling me I should move. Get another place somewhere, like an apartment. And I honestly have been thinking about it. And I have even been looking. Sort of. But there are a few criteria I want: quiet, not in town, affordable, not an apartment. But I think that in the end, the real truth of the matter is, that I love it here. Just love it. That is why I have only been looking half-heartedly.