Well, you all know the saying about fitting a quart into a pint pot - here it feels like a gallon is trying to be squeezed in - dozens of boxes of books and "stuff", quite a bit of which is being jettisoned into boxes market Car Boot, to go into storage. We had SO much room at Ynyswen, and although this is still quite a roomy house at things go (a tad under 2,000 square feet) but with more limited storage, and although there is a BIG dry attic, it is up a very steep flight of stairs - "Sheffield Stairs" Tam calls them, from her years in Sheffield where so many houses were shoe-horned into steep hillsides and the stairs are almost like ladders! Anyway, we will get straight sooner or later and I will just have minimal china on display in future. I have hardened my heart - although it took this move to make me realize that I have so many pieces just through habit.Library - with the bedhead which didn't fit up the stairs! It has gone back to live with the folk at our old house, who were happy to buy it.
I will go through my books again too - most of the archaeology books will go - I'll concentrate on my Pictish/Insular Art ones and some Celtic books. There will be further culls of my cookery and countryside books, and even my literary biographies - have SO much on Thomas Hardy, and the ones I have read I am unlikely to read fully again.
Kitchen in chaos!
Knowing which box holds something we actually NEED is a right PITA, but we will gradually get there. I am spending time unpacking in the kitchen (all morning today) and then this afternoon I will crack on with the books. We're trying not to think about the Pink Bedroom and Guest Bedroom contents.
Living room with chairs and tv!
Anyway, everything is here now so we just need to get it sorted. Priorities have been established too!
Just a few photos of the house interior at the weekend - when we just had the bare minimum delivered last Friday. There will be more as we get straight in each room.