Well for us it would only ever be for a huge life adventure. After the huge upheaval of our last move (from Thornfield Road to Parsonage Road) I swore I would never leave ‘the most beautiful house in the world’ unless it was in a box. It turns out I was right. However, I had not considered the kind of giant box that comes with wheels attached, known as a […]

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So we postponed the preparations to enjoy Christmas and New Year. I think everyone realised this would be the last Christmas in this country that they might share with us, so the result brought us the best Christmas ever. Throughout the mental adjustment required by the impending adventure and the HUGE pack-up exercise we were irresistibly drawn to talking about and viewing photos and videos of the new life. January […]

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Friday 6th December 2013 Up at 5am, plane at 8, Athens airport car hire collection, remote support on my laptop in the car park before the giant 5 ½ hour expedition across the mainland. Half of it in the dark, more than 30 euros in tolls (especially that big suspension bridge across the water from Rio to Anirrio). The geo-location on Tripadvisor of the hotel we have booked didn’t match […]

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A hundred moons ago, about the time Karen and I got together, I took delivery of the world’s most incredible car. I chose to avoid the ‘sport’ shape and I also chose the ‘de-badge’ option (a strange phrase meaning that BMW doesn’t fit the model number on the boot – making it sound like they’re doing something special for you, when in fact they’re omitting to do something). I felt […]

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This is a great party house. When Karen & I got married, we walked to the church at the end of the road and held our reception in a marquee in the garden. Zoran from Pokusevski’s deli and his staff organised all the food and a local pub landlord created a real ale bar in the garden. Live music and fire juggling added to the entertainments. So, I’m 50 in […]

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First things first. We must put the house on the market. All the local estate agents are invited round to explain why they might offer a better service than another agent 100 yards away and a week (and a long discussion on a business train trip to London) later, our favourite is selected. It’s wonderful how excited they are about selling such a glorious house, and several further coincidences later […]

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So, here’s where we’re at… Karen & I got together later in life – at around the grand old age of 500 moons or so (our early 40′s in sun-cycle units) – both of us finally arriving at the place we realised we should always have been, but had long written off the possibility as a fairy-tale that doesn’t happen in real life. We then set about the task of […]

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