Well, it’s over a month since I wrote anything here, so I figured it was time to share some thoughts and happenings. We were in the UK for just over 2 weeks in August catching up with Pamela’s family. Then the week we arrived back in Elliot Lake we moved house, so there’s been little time to stop and write here.
The holiday was great and came at a time when we really needed it. Pamela’s mum hasn’t been too well these past few years so it was important for us to spend some time with her. It was great, too, catching up with one of Pamela’s sisters and her two brothers, as well as other members of her extended family. Our kids had fun meeting family members they were either too young to remember or hadn’t met before. We also managed to get out and see some of the sights of London and Kent (check my flickr account at the right for some of the pictures).
Another highlight for me was to spend a day in Oxted with Johnny Laird, a friend of min whom I had never had the chance to meet in person before. He’s a great guy and, if you don’t already you should follow him on Twitter (@JohnnyLaird) or check out his site here.
Johnny Laird and some other guy
Once we got back we only had a few days to finish off packing and move into a different house in town. For the last nine years we have lived in a house with mold problems. Due to the nature of our work and the system we serve under, it took that long for someone to take the problem seriously enough. The less I say about that the better now for all concerned, but suffice to say, it wasn’t by our choice that we lived in that house for so long.
There were a few problems with unfinished contract work prior to moving in, but it eventually got done, which was good because my parents arrived last week for their annual visit. So we’re enjoying getting to spend time with them just now, especially the kids who enjoy being spoiled by their grandparents.
We still have a few boxes to unpack, but the place is feeling more like home now and it’s been a good move. The back yard needs a bit of work, but we’ll do what we can for this year and concentrate more on getting it where we’d like to be next year. It’s a quieter neighbourhood and I think that we’ll be able to enjoy down-time there more than our previous digs.
Our new digs
Anyway, I’m supposed to be working on an essay today that is due tomorrow, so that’s all for now. Hopefully I won’t leave it so long next time, but I’m not making any promises!