It's been almost five months since I last blogged and in that time I have slain an albatross and moved cities.
Back in July our landlord of twelve years announced that they were putting the rent up to bring it in line with the local going rate. Although it was annoyingly untimely, as we had just saved up enough money to do our Rescue Diver Course with Dive Wimbledon, it was something that we had anticipated happening for quite some time.
In all the years we'd only ever had one rent hike and that was back in 2006, so I guess one could argue that it was long overdue. However after fourteen years of slogging away just to pay the rent and bills in London, Mark and I decided that enough was enough, it was time to go. I felt surprisingly ready for it and Mark felt more than ready to move on.
Anyone who is familiar with my blog offerings will know that we had our work cut out with the move.
Years and years of religiously attending car boot sales and scouring charity shops for treasure and then squirreling it all away, cramming and jamming stuff into every available nook and cranny in our abode.
Shifting the trash and packing treasure (not to mention deciding which was which) was a task of epic proportions. We worked like mean machines for three months to get it all done.
Six weekends of hardcore selling at the Princess May car boot sale, several motherloads of clobber, books and bits on eBay, two council collections of bulky goods, umpteen trips to the local charity shops with donations and equally as many trips to the clothing & textile recycling bank.
We got rid of heaps of stuff and I feel tremendously happy about that :)
The move took place over three weekends, we hired a big van, drove up to Glasgow overnight, off loaded the gear into storage and back down again.
We left the flat in Finsbury Park for the last time on the 18th of October, then we stayed with a wonderful friend here in Glasgow until we found our new gaff.
We are slowly getting settled in, reconnecting with old friends and finding new stomping grounds for ourselves.
2013 was a year of change and challenges for us, 2014 will be a year of building a solid foundation and making a new life here in Scotland, I'm looking forward to it.
....and I will be a certified rescue diver before this year is over!!!
Now for a massive medley of pics, some of my memorable moments, people and places of 2013 :)
|The year was brought in with a bang on Koh Lanta in Thailand before we headed off to beautiful Langkawi in Malaysia for a week.|
|Langkawi - January 2013|
|Langkawi - January 2013|
|It was fab to have snow in London :)|
|Lilo the beautiful little Canada Goose that we became very attached to.|
|The park became our second home last year. Every day we would go up to the pond (aka Finsbury Park boating lake) and feed our feathered friends.|
|Seed in the winter and fresh grass in the summer.|
|It was lovely to see the little babies grow :)|
|We met so many lovely people through doing the markets last year. Leslie was incredibly supportive and made my transition from on-line to face-to-face sales a delight. She's a true inspiration!|
|I miss not being able to take part in The Dandy Lion Market, so many fab & talented creative folk. If you happen to be in London on Saturday the 11th this month there's a DLM Vintage & Rummage Sale on for you to go to, fabulous!|
|More pics from the Dandy and two from the car booting marathon we did in the run up to the big move.|
|I met Sam from Tangled Wigs at one of the Dandies and when she asked if I wanted to rock up with a rail at a Wig Wednesday event that she was organizing I didn't hesitate a second. The proceeds went to the brilliant CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity.|
|Here's some other fabulous and talented folk that I met this year. Michael Palmer of Super Full Moon, Faith Taylor who I did a wee photo session with and Leslie's lovely son Erik Rutterford.|
|Mike invited Leslie & I to set up a wee vintage market at his fabulous Mini Festival at The Finsbury. Unfortunately I only got to do one of them before I had to divert all my efforts to organizing the move.|
|More fabby peeps that I had the pleasure to meet in 2013...Samantha from Tangled Wigs, Natasha, Camilla from Mind The Book and the very lovely Sara from Hello The Mushroom. Sara came to our first ever outing at CBML and bought this redilicious ra-ra frock :)|
|I feel so blessed that our last year in London was a thoroughly awesome one, talk about ending on a high note.|
In June we went to Sue's 60th, which was the best party night of the year by far. Sue and Mark are truly lovely people.
|The delightful Joellen of Joyatri's Adventures In Vintage hooked up with me a few times when she was over in London and we did some fun stuff together :)|
|Easter was spent in a very freezing Edinburgh. My sister popped over from Sweden and we had a few lovely days together. Mark bought a trusty new two-wheeled steed, beats a chocolate egg any day.|
|In June I had a reunion. A dear friend of mine from my school days came and stayed for a long weekend. Lots of wine, reminiscing and laughter. I hope we can arrange another meet-up this year. Zandra's husband is one of Sweden's most highly rated tattooists and they own a studio called Heavenly Ink and my husband is gagging for more ink.|
|End of April saw another trip up to Scotland for mum's 70th and we took the opportunity to sneak in a couple of photo sessions while we were there.|
|More wine (or in my case Fraoch), reminiscing and laughter.|
|Staple diet: lots of raw stuff, marks home-made bean dips, fruit and the odd bit of pasta or cooked veggies.|
We ate like vegetarian kings so we did!
|Also in July more parky malarkey with Marky, a days diving at Wraysbury, we went to see two of my former workmates act in a play at the Southwark Playhouse.|
|I really miss my pigeon friends.|
|In the midst of moving, that mountain of books behind me all went to charity shops...that was a back breaking few days I can tell you!|
|Bye, Bye London...Hello Glasgow!|
|Mark is not so much an emigrant as a returning lost son of the old country and just in time for this years Scottish Independence Referendum...lets toast that with a skinful of Bucky.|
|The lovely Antonia that so very kindly put us up for our first three weeks in Glasvegas. Here we are enjoying her friends belly-dancing show at a Egyptian restaurant on Halloween. A wee pic of our new house, complete with kitschy roaring faux-fire :)|
|I chummed Antonia to her hometown of Dumfries to see her mother and friends do some choral singing, they were brilliant.|
|A couple of weeks later we went back down to the borders to fetch Mark's mother after her stay at Kagyu Samye Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Centre.|
|We hooked up with Dave and Allen that we used to be in a band with last time we lived in Glasgow back in 2000...much beer and a wee living room jam at Al's house. Will hopefully do more of that this year :)|
That was our 2013, a bonkers, busy & brilliant year, can't wait to see how 2014 unfolds.
We are planning to get back in the saddle with the markets this month and hopefully hook up with a diving club here in Glasgow too. I can't wait to get back into the water and try out my new Scubapro dry suit that Mark got for my Christmas.
I'll endevour to blog a wee bit more often from now on. Mark and I are planning to do some more Frocktasia photo-sessions set in the surrounding woodlands but we're just waiting for a day without blustery gale force winds or stabbing dagger rain.
If you've made it this far, well done you :)
I will love you and leave you with a wee link to a flickr set that I made of all my 2013 get-ups.
I think I did alright until July and then it just spiraled downwards into a pit of "not pic worthy" outfits, as I spent a good few months sorting and packing away in comfy cut-offs and scraggly tops.
Hope you are all well and happy.
I wish you all the best for 2014.
I wish you all the best for 2014.
Loads of love,