Tag: moving

Gozo no go

For the last few months I’ve shared with others our plans (and excitement) of moving to Gozo. It’s a place we love and visit on holiday every year. The idea was to sell our house, move there for six months and then decide where to go after that.

Although we were all set to leave at half-term, it looks like it’s not going to be possible in the short-term. We’re still going to move house next week, but we’ll be staying and renting in the UK. To cut a long story short, various laws and audit practices meant I wouldn’t have been able to remain in my current role at Mozilla.

Many thanks to those who wished us well. It’s certainly taught me a thing or two about counting one’s chickens before they’re hatched.

Image CC BY Qfamily

The Big Move

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This weekend sees the Belshaw family up sticks and move to Northumberland. I’ve already started as Director of E-Learning at The Northumberland Church of England Academy, but it was Hannah’s last day at her school today and Ben’s last day at nursery. We’re moving out of what has been, to be honest, rural bliss.

I put together the above video in iMovie 2009. I love the easy-to-use Indiana Jones-style effects. A big improvement over the previous iteration… 😀

We’ve sold!

House soldWe actually sold our house last Monday (10th March) but it feels a lot more real today. Firstly, because I had to take the huge pile of forms you have to fill in, proof of ID and our 56-page HIP (Home Information Pack) to the solicitors today. Secondly, because when I returned home today I was greeted by the sign to the left.

Where are we moving to? Don’t know! We’re probably going to rent for a year to see how things go financially. We’d love to be in a situation where Hannah doesn’t have to work and we can afford a house with a big enough (enclosed) garden for Ben to mess about in. I’m also going to really miss my study in the converted attic unless we find something similar.

Overall, I’m very pleased with how the house-selling went. We’ll have made about a 20% profit when all’s said-and-done. We had an offer before we even had the house on the market and then in 5 weeks we had 6 couples visiting 9 times making an additional 3 offers. Perhaps it’s time for us to give up teaching to become property developers… 😉

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