Well, I phoned the garage this morning. No hope to get our car back today. But it should be ready tomorrow by 5PM. In the meantime, a couple from the church has lent us their car until, so we can move again. Continue to pray we’ll get it back in time.
We have now moved to France and are in the process of sorting things out. We will try to be connected as soon as possible and will be in touch when this happens. In the meantime, I will try to pop into Macdonald’s from time to time to keep you updated. They have free wifi, and cheap coffee there.
Today was our last Sunday at the Heath Evangelical Church. It is a bit sad to leave all our good friends behind, and we really felt the love of the people today as they came to say goodbye. We will the fellowship. But we will be in touch, and it will remain our church, as Heath Evangelical Church is our sending church.
We had a blessed day, and were invited out for lunch.
Tomorrow, the lorry is coming at 8 am, and a goood number of people have told us they were coming to help. So hopefully, the lorry will be on its way before the end of the morning, and the cleaning will be quickly done. Our ferry is at 8.30 pm in Portsmouth, so we have plenty of time before leaving.
Everyone who has moved recently will remember that moving is not just about packing up and putting things in a lorry. It is also about administration. There are lots of things to remember: Electricity company, Internet, Phone, Gas, HMRC for the benefits, Bank… On the other side, we must also set up everything on the other side. The fact that we are moving abroad makes things more challenging.
It has at times been frustrating. When I tried to sort out insurance for example. Each time I tried to have a quote on the web, I could get to a certain point, and got stuck because they wated also my present address and phone number. These being british, of course the site didn’t accept them. Then, when I tried to phone, most numbers were special numbers which I couldn’t call from abroad. And when I could get through, I was welcomed by a machine.
I did get to speak to a couple of people, but either the system had crashed, or the advisers were too busy. So at the end, I got a quote from someone based in Guingamp, the representative of AXA, and I went for them because they were the first human beings I got to speak to, no machine, and I got a quote pretty quickly.
Same to sort out the electricity, it took me ages to find a nuber I could phone from abroad. Internet could take time to sort out as I don’t have the phone number of the previous tenant.
But to be honest it hasn’t been as bad as I expected. Most things have gone smoothly. There are still more things to do, but we’ll get there. I am expecting some problems nce we arrive, as France is renown for its bureaucracy. But it’s ok, we’ll manage.
We worked hard last week and got a lot of packing done. The pile of boxes is slowly growing. It meant we were able to have a quiet Sunday. We had a walk to Llandaff Cathedral in the sunshine.
Today, more packing. We hope to have almost everything pzcked in the coming days so that we can relax at the end of the week and see friends.