Where and what revealed

Oops!  It’s taking a little longer than I anticipated to get back into the rhythm of posting again.  But here I am, better late than never.

My story will take a little while, so sit yourself down with a cuppa (or indeed a glass of something stronger) and I’ll tell all about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  Are you ready?  Ok, here we go.

Ma Kettle has been contemplating for a little while now a move into a retirement village.  The house she and Pa lived in for 27 years was proving too big, and the garden, once her pride and joy, just a little too large to look after.  Having explored several villages in her town, she decided on the one that she liked and it was just a matter of waiting for a home to become available.  At the beginning of January a call came, but this house proved to be too dark and with a strange layout, so we rejected that one.  Then in February Ma was notified that a home was to come onto the market shortly and would she like first viewing?  I jumped a train and went up to look at it with her and we both left feeling that this was “the one”.  You know, that feeling of contentment and being able see yourself in it, to make it your own and settle happily there.  (Stunning trees nearby)Thankfully Ma’s youngest brother went up the next day and, bless him, took on the task of negotiating the purchase, then organising the sale of Ma’s house.  And would you believe Ma bought her new home and sold the old one after the first Open For Inspection – all within 11 days!  (Check the size of these leaves!)The whirlwind continued with Ma starting to sort out cupboards and drawers, and as you know, I was up there at Easter when I started the sorting and packing, organising for removalists, and achieved quite a lot.

However, there was more to do, so that’s where I headed a couple of weeks ago, and for five days finished off the sorting and packing, had half a dozen trips to the op shop, sorted mail and connections, and moved us into a motel for four nights (settlement dates went a little askew – don’t ask!)It was then Moving Out Day and I left an exhausted Ma at the motel while I supervised the young lads who came to pick up Ma’s goods and chattels.  Not that they needed any supervising as they were very efficient and charming lads.  Next came the cleaner and the Salvo’s to pick up the white goods and beds, as we decided Ma needed new ones of these.  It all went very smoothly, thankfully.After everyone else had left I walked around Ma and Pa’s first ever home they owned , seeing the rooms bathed in sunlight and feeling the love and peace of the house; even one of the removal lads had commented that the house had a really nice feel.  Needless to say, I left there in tears after locking up for the last time.We had the next day free, and Ma and I spent the day at Lake Weerona in nearby Bendigo, relaxing, reading, dozing and walking.  (We needed to escape the motel room which we named The Dungeon as it was very dark and depressing;  too tired to do anything about it and we knew we would only be there to sleep).Then it was Moving In Day.  LittleBigBrother came up on the train, and our cousin L and his wife W who were visiting nearby came to help.  Settlement went through, the key was collected, the removalists arrived with the goods and chattels and moving in commenced.  It was lovely to catch up with the cousins and much laughter accompanied the unpacking.  LittleBigBrother stayed the night at the new home and Ma and I went back to The Dungeon for one final night.Next day Ma’s new fridge and washing machine arrived and we finished unpacking all but four boxes; we need to get Ma a desk and a narrow bookcase to unpack the last of the boxes.  And Ma had her first night in her new home.So now Ma is settling in nicely to her lovely home.  She has Pa’s chair by the window where sunlight comes in, and she can see out to the village.  This was one of the first things to come off the truck and LittleBigBrother sat her in it on Moving In Day and said “don’t move, we’ll sort it”!  (And I bought the roses to welcome Mum to her home)and she has her new bed (thanks Jan K!) and a quilt I made some years ago for Ma fits perfectly on it.So there you have it.  There are still some things to be done; some little bits and some bigger bits, but we’re slowly getting there for her.  Already Ma has met her immediate neighbours, and she knows the couple across the road, and five others already living in the village, so she won’t be short of company.  And I feel very comforted that she has company, easy access to shops and the library, and a lovely, lovely home.

Meredithe x

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22 Responses to Where and what revealed

  1. Gai Haines says:

    All my best wishes to Ma in her new home.

  2. Mirjam Hesseling says:

    WoW, what a beautiful quilt on your Ma’s bed!

  3. Carole Minihan says:

    A beautiful blog Meredithe although tears i cried on reading the leaving not only a home but a loved one you remember in those surroundings, i wish Ma Kettle many happy years in her new home and peace for you knowing she is safe

  4. Liz says:

    You are so lucky to have your Mum. She is very special.

  5. Sue Whitburn says:

    I’m so glad it all went relatively smoothly and Ma is settled in- what an emotional time for everyone though- I bet you were exhausted- no wonder you have a few bugs attacking you! Hope you feel well and re energized soon xxx

  6. treadlemusic says:

    Tears here, too. Such ‘rights of passage’ are truly bitter sweet. Bless you all for your loving help in her transition and the “workings” of the sale/purchase was absolutely a miracle gift!!! Your quilt is so beautiful and perfect for her new bed….wonderfully tranquil. Blessings and well wishes to your mum as she begins this life chapter…………with hugs always………..

  7. Beautiful scenery! I bet she will be very happy in her new home. Downsizing is good! Pretty quilt on her new bed!

  8. Karen says:

    moving a parent can be so hard, but it just gets to be too much sometimes to take care of the larger family home and the huge garden that some have. Hope she will be happy in her new home.

  9. You are so kind to be so much help:) I hope your Mom has many happy days in her new home.

  10. Cécile says:

    All my best wishes to your dear Mom Meredithe ! I sincerely hope she’s going well in her new home and new neighbours…. She is very brave to move a new house… Is she far from your home ?

  11. Carrolyn v says:

    A job well done, Meredith! Such a lovely new beginning for both of you….and just before winter really begins! You have earned your wings….and halo!

  12. Pat says:

    I have just been through the same thing with my Mother. All the best to your Mum for a wonderful next stage of her life. You can relax as well knowing that she is in a “good place”.

  13. Judy says:

    A very tearful read but the new home for Mom sounds wonderful. You must be exhausted, stay well, get some rest. So happy to have you back.

  14. frayedattheedge says:

    I’m in tears, but some of them are tears of joy for Ma getting settled into the next chapter of her life. My Dad lived in the same house for over 80 years, so it was very upsetting when it was sold after his death ……. but a young couple bought it, so it was good to know that it would be filled with love and laughter!
    Give Ma big hugs from me …… and you can have one too!!
    Love, Anne xoxo

  15. I’m so glad to hear it went well. There’s so much upheaval involved, but I’m sure having so much cheerful and loving help will have got Ma’s New Chapter off to the best possible start!

  16. Linda says:

    So happy things all went well. I too helped my mum, it’s an emotional move, leaving the family home after so many years. The new village sounds lovely, and with friends close by.

  17. Linda says:

    How lovely that your Mum is safely settled in a Retirement Village house that she has chosen and loves. You and your family have done so well enabling her to make this very big move. She sounds such a lovely sensible lady. Best wishes to her for the future.

  18. Kyle says:

    What a blessing that all of you were able to help your mom move into her new home. Those changes can be challenging and so emotional. Glad it seemed to have gone pretty smoothly.

  19. glendajean says:

    This is such a difficult time in ones life down sizing is very difficult, but how lovely that your Ma found a place she liked so quickly and you were there to help her make the move much easier than it would have been for her. Now you can relax and know she is happy. Cheers Glenda

  20. After all my many many moves I certainly appreciate the amount of work involved. I’m sure that very soon the day will come when Ma will be sitting having a cuppa and look around and say she wished she had done it sooner. That’s when you know she is really happily settled in

  21. lyn lindsay says:

    Lovely moving story, so glad your Ma is settled all snug and happy with all the change and all the transactions that take place in a move, you must be happy to have been involved and able to settle Mum in sounds like a lot of family involvement which makes such a move easier, Lyn

  22. Jenny M says:

    Big adjustments all around….wishing your Mum lovely times ahead in her new home.

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