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The big Tin Box move

The big Tin Box move

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Back in November I shared the exciting news that we are moving to Dartmouth in Devon from our long time home in Hampshire. Mr Tin Box is in the Royal Navy and we’ve decided to follow him to his next job.
During the past few weeks there has been a flurry of paperwork and calls to our property lawyer. Finally last week we exchanged contracts and set our moving date just before Christmas. Yep, we like a challenge.
The sad news is that it means the Tin Box household is not looking very festive. There are piles of belongings draped about the place waiting to be sorted through, but not a bauble in sight. 
That’s one of the reasons we have been going large with our Christmas outings this year. I’m pretty sure Tin Box Tot and Baby don’t feel they are missing out.

Tin Box Tot and Baby in Santa's Winter Walk at Keydell Nurseries
Tin Box Tot meeting Father Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

There’s a two week gap between the sale of our house and when we can move into the married quarters the Royal Navy have found for us in Dartmouth. In that time we’ll be house guests with my parents and spending Christmas Day with Mr TB’s folks.
In the next week I’ll be tackling a list of people we need to inform about our change of address and packing a few bags for us to take to stay with my parents.  

The majority of our stuff is being put into storage before we head down to Devon just before New Year. The plan is that we will be – mostly – set up in our new house so we can enjoy a glass of bubbly when Big Ben chimes in 2016.
I’m hoping to keep blogging as much as possible before Christmas but do intend to take a bit of a break to enjoy family time and reenergise before the New Year. Plus, there will be a period of time when we have no internet and I know 4G is pretty nonexistent with my current mobile network in Dartmouth.
Have you moved house over Christmas? How did it go?

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Franca Desjardins

Saturday 19th of December 2015

Oh so exciting Claire!! I do think it could be stressful but at least you will be ready for the new year in a new town!! I wish you all the luck in your new adventure!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS! I hope you join me again tomorrow for the last #KCACOLS of 2015!!! :-) xx


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Good luck with the move - our last one was over Christmas and so will our next be. The last time we got keys on the 23rd, had a few days off then moved on the 27th. By New Year's Eve we were unpacked enough to have a party (all despite being - secretly - 3 months pregnant). This time, we're a bit earlier and hoping to be mostly done by the 25th although our tree is a minimalist version so it'll travel. The bonus is lots of bank holidays and quieter at work rather than unpacking around the 9-5. And festive biscuit boxes as you unpack!

NewMummy Blogger

Sunday 13th of December 2015

Hope it all goes well! We moved in September and I wrote about it here... It might help you…-baby-top-tips/ #kcacols


Sunday 13th of December 2015

Just think, it may be stressful, but everyone says "New year, new me" - you can add "new house" to that! A proper fresh start, how lovely! #kcacols

tracey bowden

Sunday 13th of December 2015

I moved into my current home on December 5th! Whilst working full time and a single parent. On the 6th I started a new job, I had 2 until xmas as previous employer wouldn't let me leave. (don't do things by halves me) I managed to get organised somehow, throw a xmas party for my daughter and school friends and host christmas dinner for the family oh god I feel tired reading that now! Good luck with the move I'm sure everything will go great #KCACOLS

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