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Posted: Friday 14 May, 2010

by Rosemary at 7:52pm in Anything goes No comments Add your own

Well, we're finally here. We got the keys today - there was a minor glitch when our mortgage money disappeared into the financial ether rather than into our solicitor's bank account - but we're in! And it's wonderful!

Dalmore aerial photo

The house isn't as bad as we thought and it's bigger than we thought, now that it's empty. The previous owner had lots of stuff. I mean lots.

Dan's folks, John and Linda - I will refer to them as such now! - had their caravan on site and the kettle boiling immediately. It's great having them here. The weather is spectacularly good - sunny and warm, with a wee bit of a breeze. The Army are here too, but I suspect we'll not notice them soon.

The previous owner is still pottering about and still has stuff in one of the outhouses. It's a wee bit awkward, but the remaining stuff is going on Tuesday so we're prepared to cut a bit of slack.

We've started on the west range, which has the garage / workshop, looseboxes, byre and cart shed, clearing out the remaining rubbish. There's stuff all over the place so the plan is to bring it all to the barn - skipping what's rubbish and putting all the same stuff together, so we can see what we've got. There are dozens of bread baskets, drinks bottle crates, galvanised buckets, old metal dustbins and piles of timber.

Dan's brother, Mark, his wife Mo and the boys, Ben and Lewis are coming over later for a "wee swally" then we'll be having an early night in our new home - on the inflatable mattress!

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