Monday, 9 March 2015

On the Move

"Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement. The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!" [Kenneth Grahame 'The Wind in the Willows']

the cathedral city of Norwich, Norfolk

We are repairing to Norwich to take possession of our new house! As a result we shall be unable to post, comment or reply to comments over the next two to three weeks. We shall much look forward to returning and catching up with everyone towards the end of the month.

84 comments:

  1. O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! Off on the open road you both go!
    Hope everything lives up to your expectations and more.
    Look forward to seeing your new abode and hearing all about it on your return.
    Happy travels Jane and Lance.

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  2. Very exciting time for you both. Enjoy, have fun with best wishes....Regards, Margaret..

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  3. Congratulations! I hope everything goes smoothly.

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  4. Enjoy the trip, I hope all goes well and that there won't be many bumps in the journey... I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your new place when you are settled xox

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  5. Can't wait to see photos, have a wonderful time.

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  6. I thought you were joking when you said that you and Rachel were to be neighbours.

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  7. Wonderful news Jane and Lance. Enjoy the journey and the excitement of the new house. I look forward to hearing of your Norwich travels.

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  8. Norwich is fab, both historically and architecturally!

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  9. So exciting! Have a good trip and I do hope the new house is everything you wish it to be. Don't forget to put that bottle in the stone urn..

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  10. Hello Jane and Lance, An exciting development, off to get started on your new English house, a blank canvas for all your schemes, both decorative and as a background for a new series of adventures living in Norwich.
    --Jim

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  11. So excited for you :-) Good luck with the move and look forward to hearing all about it when you are settled, dee :-)

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  12. oooooooooooh! so your next post will be all about your new house/surroundings! how exciting (and incredibly stressful) for you!

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  13. Best wishes for going to Norwich - lovely city. I get the impression that you have moved around quite a lot, so you are probably used to relocating.

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  14. A new place and a new adventure! Good luck and have a wonderful time with the move!

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  15. how exciting! I hope that, like myself, you will love everything that Norwich has to offer - looking forward to sharing some favourite haunts with you.

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  16. Darlings J & L,
    I already feel a sense of loss and eagerly await your return with fresh perspectives on new horizons

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  17. Wonderfully exciting! Celebrate in style and thoroughly enjoy all the new challenges and opportunities.

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  18. Can't wait to hear when your back what's been going on!!

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  19. Well, now I can't get rid of the mental image of you two in goggles, dusters and caps chugging across England...

    I wish you a smooth transition and many more joyful discoveries.

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  20. New adventures for us, too. I know the interior living renovation will be as fun to watch as the garden.

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  21. Good luck with your new house, dear Jane and Lance - "travel, change, interest excitement" indeed! Looking forward to hearing all about it as soon as it's possible. Sending love. xxx

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  22. How exciting!! I hope everything goes smoothly and that your 'unseen' house is all you hope it to be. I can't wait to hear and see all about the house, garden and your adventures.

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  23. How exciting! Good luck with the move and please do report in and show us your new neighborhood and home after you've settled in!

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  24. Hope you LOVE the house Jane and Lance …… and hope that we will see photographs of it soon !! XXXX

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  25. How exciting, indeed! Looking forward to hearing all about it. Wishing you all the best and much happiness in your new home!

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  26. How exciting! Best wishes to you!

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  27. Good luck,looking forward to seeing your new home and surrounding area. Diane

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  28. You should hook up with my friends at "Perking the Pansies" who have decamped from Bodrum to Norwich.

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  29. This is exciting!! I am very much looking forward to seeing the first pictures of your new place, now that you are actually going to BE there.

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  30. We'll enjoy reconnecting and seeing what's new in your world — quite a lot I imagine!

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  31. Lance and Jane......ill be right behind you with a busy schedule and trip. Take good care and safe travels to you.

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  32. Safe travels to you! I'm very excited for this new adventure of yours and I look forward to your return, and your update. Take care.xo

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  33. That's the view from my office. I am always in the Forum at midday. I am the one in the hat; if you want to approach me please feel free. I avoid the screaming babies and generally sit on the edge of proceedings.

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  34. As it says itself on all the road signs ' Norwich, a fine city' and I hope it will prove to be just that for you.
    And what a good moment to be able to assess the garden!

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  35. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Wishing you lots of fun. Hope the house is all that you have been dreaming of. Hope to hear from you soon and see some photo's off course!!!

    Sending love from the three of us!

    Madelief xox

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  36. Hope the move goes well. How exciting, new beginnings. Look forward to seeing how it pans out in your blogging.

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  37. How exciting to take over your new home. I hope you will settle down quickly. Will you still have a home in Budapest? Sarah x

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  38. Hope it all turns out splendidly for you. Exciting times indeed.

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  39. Good luck. I'm sure we all will look forward to hearing about your newest abode.

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  40. I am sure you will like Norwich and exploring its streets. I like the Colman Mustard shop and browsing the market stalls. The Cathedral Close is beautiful at Christmastime too. Then you will have the coast to visit, as well as the pretty country villages. I got to know Norfolk and north Suffolk when visiting my mother in law who was in assisted living. So many windmills to find, and I liked Aldeburgh, Southwold, and Cromer for the crab! One place I would like to visit is Grimes Graves as we have never made it there yet.
    Have fun unpacking and finding just the right place for everything in your new home.

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  41. Best wishes with everything. I can't wait to see your new place when you're ready to share.

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  42. Good luck with the move and don't dilly dally on the way. I look forward to a good snoop soon with lovely views of the neighbour's washing line.

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  43. How marvelous! I hope the house exceeds your wildest dreams....take LOTS of pictures!xxx

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  44. How exciting! I look forward to hearing more when you are settled in - although it always takes a while to settle in I know.

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  45. Dear Jane and Lance, I am picturing the two of you repairing to Norwich. You know what, I cannot remember the last time anyone with whom I am acquainted did any repairing, in the sense of movement.

    Best wishes to you all with regard to all the adventures you will be having as you do settle into Norwich, your new house and all that will surround it. It's grand that this is happening as the brilliant spring season spreads its beauty.

    I'm looking forward to your next report. (Happy to also report that at last NYC seems to have gotten hold of a warming trend. Ice and snow are melting.)

    xo

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  46. I will be imagining every step in my head! Hope to see pictures of your new abode! Good wishes on your journey and new endeavor!

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  47. I love that quote Jane and Lance - I read Wind in the Willows when I was a very little girl but haven't remembered it so I'm glad you posted it here.
    I also love the turn of phrase "repairing to Norwich" That sounds so fancy and la-di-da posh to me ;)
    All the best with your move - and I hope there's not too much 'repairing' to do to your new home in Norwich.

    p.s. I'm chuffed you bother to read my blog.

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  48. How fabulous Jane & Lance! All the best for the move and settling in period. Mel x

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  49. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to!!

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  50. So very exciting! I hope all goes smoothly in transition, take care of yourselves and your health - even good moves stress the system. I'll looked forward with great anticipation to your return.

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  51. Good luck with it all my dears. Looking forward to hearing of your adventures! All my love, Linda x

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  52. What fun. Enjoy it and let us know how it goes.

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  53. Happy landing, and I look forward to your reports when you're back on the blog!

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  54. Wonderful Norwich - one of my favourite places. And surprisingly arty too!

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  55. Oh, what fun! Enjoy your new domain. :)

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  56. Best wishes friend!!! I can't wait to hear more about the move! Enjoy the journey! Nicole

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  57. Wishing you all the best in your Norwich cottage.. look forward to reading all about it.
    Happy travels.. val x

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  58. Bon voyage! Beware of weasels! Befriend badgers!

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  59. Best of luck with the move! I look forward to seeing more of your new abode.

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  60. My dearest Jane and Lance,

    I'll be thinking of you both. I hope everything goes well with the move. How exciting and thrilling you must feel to embark on a new journey and a new beginning.

    With all my best wishes, ASD x

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  61. Best of luck settling in to your new home!

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  62. See you then, you mad, amazing, traveling, life-loving jet-setters you.

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  63. Dear Jane and Lance,

    of all your many charming attributes, one of them is that you constantly provide new intrigue. Someone should really be writing your biography! 'The Hattatts of Norwich' - which chapter is that I wonder? I can't be the only one wondering just how many lives you've led, that the glimpse we've had of you here is only a snippet of a vast life that is having many episodes yet.
    I can only say I wish you the very best, I wish you gilded wings wherever you fly.

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  64. Exciting times! good luck with everything and I look forward to your return! x x x

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  65. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Such exciting times and you must be so happy to be embarking on the new journey of your life. Best wishes and look forward to hearing more from you.
    Enjoy the weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  66. Dearest Jane and Lance,

    Wishing you all that is good, all that is pure,all that is right and a weedless garden in forty shades of green. I am sure you are making discoveries and friends each day. Looking forward to following along on your adventures.

    Helen xx

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  67. Looking forward to seeing more and of course to the garden transformation.

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  68. My dears—I hope that the heretofore sight-unseen house far exceeds your most hopeful expectations! Hope you'll be returning to Budapest and your computer with photos to share. Meanwhile—have fun!

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  69. I look forward to an update! I just returned home from a lovely tour of the Cotswolds. Good luck, friends.

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  70. I am very intrigued to hear about your new home, when you return to us here in blogland.

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  71. We are finally getting settled in our new place. Despite all of the physical work, it's been exciting. Looking forward to more pictures from you two. The view of the town is beautiful. Janey

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  72. My darlings,

    Do you speak "Norfolk"? I mean, the local dialect, which is very different from the Queen's English?

    No I don't speak it, either, but I found some examples online:

    “That hoolly frooz laarst night, an’ the pond was friz.”
    “He gev his snout a good ole fy-out!”
    “I thacked my hid on that there tree!”
    “Thass afore the days o’ water closets, tew yew, mileardy!”
    “Maw wuz hoolly raw wi me for duttying up her troshall.”

    I am posting you a phrasebook, just so you don't get discombobulated in foreign parts.

    Looking forward to hearing all your stories about Norfolk broads (aren't they all blonde and softly-spoken?).

    Fanny xx

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  73. Here's hoping it's all gone swimmingly!

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  74. Imagining travels and homecomings and first glimpses and heart-moments of THIS IS MINE OWN, MEANT FOR ME and other moments of findings, with little nests in the garden, a window seat, a mantel, a ledge.

    Somehow I see you hugging yourselves and each other, all for this joyous undertaking and adventure.

    And I understand every word and phrase in the above post, as if Me Grun weh itterin eva word.

    May your words of the day be Delight and Fun and Welcome and Home.

    love and,

    rrrrrrrrr

    PS I have a new little place of my own:

    http://paxtonpeople.blogspot.com/

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  75. Best of luck with this new venture! I, selfishly, am glad that you will be in a new place and (I hope!) will be sharing some of your design thoughts. I will be seeking inspiration for our featuress and flat garden.

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  76. Woo hoo!!
    Exciting!!!


    Hugs dear friends,
    Jane x

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  77. We went up that way to see all the windmills and beaches and whatnot, very blustery but beautiful beaches. We stayed in a windmill and it was wonderful

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  78. It's so exiting to you to move on new house. Congrats and have great time in your new home.

    Moving out cleaners Battersea

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  79. Never get a sense that you Hattats are rooted to any particular place, but that's a good thing right? The Kenneth Grahame quote sets out the philosophy. Wasn't that Ratty's thought? I rather think Mole, after bravely coping with all the hectic adventures, came to the conclusion that home's best. I left Norfolk (really Cambridge where I was staying, but metaphorically Norfolk) as you arrived. Don't read anything into that ��. I'll hope to visit you when I get back. Love, Alec xx

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