My moving situation seems to be causing confusion. Let me reassure you, it is confusing to us as well.
Sloph has moved out, to be grown-up in her final year at university. Follow this part of the story carefully.
Bee and I have downsized to a new house unfortunately not available till mid-October, due to its needing a new roof. We did try to find something available now, but failed. Very stringent requirements by Bee (as she would be the main occupant) made it difficult (had to be in the same area, without longer walk to school, near friend with reasonable parents in case of emergency and mother out of country, but not near friend with parents who would worry about mother out of country). Combined with my requirements, this narrowed the choice down rather a lot. However, the result, though late, is opposite a sensible friend and near the gym and swimming pool as well as just off the famous Cowley Road (which now has its own Group on Facebook here) with 2 minute access to all the ethnic restaurants plus the Zodiac (see her blog here for music reviews). What more could you want? Actually it's in the street where Sloph was living when we first came back to England, where I swore I would never live. But she was living in a student slum and we are not.
Consequently we have to camp in the meantime. This is fine for me, since I am travelling round the Balkans between now and mid-November in any case, see map here.
Luckily, Sloph found an unfurnished house in the same road as before, which she is sharing with two guys who even more luckily are not moving in immediately. So we schlepped all our essential living stuff down the road to her new house, and as she moved out, we moved in temporarily. I can record that the youth of today is more exhausted by moving than old age.
There I have been providing useful motherly services: providing equipment and furniture for the kitchen, (no point in putting it in storage), general unpacking, cooking and shopping, probably the most motherly stuff I have done for years :). Also staying at home waiting for flatmate's bed to be delivered, and washing machine to be installed. So far the score, on the third day, is one mattress, delivered separately from the rest of the the bed (for reasons unknown) one day late due to incorrect postcode, and no washing machine. As a result, I now know flatmate marginally better than Sloph, who finds herself wondering whether she has really moved out at all. Sloph in the meantime is providing full time medical secretary duties to the health service to fund her trip to Singapore before term starts, coming home depressed after typing letters about people with incurable diseases wanting treatment that the NHS won't provide.
Nibbles the cat has explored her new garden and has moved on to the neighbours'. We are hoping that she does not wander so far that she recognises her old territory and gets confused. However she does come when called (eventually) and has already worked out how to winge for the door to be opened to come in. Since she has been with us on all our travels round Europe plus a few extra staging posts on the way, she is pretty adaptable. No need to put butter on her paws or whatever you are supposed to do. This could be famous last words.
Last night, to celebrate surviving part 1 of the move and a big cheque finally arriving, we went to the Kazbar, (Cowley Rd again) where we had excellent tapas in the Moroccan/Spanish themed dining area at the back. Give the conservatory area in the front a miss, unless you want to just drink or enjoy loud music, and eat in the shadowy back. Forgot to take any photos, and can't find any on the web. Such a shame.
This weekend has a general exodus: Sloph is off to Brussels to meet friend from Vilnius before she moves to Warsaw with boyfriend; Bee is off for mud and the joys of Reading Festival (looking like a packhorse/snail with a complete home on her back) to celebrate excellent GCSE exam results; and me off to Belgrade for work. Only the cat left at home.