SOoooooo the packets came and went and so did all our worldly goods.
Theo took his gerbil, Digger, to school and as she was too expensive to cargo over and probably wouldn't make it! He was v brave and told all the reception kids about her and how to look after her (he is in yr 5) We came outside and he said:
"Well Mum, that went better than I expected.
Me - "Oh, why?"
Him- "Thought I'd cry or someone would squash her - you know how clumsy reception kids are"
This from a boy that can fall off a chair ! But bless, he was soo brave and v good with the little kids and he did / does love that gerbil.
So on the thursday night we all colapsed at my parents, Theo v upset that Daddy was off to Canada on sat - we explained it was only for 10 days but I think all the move etc is unsettling him - me and Evie are ok - just continually bitching at each other like PMT mad things!
Sat comes and we drive Adrian to T5 - just so we can have a nosey at the building otherwise he could have got the bus!! Off he went arrived other side - Immi and 3 yrs TWP no problem - - and then the rental . . .here is his story:
First day in Vancouver – Sunday 16
Okay so I wake up in a hotel in the not quite least desirable part of town. I am jet
lagged and have just spend $139 on a room because the rental house isn’t
finished. Even though I have my work permit ‐ I am not happy.
However while it is grey (gray) outside in Vancouver it is dry and mild. I walk up
to the Skytrain to sit in a coffee shop in Commercial Drive near the house to think
A 10 minute easy journey back has me sitting in Waves Coffee with a steaming
non‐fat latte and a parfait (I now know what they are –Shrek reference). The
world comes into focus. I am ready to go back to the house…Back inside the first floor doesn’ look too bad, the basement still looks like a
prison complex though. I decide that perhaps I need to put some stuff in the
cupboards so cross the road to the Mercatel store (24 hours and 10‐10 on
Sunday!). It’ not cheap, $110 fills four bags but I have the essentials now. But I
also need lots of ‘omewares’so go up to the Kitchen Corner which is a weird
hardware store with grungy/punky music playing in the background. Another
$100 and I have a pillow pans, cutlery and assorted other stud –Ikea it ain’.
Back in the house I am thinking that maybe the upper floor could work with
Theo in one room the front room being a sitting room/guest bedroom and us in
the larger bedroom (which now has a bed with the world’ thinnest mattress on
it and green silk sheets _ guess they were on special somewhere –Everett the
landlord is Mr Thrifty). Downstairs in the Gulag I wonder if with substantial
homey touches it might be possible that Evie couldf have one room, the den next
to it and the dogs in with the evil looking old brown sofa which sits brooding in
the corner. They could all share the industrial furnace which is down there too.
We will all have to suffer the third world bathroom :o(
With some stuff in the cupboards at least I can make some lunch and things look
up a bit. I even smile about it and remember a short period in a bedsit in
Wimbledon as a comparison. I decide to go out again and build up my bike.
Revelation –I roll down the hill and find a bikeway called Mosaic which in turn
hooks up with Adanac and Seaside in a lovely ride right to Stanley Park. Now I
remember why we are moving half way around the world –it is simply beautiful
–mountains, ocean, clean air. Two raccoons cross the bike path and I stop to
stare at them while locals stop and stare at me staring at the raccoons. What a
great idea it was to go out on my bike –two hours and I don’ care how hard the
bed is or how crap the bathroom (well maybe that will take a few more rides).
Anyway back on Commercial and it is buzzing with cool, unpretentious young
people –packed coffee stops and strange shops.
Back at the house and the light is fading, this is the test –I need to cook and
eventually hit the (hardwood) hay. Everett comes around with another odd
jobbing ‘riend’who has the longest and skuzziest shower curtain I have ever
seen. Luckily too long for the bath so Everett goes out to buy (scavenge) another.
He also hands me a second hand pan and some cups (gee thanks!).
I can’ wait for tomorrow and my first day at work –hope my back benefits from
this hard bed…Photos –Good bits
Stanley Park –view to Burrard Bridge (stunning)
Less good but okay
Kitchen (okay for 1957 and badly lit)
This is the bathroom (from hell) –it has been re‐tiled but by a blind idiot…It is
also tiny, so at least the ugliness is confined to a small area :o)
1) Look at the craftsmanship on these stairs –planks! See also American
standard mahoosive washer and dryer I think –haven’ tried them yet.
2) Two shots of the cells as I have nicknamed the cosy ‘en’(ho ho) and
basement rooms. <
4) Notice here the motif for downstairs of barred windows (yes on every
window) and the manky sofa –I thought the dogs could live in here –nothing to
damage…That is a bag in the corner –not mine though, maybe there’ a body in
it. I don’ want to look.th November 2008
will add the pics in a bit . . . . .
SO hello -
this is from The Bells - ok here goes - - BTW does any one read these things??
Other half muttered New Zealand a few times and went - - -oooh no too far away!!
Then hubby and I went to Canada (Toronto) last Sept for the Walk 21 Conference that hubby was presenting a Seminar at . I had been there 20 yrs before when I was uni - for a holiday and that was all.We met up with my 2nd cousins??
My grandads sisters sons ..... and an old uni friend we just really liked the atmosphere and the country side etc..
I researched GTA resi areas and schools and we booked flights for this May to take the kids over so we could look at houses and schools - resumes sent out etc. . .
THEN in Feb- hubby gets offered a job ....... in VAncouver! hmm thats a bit of a diff ball game I thought - no idea what its like there, further away . .. Luckily, one of Evie's friends had emmigrated to the island a few years before so we tracked them down and got some v useful inital info.Next laugh - company say - oh we'd like you up and running in JUNE!!! 2008!!!! SO they have agreed to pay for our internal flights over to Vancouver in MAy for a long weekend so we can get a vague idea and do a bit of a recce.