Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Well, two months and more since my last post we are settling in.  We slept here as "residents" on the night of 22nd August, the furniture arrived on 23rd and by lunchtime we were "in" surrounded by enormous cardboard boxes.  The boxes, flattened, piled up in the garage until by chance we heard of someone who was also moving house and who came and gratefully removed our pile for her little problem. Our old washing machine is plumbed in and wobbles the floor about as it did in its previous home. The tumble dryer did its stuff out in the garage, but has been superseded by an all singin', all dancin' condenser dryer in the kitchen, and we have a slim-line dishwasher plumbed in and hopefully tomorrow, wired in to do the dishes. We have found a cleaning lady, and we are about to get a fan heater and extractor fan fitted to the shower room.

Bit by bit we are finding our way around Dumfries to the various trading estates and have found a nice garden centre there.  We are reasonably familiar with Castle Douglas and can find our way to and around Dalbeattie.  Loch Arthur Farm Shop we think is very good as is the cafe, and we have become "Friends" of the community there.

On the down side, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council still have not paid out our Council Tax refund, the insurers have not sent our premium refund, and, unsurprisingly, Revenue Scotland have not repaid our Additional Dwelling tax. Such outfits are quick to demand payment with awful punishments if you are slow or fail to pay, but when the boot goes on to the other foot it is a very different story.

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