Monday, July 31, 2006

Skip Time

Just ordered our second skip, which will arrive later today. Jamie is obviously very excited - he likes the skip lorry a lot!

Yesterday, we got a lot of packing done. I'm starting to worry about how much stuff we're taking, and whether it will fit into one 20-foot sea container.

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Today, I'm packing boxes. Tomorrow, I'll be packing boxes too. Jamie is helping with the sticky tape. Sara has caught a cold and has been up all night talking to Jamie, so she's now trying to sleep.

The shipping container arrives on Monday 14 August, and after that we're not going to see any of our belongings until the end of September.

We're not going to put anything into storage. I guess that if we could store something for three years, we wouldn't want to see it again, so why pay for the privilege.

We've given the cat to my mum and a few risquée prints to Sara's dad for safekeeping. I'm not sure how strict are the customs controls, but it's probably not right to take the chance with Sara's Frink (over-rated) or my Eric Gill (genius).

Jamie doesn't know what's going to happen. I think he now knows we're going to a place called Qatar, where it's hot, and that a lot of our furniture has gone to the council tip. I don't think he understands that Sara and the cat are going away soon. Best not to read him Goodbye Mog, lest he get the wrong idea.

Here are some photos:
Witley house.
Garage almost empty for the first time in two years.
Garden and shed are nearly finished.
Helpful Jamie.
Inside, the house is chaotic.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Doha pics

View from our InterCon window during our visit in mid June. In the distance is Aladdin's Kingdom, which I'm sure Jamie will investigate soon.

Doha on Google Earth

Here's a post containing some handy Doha placemarks for Google Earth. At least I found them handy when I was trying to work out where I was going to be living.

Ugly mug

In case you've stumbled across my blog and have created an alternative vision of me in your head, I'm sorry, but this is me. And here's a little one for my profile.

First post!

Well. This is going to be my diary of moving to Qatar with my two-year-old son Jamie, and my thirty-mumble-year-old wife Sara.

Sara is flying to Doha next Friday, leaving me and Jamie to pack up the house over the next few weeks.