Friday, May 3, 2013

CHEERS! We really are moving

The decision has been made and we are officially moving to London.

Now that the wheels are in motion, I've been getting a lot of questions.  So today I'm doing a Frequently Asked Questions about our Move to London. The pictures don't go with the topic, they're just some of the things I've been enjoying this spring in DC.

2013 National Kite festival
Q: What are you going to do with the house? 
A: We have found a family who will live in Monkey Grass Hill during our absence.  I'm not sure if the wife will blog about her experience and projects around the house or not.  

Q: Where are you going to live? 
A:  We don't know exactly yet.  Definitely central London and somewhere close to Regents park. I'm told it's a little "less urban" and greener in that part and that's what I'm looking for.

Q: When will you get your place? 
A:  I'm headed back to London for a 2 day whirl wind house hunting trip in about a week. I'll try to blog my own little "House Hunters International" post for you.  

The one that "got away" from the deer
Q: What does Drew think about the move? 
A: Some days he's very excited and other days he says he doesn't want to move because he'll miss his friends.  (I know exactly how he feels.)

"black tulips" I plated last fall. Turns out they're really more purple
Q: What about school? 
A: We've enrolled him in an International school and we are very excited about it.  The class sizes are smaller and they use and "inquiry based learning" which we think will be amazing for Drew. 

Q: What are you taking with you? 
A: Don't know yet. I have to find the place we'll be living before I know what will fit. I do know that I'm not supposed to bring any electronics. So, none of my lamps will be making the trip.  

Q: Are you going to start blogging again? 
A: I think I will have a lot of stories and pictures to share as I work through a transcontinental move. But blogging as Monkey Grass Hill doesn't seem to make sense once we're over there. I'm thinking about just starting a new one to chronicle my European experience once we make the move. Got any good names for me?....

Pond cleaning went so much faster this year with my assistant's help.
It's a very dirty job!

In the meantime I've been enjoying the warmer weather here and my last chance (for a while) to work in my garden. Both ponds were cleaned and are up and running again. 

I'm feeling much better about the move now and I'll be even more excited once I know what our new home will look and feel like. 
The garden is looking beautiful and full of life. I'm really going to miss it.
Stay tuned, we're about to take flight! 


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

That is so exciting, and I hope you blog all about it. Safe travels...can't wait see what you find.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am looking forward to living vicariously through you. I hope you find the time to post about it.
Best of luck!

pve design said...

I am so excited for you and your family and for Monkey Grass HIll too. It will be fun to see what you see across the pond as you create a new home and a new life.
I know it will be bloody great.

Bonnie said...

I, too, am very excited for you. I think this will a wonderful adventure for your whole family. Oh I do hope you will continue to share your stories with us. I can wait to find out if you find something. Bonnie

onnery said...

I can imagine the bittersweet feelings! This is so exciting for your family to experience this adventure. I am looking forward to hearing about your new life in London. But first, enjoy that house hunting excursion!
Safe travels!

Unknown said...

What an exciting time. I wish you the best in finding a home, the move, and the transition! Drew is adorable. I'd love to see hour housing choices. I have no idea about homes there.
Xo Nancy

Jeane M. said...

This calls for a toast. Got my eye on your next posts.

Unknown said...

Julie, I'm very excited for you. This will be such a wonderful experience for you and for Drew, even though it seems a little scary. I hope you can give us updates on how things are going for you from time to time. All the best!!!


Brandy@MAKE+MODEL said...

So excited for you!!


Hello Julie, yes I can feel this adventure! How is your new life in London?
- Vinnie
stone range hood

pve design said...

I have the "koi joy" cards to send to you but am not able to locate your address in my files. Let me know where to send to you~

Laurie said...

We just moved to London last August - LOVE it. Bring your lamps - just need adapaters and UK lightbulbs they work fine.