They were a little down on Sunday when I spoke to them as the house was chilly from having been left for a week, it was rainy and very quiet in the village, it being Easter Sunday and all, plus they couldn't get anything done until today, when life kind of returns to normal.
One of the things we did decide is that they will look for a reasonably priced washing machine. They said they haven't done any washing for THREE weeks, poor things :) Also we went over the list of chores etc. they can be getting on with. I looked at the long range weather forecast and it doesn't look promising. That area had a very dry March and apparently garden fires have been banned, but April seems to be making up for it!
Here however the weather has been more cheerful and I spent my weekend in my garden raking up all the winter debris and cutting back everything (a little late I know but my plants seem to survive despite my ruthless ministrations) and my garden looks a lot more inviting. It was warm enough to work out there but not quite warm enough to sit out there. We moved in to this house four years ago this coming weekend and I remember once all the stuff was unloaded we sat on the deck for a few hours soaking up lovely warm sunshine while dispensing with (quite) a few beers - so I am keeping my fingers crossed for similar weather this weekend as I have two open houses and the good weather tends to bring out the buyers. Having said that it has been known to snow later than this in previous years. So keep your fingers crossed for us.
I have also started a major de-stuff (that's my terminology). It was one of my new year's resolutions. As we are planning a major move in the next 18 months, a downsizing, life changing move, I thought we definitely needed to have a big sort out and get rid of a lot of "stuff". So I started with my bedroom yesterday and have packed up a box of breakables that will go to France with us as they are precious but I don't actually need around the house at the moment. So one box down, god alone knows how many more to go.