On the Move

I’m a little bit late with this post – I started it as we watched the movers manhandle our things into their truck.

Boxes, everywhere boxes Our lives all packed up

July 25 – Yesterday the packers where in and much of what we own was put into boxes for shipment or bubble wrapped for storage. It’s an odd feeling seeing you life being stored away and it also makes you very aware of how much stuff you accumulate over a life time. Correction – how much needless stuff you accumulate over a life time. Ideally much of the stuff could have been sold on E-bay (like the 1836 feathered mahogany armoire) or at the Great Glebe Garage Sale (all those damned vases and knick-knacks.) However time, events and indolence put an end to those sorts of plans.

Last night we moved to our friend Don’s – a bit of a shock for poor Reese who desperately kept trying to get back into the house as we were leaving. Last night was not the most comfortable one – and not because of being in what will be the first of a few strange beds over the next few days. Both of us tossed and turned – things going over in our mind – things done, things left undone. Even Reesie gave the odd bark during the night – very strange for him.

Crew leader taking stock of the shipment
Out the front door
Up the ramp

When I moved to Ottawa everything I owned fit in a passenger van!

Moving the armoire The middle unit of the armoire starts its disastrous journey.

Today is the actually move out – so far one major incident involving the middle unit of the – wouldn’t you know it – armoire. Other than that things seem to be going smoothly. Of course the unpacking in Rome will be the proof of how well things actually did.

All the furniture has gone into long-term storage however with books, cds, kitchen things, china, clothing et al we figure the shipment weighs in at around 2200 kilos (4840 lbs) give or take a few kilos. I really should have partied more and read and listen less.

Done Deed – II

It’s been a busy few days. After the events of the weekend – our wedding on Saturday, an Open House to say goodbye to friends on Sunday – we got into the serious business of moving on Monday. The past few days have been stressful and every so often Laurent and I have gone back to look at the photos from our wedding – just to stop each other from committing murder!

Sealing the bond. I thought we would share those photos with our friends and family, so just click on the picture above and it will lead you to the album.
Then its back to the move and mayhem and possible murder.

Done Deal*

Well I guess we in for the long term now. On Saturday past, after a 29 year “engagement”, Laurent and I were married in a brief ceremony at our friend Joelle’s home. I had hoped to get the vow exchange on video but that new camera would not cooperate. Stephanie, my niece, did manage to capture the last few seconds of the ring exchange.

Its been a busy time – Laurent coming home, getting last minute things arranged for the house sale, preparing for the move, the marriage ceremony, a “goodbye” open house yesterday – so it may be a few days before I have a picture album up for all to see.

*Apparently there was a problem with the video but I think I have it fixed now.

About Bloody Time!

Roses from Rick and JohnFirst follower: And will the veil of the temple be rent in twain?
Cult Leader: Well the veil of the temple is always dodgy.
The End is Nigh – Beyond the Fringe

Laurent and I will be exchanging our wedding vows at 1545 this afternoon in our friend Joelle’s garden. And despite the warnings of various religious groups we hope that the veil of the temple will remain unrent and the family unit as we know it will not dissolve. That is not our intention – our intention is to consecrate our loving relationship of the past 29 years.

We decided that at this point we probably won’t find anyone else to put up with us so why not make it legal. To be honest our original thoughts behind this step were based on legal and financial reasons; however as planning progressed the event has taken on a deeper meaning. We realize now that we are making a serious, spiritual commitment in the eyes of God, our family and our friends.

Many of our friends have sent good wishes via e-mail, snail-mail, blog comments and postings, flowers and telephone calls. It has been touching and both of us have found ourselves tearing up at the odd moment. A few have asked questions about the ceremony and a few have made lewd suggestions not appropriate to such a solemn occasion. So I thought I would post answers to some of them.

    • The ceremony will be held in Joelle’s garden – thank god its sunny and warm. Her son, our adopted nephew Andrew, suggested a lovely, shaded area surrounded by hedges – a perfect circle.

Flowers from Deb and James

    • We are a small group – Joelle, Blake – our oldest friend in Ottawa, our best friends Rick and John – who will be our witnesses, my niece Stephanie and Elaine, the Chaplain, make up the human contingent. The rest of the animal kingdom will be represented by our Reesie and Joelle’s Riley, Tugger, the cat and two ferrets.
    • Yes Reese will be there but not as a ring bearer, as evilganome suggested being a daschie he would probably eat the rings.
    • The service is a short Unitarian ceremony Elaine, Laurent and I created and includes much from the Book of Common Prayer. Elaine is the daughter of a former colleague at Air Canada and her father was my Director at Transport Canada – the world is small.
    • Our rings are the puzzle rings we bought in the Khan in Cairo in 1989 and have worn ever since. Laurent’s is gold and mine is silver. They cleaned up real nice.
    • Rick is reading the traditional passage from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians however as much as I love the language of the King James version the translation of caritas as charity rather than love has always bothered me so he will be reading a modern translation.
    • Though we are not having flowers as such – no bouquets etc – we are bringing a beautiful arrangement Deb and James sent us from England and exquisite roses given to us by Molly and Dave over to adorn the table for the champagne after.
    • We are having a small wedding cake after the service with champagne sent to us by Deb and James, Maria and Gordon and my colleagues at Transport Canada.
    • There will be a small wedding supper at a local Bistro later this evening.
  • And yes I did see my intended after midnight last night and in his usual spot – pillow on the right side.

Roses from Molly and DavidAt the beginning of the ceremony Laurent and I will be lighting a candle together. That candle is meant to represent our friends, family and colleagues who cannot be with us. To all of you who have sent us wishes in one form or another – you are part of that flame and you are very much with us in our hearts as we exchange our vows and make our commitment.

Le Sense de Ha Ha

Though my sense of humour is decidedly British, I’ve always enjoyed the very different idea of what makes for the hahas in France – however I will never accept the rather strange Gaelic conception that Jerry Lewis is a comedic genius!

The bright sparks over at C’est so paris! are launching this billboard and newspaper campaign to convince Londoners that Paris is the place to be. They’ve totally convinced me!

Enjoy Rugby

“The second ad uses offbeat wit and the Rugby World Cup to show the world that Paris is also the capital of humour. The Paris region will be hosting several World Cup matches, including the final at the Stade de France.”

The Brits are probably getting a kick out of it but I’m not sure how “humourous” they’d find it in say… Calgary or Peoria!