Four weeks ago today we woke to our first day back in England, and already our nine years in Frigiliana seem like a distant memory. Not that we have done very much yet. We are gradually plugging into the things we need to for the future and getting used to the much cooler climate. Initially we were cushioned by what passes for a heatwave in England - temperatures in the mid- to high-twenties and plenty of sun. Now it's a more typical 20 -21, and today it is raining. Our daughter and granddaughters are in Dubrovnik this week along with our other daughter, and by all accounts are having a fantastic holiday, which means that we have the house to ourselves until Sunday; we love being around them but we've spent so many years as empty nesters that we are probably enjoying this week in Surrey as much as they are enjoying Croatia.
We have a week booked in a hotel in Southport back in Lancashire at the beginning of September to see whether that is where we would like to settle. I'm already property hunting on Rightmove and Zoopla, so I've short-listed a number of estate agents to contact nearer the time. I've also drawn up a spec of what we need/want which includes the requirement that whatever property we buy must have two toilets; that is the deal breaker. Just shows how old we both are, even though we don't feel it.
We've got our bus passes, I'm waiting for an appointment with an orthopoedic specialist to see what if anything can be done about my back problems, yesterday I had a full diabetic review (all fine on that front) and I'm hoping that my application for a 'blue badge' for the car will soon be approved.
So slowly but surely we're getting there.