Dogfish Dan’s Blog – Entry 8


Dogfish Dan is a HOS client who is hoping to move from Wales to Edinburgh to be near his two daughters and his grandchildren.  He’s keeping us up-to-date with his experiences via his blog…

Dogfish Dan’s Blog Entry 8 – written on Monday 7th August


So now a few more days have passed, and I am settling into my temporary accommodation.

As I said, I now realise that I would not have had the energy to leave one home, travel a few hundred miles, and then immediately set up somewhere else. With everything already in place for me here at a friend’s, I am only just starting to build up energy again. This definitely is one of the worst things about growing old.

My bits that were going up to Edinburgh were loaded quickly, and arrived there safely. Now, of course, I just wish that I hadn’t sent that cap or spare jacket on ahead, as I keep finding that I need something that is in storage hundreds of miles away. Still, I’m sure I’ll survive.

This home is just 12 miles away from my previous one, so the move did not take long, but the getting used to someone else’s set up does take a while. The owners have gone away for a month…by the time I have moved everything around to my satisfaction, it will be time to move things back again.

Pepper the cat seems happy though, and it is quite pleasant for me to have a bit of company. It’s a long time since I’ve had a furry companion, and I’m quite enjoying it, apart from the times when he digs his claws into my leg, whilst purring away on my lap.

There have been a couple of minor panic moments, such as when the front door handle came off in my hand on my first day, locking me out of the house as I was leaving. Sorted now however, and tomorrow a friend is bringing a belt sander, so that I never have to slam the door again.

It’s wonderful that I have this stop gap to move into, but I mustn’t get too complacent. I shall have to move out in a few weeks.