||[Aug. 21st, 2004|12:35 pm]
As many of you will know, I moved house on Tuesday. The move went fairly well - we hired a lorry between us, that certainly helped. Simon, Ganesh and myself did the bulk of the heavy lifting, while Hilary and Anne (at their choice, I should point out) did most of the cleaning. We had most things moved by 6pm, most of the rubbish gone by 8 (after a trip to the Stanton Hardcourt recycling centre + tip at 7.30, luckily it's open late), and everything done by 10. We ached afterwards, but at least it was finished.|
The new house is located between Iffley Village (one of Oxford's nicest parts) and Rose Hill (less so). It is literally between - cycle access is via Iffley, car access is via Rose Hill. It's also a stone's throw from the river (but I've yet to spot the best way there), and walking distance (via a bridge) from Sainsbury's.
The house is part of the University graduate block at Court Place Gardens. There's a mix of two and three bedroom houses (mostly semi's), set out along two sides of a roughly square plot. Near the middle is the Mansion, which has the laundry, the common room, and a small number of single rooms. The rest of the site is grass, trees, and other greenery. All we can see from our back windows is green (front windows look onto the car park and the fence, but you can't win everything). Plenty of car parking too, but in the interests of security they shut the main gate at about 3.30. This wouldn't be a big issue, except that to open it you have to get out of your car, walk to the gate, wave a card at the reader, then push the gate fully
open, drive in, then shut it again. Not so good when it's dark and pissing it down....
(I would show some pictures of it now, but I've yet to find and unpack my camera. Hopefully I'll do that later on this weekend, so there should be some up on Monday morning).
The houses were built in the early 70s, and are mostly in good shape (ours is). Two bedrooms and a bathroom up stairs, downstairs is a long but narrow kitchen and a lounge. It looked a little bare when we moved in (something about white walls and nothing in them), but it's looking a lot nicer now it's full. Once we've got some pictures and prints on the walls, should look very nice.
The drive to work isn't very much longer (a few minutes. not much more than 5 if that). However, it does involve the south of the ring road and the A34, so isn't quite as plesant. Buses seem about as fequent, but run slightly later and it's a little further to the bus stop, so that's about even. Cycling to the University pool is very much easier, and town's the same distance. Probably a win transport wise.
Annoyingly, the local newsagent don't do paper deliveries, so I haven't had my copy of the independent to read over breakfast. I think later today I'll have to trek to the ones on Iffley Road, and see if the do deliver.
pictures [...] should be some up on Monday morning
Ah. Didn't get around to taking them in the end, as found the camera too late.