First of all I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has been posting very positive and encouraging comments about our plans. It keeps us inspired and motivates us!
The search is over and I am very relieved! Alex went down to Nafplio on Wednesday and signed the rental for the house we looked at last week.
It's a new build (with a few finishing off jobs left to do on the interior). It is about 5km from the centre of town, in a quiet country lane and the front verandah overlooks an orange grove. There is only a little bit of garden around it but I am happy that I will be able to do something with it. For the kids it will be great to go out and play, even if they haven't got acres and acres to run around.
The apartment we have been living in is a lovely apartment but it just doesn't suit our needs anymore. It's really perfect for a couple. Once children and the volume of things they acquire are added to the equation, well, it just doesn't work out anymore. For quite some time now, we have lost total control of the situation. Things have begun piling up in the hallways, living areas, in fact in every square meter of real estate! The result is that it is now impossible to have a tidy living area. All rooms merge into one.
The new place should help solve things. Hopefully all things will have their place and we should be able to keep it moderately tidy.
So now I really have to get going on the packing because if everything goes to plan we will have moved before the middle of August. We have to be there in good time to settle down in time for my eldest to start school again in September. It would probably be a good idea to find out where the school is!
I've also promised the kids a small leaving party, so I better get organizing that too. That will definitely involve cupcakes!