Sixteen weeks to the day and our 101 items/boxes arrived in France yesterday.
Once they loaded all our individual boxes and items into the two big wood transport boxes in Aptos and we waved bye-bye to all our goodies on July 8, we just had to be patient.
They notified us that our shipment arrived at the port in England on September 23. Then customs sent through some questions about our contents on October 1, which I promptly answered, and we got our Customs Clearance the next day.
I then provided detailed delivery information for the European delivery team, such as parking, road conditions to the house, and detailed map instructions. They contacted us a couple weeks ago to schedule the delivery date for the truck from England. It was to be an 18 meter long, 2.5 meter wide, and 4 meter high tractor trailer. Oh dear! There is one really tight hairpin turn to our rental, but there was a longer alternate route we could send them. Then we started looking at the driveway. All the walnut trees have grown across the driveway to the house and there was rarely four meters of clearance. Damn.
So we had the transport company rent a van and they were to offload our things onto the van for delivery. Thankfully, our wonderful landlords here are letting us keep our boxes in the second gîte on the property. The delivery guys called yesterday morning and said they were running late, but we got worried when it started to get dark. They finally made it at 6:30. The good news is, they made it, and everything looked to be in amazingly good shape. The bad news is, they didn’t have room for everything in one van load, and they had rented the van (parked the semi) an hour away. So off they went for the last 7 boxes. Got those unloaded around 11 pm, did the paperwork, made the guys a cup of coffee and off they went to retrieve their truck.
We are so happy to have our winter shoes and heavier coats, now that fall is upon us. Just in time! We just unpacked the few boxes that had clothing in them and we’ll keep the rest closed until we move everything into our permanent house.
While we were pulling our clothes, our doggies were off having some fun in the orchard. Filthy feet and mud on their mugs up to their shoulders!