Having been advised that our application to live in Canada had been approved, we had to make appropriate plans.
Our first decision was that we would not ship anything out due to the costs involved. This gave us the guidelines that if we could take it with us… fine. If we could not take it with us, it had to be disposed of in some manner.
Another decision was made that I would leave first and, as soon as I had a regular income, then the other three would follow. It had already been agreed that I could stay with my partner’s relatives in Canada until I was established. It was also arranged that once I left for Canada, they would go and stay with my parents during that interim time.
We then started to advertise the contents of our home. It was an interesting experience selling off one’s home knowing that there is no new home in the immediate future. It seemed a very precarious path to take, but there did not seem to be a choice and the “fresh start” being offered by Canada was very attractive.
We were very lucky with selling our furniture because a man and his daughter were interested. She was getting married in the near future and was looking for furniture in general for her new home. Her father was helping her in that quest… and seemed very familiar to me. I suddenly realized that it was Phil from Walton signal box back in the late 50’s/early 60’s!
I think we both realized that we knew each other at about the same time and we had a brief chat about those times, after which he bought pretty much everything that we were selling! We were ready for a major life change.