As everyone knows pulling into your driveway after a trip isn’t the end of it. That’s when the clean-up starts, and one wonders how one little trip (or big trip as was the case this time) can create so much work.
Firstly we had to put our house back into order. You may remember that around a year ago we had plank vinyl professionally laid over our old green floor tiles. Something went wrong in the laying process so the manufacturer, and the retailer whom we purchased the flooring from decided it all needed to be pulled up and replaced. We emptied the living area of all furniture before our departure, and the work was done in our absence. Normally within two hours of returning home we have the caravan is emptied, and the laundry is well under way. However on this occasion it took us nearly three hours to get the house back together and the washing machine re-connected.
We barely managed to get started on unpacking the caravan on our first day home. Only the essential items like toothbrushes came in the first day. The rest of the holiday clean-up started the following day. There’s been bedding to wash, and all those clothes to wash – where did they come from! I thought I’d kept up with all the laundry, obviously not. The washing machine’s been going full time since it was re-connected.
All the household items that we took up for the wedding are now back in their rightful place. The table clothes have all been laundered and ironed, and the silver ware is all polished and is now back in the cutlery drawer.
The caravan has been cleaned, inside and out, and the bed is made up and ready for the next trip.
The weeds in the garden had obviously realised the house was empty and decided to party in our absence. Why is it weeds grow so much faster than everything else, aren’t they all just plants! I wonder if we cultivated weeds and pulled out our plants, if the plants would thrive out of proportion to the cultivated weeds.
One thing we are very happy to see is our newly planted blueberries and strawberries are fruiting. It looks like soon we’ll have some nice, chemically free, berries to put on our breakfast.
Its taken five full days, but we’re getting on top of everything, including the garden. The bigger weeds have been pulled, and all the pot plants are back in place. Almost everything survived in tact, with the exception of my beautiful potted Fiddle Leaf Fig.
We had moved all our house plants outside and thought we’d left them all in a shady place and where they’d get sufficient water. Somehow this one missed out on either the water or the shade, and is now barely more than a trunk. Next time I think I’ll leave the pot plants inside and arrange for a friend to come and water them.
Phew! it’s been far more than any normal post trip clean up. Normally we’re virtually back to normal in two days, three if the caravan’s getting a good clean too. Five days is a bit over the top, but with the house to be put back together after the work was done in our absence, and with all the additional items we had taken with us, it all blew out just a tad, but I guess it was all in proportion to our trip – completely crazy! The things we do…..