News views and moving house

News views and moving house

News views and moving house. Well, it has been a long and stressful journey but we have finally moved into our apartment in Thames Ditton overlooking the river Thames. I am feeling fairly exhausted mostly due to the paperwork involved in moving house, registering with the council and changing all the utility bills has taken me hours. Everything is digital now I don’t know what you would do if you were not very savvy with IT.

We still have a lot of work to do unpacking boxes, building cupboards, lighting, plumbing and generally moving furniture around.

News views and moving house – View from our dining room window

View from our apartment in Thames Ditton

When I get too overwhelmed I sit in an armchair and stare at the boats on the river.

New haircut

I did manage to take some time out to get my hair cut last week.

Above I am wearing my black jacket from MeandEm (about 4 years old). I do love their tailoring. Their prices are highish however they use good fabrics and I would classify their clothes as investment dressing—their current collection of blazers.

More blazer options:

The elasticated waist trousers I am wearing are many years old. I wear them for travelling as they are so comfortable.

Similar styles: Many offer sizes from 8 to 20+

I will be back shortly with a review of the new Spring 2023 fashion colours plus I will be visiting The Bentalls centre to check out what is actually in the stores.


  1. Lesley Day
    23rd February 2023 / 15:10

    Hope you are enjoying your new home despite all the admin!!

  2. Gillian Iszard
    23rd February 2023 / 15:10

    Fabulous views. So tranquil. You will certainly enjoy that and it will be worth the stress of moving.

  3. Violet L O'Brien
    23rd February 2023 / 15:16

    My best to you for happiness in your new home. Then view is gorgeous. I would find it difficult to get things done with a view like that.

  4. Sandra
    23rd February 2023 / 15:23

    Best of luck to you in your new home! The view is lovely. We downsized to an apartment in 2015 and really enjoy it, although I still need to jettison some in storage. We are headed back to France next week for 5 weeks, starting in Nice. I want to visit the St. Trop markets, but it doesn’t look readily accessible from Nice without a car. Am I correct? Many thanks.

    • Jacqueline
      23rd February 2023 / 15:29

      I would like to know as well. We will be in Nice in late August early September. Enjoy your visit!

    • 23rd February 2023 / 16:10

      Hello Sandra
      I have taken buses from Nice airport all the way to Grimaud. You could probably get a bus from Nice. You would need to change at St. Raphael and take the bus to St. Maxime. From there you can get a ferry to St. Tropez or go as far as Port Grimaud and there is also a ferry from there to St.Tropez. It is a bit complex working out the timetable but it can be done.

  5. 23rd February 2023 / 15:28

    Looks lovely, Can’t wait to see the inside when your all settled. Definitely take lots breaks to enjoy the view!

  6. 23rd February 2023 / 15:33

    Love your view! Love your blazer! Good luck settling in.

  7. 23rd February 2023 / 16:28

    You look lovely. Charming haircut. Fabulous location – trees and water make my heart sing. Good luck with settling in – one day at a time!

  8. Petra Dando
    23rd February 2023 / 16:44

    Oops nice. Water is so calming to look at

  9. Paula
    23rd February 2023 / 17:06

    Lovely peaceful view!

  10. Sylvia
    23rd February 2023 / 17:42

    Thank you for sharing, we all get to enjoy the lovely scenery. Wishing you and your husband a most lovely time there.

  11. Charmaine
    23rd February 2023 / 18:40

    Hello Josephine, the view from your living room looks so calming what a wonderful antidote for feelings of being overwhelmed.
    Your hair is a wonderful definite white, I hope you don’t mind me asking but do you use a special shampoo to enhance the whiteness.
    I am grey rather than white and I would prefer to be the latter!
    Many thanks

    • 24th February 2023 / 09:12

      Hello Charmaine

      Thank you for your comment. With regard to your question the shades of grey hair vary considerably and is mostly dependent on genetics. I am lucky in that my mother went a whitish grey although the back of my hair is still quite dari but I have given up adding any highlights as they tended to go brassy after a time.

      I have written extensively about how to look after grey hair on my blog. You might like to check out some of the articles here

  12. Lynne Savage
    23rd February 2023 / 19:41

    Moving is a nightmare. I feel for you but your new nest view looks great. Enjoy

  13. 23rd February 2023 / 22:24

    Hi Josephine. How I envy you, that is a beautiful spot you have. It must be nice to have a balcony to relax, daydream and watch life go sailing by. Do enjoy.

  14. 24th February 2023 / 01:06

    I think my next house will be my 43rd, so I am very familiar with the paperwork responsibilities and cartons. Strange how I still manage to keep so many un-necessary but familiar belongings! Good luck in making new friends.

    • 24th February 2023 / 09:11

      Wow. I don’t think I could manage that!

      • 27th February 2023 / 08:51

        Well, Josephine, we competent and resilient women just do what we have to do! And keep smiling!

  15. Susan D
    26th February 2023 / 11:52

    So glad to hear that you’ve finally completed your move. We’re about to embark on our own moving journey. House on the market, viewings arranged, but only one apartment around which might suit us…….. am excited about moving on to the next stage in our lives, but not looking forward to everything else!!
    Wishing you every happiness, and what a wonderful view you have.
    Susan D

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