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...and I think I've got reason to be: I found my mum a new place to live, and she's agreed to move there! In fact, she's looking forward to moving in as per March 1st, or earlier even if we can arrange it. I went to look at the place with her yesterday, and even though it looked bigger in the photographs I'd seen online, Mum seems very happy with it (in particular, its proximity to the shops which are just a 5-minute walk away in her estimation) and is already planning where her dining room table should go.

It's a 1st floor (or 2nd floor for the Americans among you) 3-roomed flat with a balcony big enough to house her garden bench and a collection of flowers in pots, a large modern bathroom and a tiny kitchenette, in sheltered accommodation i.e. there's a restaurant on the ground floor -hence the kitchenette-, a nursing station, and most importantly, there's round-the-clock surveillance so the chance of her getting burgled again is virtually non-existent. The only negative is that it's right on the other side of The Hague to where I live, and on public transport it could take me up to 50 minutes to get there...and it would take my sister about the same time. Still, the main thing is that Mum feels good about the move, and now all that needs to be done is call the movers, pack up her things, and go!


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Feb. 2nd, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Mum moved in some 10 days ago, and even though she's living out of boxes still, is remarkably positive about he whole experience.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hooray! It sounds safe and secure and rather lovely.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC)
It is, actually. And even the distance isn't much of an issue anymore - turns out I can be there in under half an hour!
Feb. 3rd, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
That's great! (Well, other than the distance thing.)
Mar. 2nd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
One should never rely on the Internet for accurate information -- turns out I can be there in under half an hour on a good day!
Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:32 am (UTC)
Glad you found somewhere.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you - Mum's moved in and is happy, which is all I wanted ;-)
Feb. 3rd, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
I've been looking for a new place for Darren and I for over six months - all those real estate photos ALWAYS look bigger on the net. They use a wide angle lens and photoshop them if they are not happy with the results.

But yay for your mum's new place. I hope it's not too much of a pain to get to on a regular basis. Does one of you have a car? Or would it be better to cycle?
Mar. 2nd, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
The distance has turned out not to be much of an issue for me (it is a bit of a slog for my sister, but since she hardly ever visits anyway, I don't think it matters much).

Cycling? Even if I didn't hate cycling with the power of a thousand suns, it would take me at least an hour to get from mine to hers. In the event though, the newish regional tram service can deposit me at her doorstep in about 28 minutes ;-).
Feb. 3rd, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
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