After what seems like an eternity of exploring options on how we’ll get ourselves (two adults and two children), two cats and a dog to Tasmania, it seems we have found the solution.
Our plans for Harvey to take the kids and pets by plane and me follow by ferry afterwards went awry when our removalists said it would take nine days to deliver our household goods, instead of the three days originally quoted. This coupled with the fact Jetstar won’t take pets, Qantas was exorbitant and would only take two pets and Virgin Blue will only take two meant it was back to the drawing board.
We couldn’t sleep on the floor of the house we’ve sold after everything was taken, or the house we’ll be moving to, so what do we do? Could we find somewhere to stay in Launceston for a week with Internet access until everything arrives, or stay with someone here and leave to meet the removalist later? Do we ship the car and Harvey and I take separate flights?
Every scenario had problems – expensive, difficult to manage, hard to keep everything together etc. The solution was a mix of the above and assuming we can find a house to rent at the time we’ll arrive, we’re set. After the truck picks up everything we will stay at mum’s Gorokan house for a few days and I will keep working out of my office. Harvey is going to take the boys and two cats on Virgin Blue on August 9. After dropping them at the airport I will drive to Melbourne with the dog and catch the ferry across, arriving in Launceston on August 12 (the day the house settles).
The final piece of this puzzle is finding a home to rent in Launceston that we can move in to on August 9. Hopefully that will be ticked off the list next week when Harvey and I visit Launceston. I’m going to the Accelerate Women Get Real event while Harvey meets property managers.
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