Monday, April 26, 2010

Move Update!

Soooo... We officially have a place in Vancouver.  It's about 5km from downtown and a five minute walk to all the amenities we could need.  The price is absolutely fantastic!  It's a basement apartment but the owners seem great and said it was fine to leave some plants outside.
Our planned date of departure is Saturday, April 1st.  This isn't set in stone but seems to be the best bet to get everything done that we need to and still have some time to relax.  We currently have just about everything packed but clothing, toiletries, plants, and electronics. 

I went into the UWO Greenhouses today for the last time.  I had to drop off about 70% of my plant collection but picked up a few more things I had growing there.  This includes a Musa basjoo (banana) with a 1.5m tall trunk (4.5ft) with similarly sized leaves.  I'll probably cut off the leaves, remove the pot and wrap the roots for transport.  Mr_subjunctive at Plant are the Strangest People has some good suggestions for moving plants so if you ever need to, he's the one to ask.
I also applied for my passport today and it will be mailed to my new Vancouver address.  Tonight dinner with my cousin and brother, tomorrow lunch with my father and grandma, and Wednesday dinner with my mom.  I'll set everyone up with skype so there are no phone bills.  Plus face-to-face conversations!

What's crazy is that a few days ago we thought we'd be going for June 1st.  Then out of nowhere we find a great property available for May 1st.  Craziness.  We've been rushing to get ready but it will be well worth it.  I'm concerned about my plants.  I figure most will be alright but need a few weeks to recover.
My posts will likely be infrequent if at all over the next few days.  That being said I'll try and post every day when on the road with a map, interesting sites, and an update on the dashboard plants.  Yes I will be starting some dashboard plants and watching them grow in the car!  I really hope this works...  I'm thinking morning glory because Kenneth Moore commented that in a week they've already reached the top of his window.  I'm open to other suggestions as well.

I probably won't be posting many comments on other blogs as well.  Don't worry though, I'll start up again in full force when I'm there.  :)  I'll try and respond to comment made on this blog.  Anyway, I hope everything is going great for everyone and that you enjoyed these randomly placed last images of the greenhouse!  I just remembered we haven't dealt with our aquarium.  Anyone want some Mbuna?  You'll have to pick them up though!


  1. Oh, sad to be leaving family behind to a new life...but sad too. Oh goodness....I am in a blubbery mood today!!!

  2. New beginnings are always exciting. Good luck with the move!

  3. I'm not sure if the London Aquarium Society has a forum or not but post something on the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society forum, I know there are a lot of members on there from all over Southern Ontario (including some from London). Worst case I guess would be trying to trade in for credit/donate to a local fish store if no one else can get them by Saturday. Arrange something with the store though first.

  4. Good luck with the move! I look forward to your updates!

  5. Happy trails and safe driving, mister!

    Wave goodbye to all of my friends in London for me. :P A good chunk of them went to UWO after Acadia.

  6. Thanks everyone! I'll be sure to yell goodbye out the window as I leave. :P We're not taking the most direct root for few reasons that I'll mention later. So very excited!

  7. Good luck with the trip. It will be great to see the whole country on the way :-)

  8. Ontario's loss is our gain! Welcome to beautiful British Columbia, Aerelonian. Wishing you a smooth move, and lots of happy gardening here on the west coast.

    Abby @ Green Slate
    Fort Langley, B.C.

  9. Good luck with the move. I am envious. I've heard that Vancouver is a gardener's paradise. I know you will love it.

  10. Thanks everyone! Yeah I've heard that it's an amazing place for gardeners. I'm pumped! Exhausted but pumped. YEAH!!!


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