A few people have said they’d love to hear The Parents perspective on the move from their home of 25 years in Wiltshire to a rural village in Devon, with me as their neighbour. I’d hoped they would write the occasional guest post, but being The Parents they refused. So to hear from them I needed a Plan B and here it is; the interview.
Me: Have you always called Swindon your home?
Mum: I’ve lived in Swindon since age three so, yep, it’s always been home
Dad: Yes Swindon has always been my home, and has kept me employed almost none stop since finishing my apprenticeship.
Me: How long have you been married and where did you meet?
Mum: Married 43 years, meet at live music venue (town hall)
Dad: Been married 43 years and like being so.
Me: Umm, didn’t you hit 44 years last month??!
Me: Tell us something about your younger years (anything from first job, to claim to fame, ambitions or motivations)?
Mum: Younger years hmm what’s to tell, not much always-involved with animal welfare never could stand cruelty. Should have tried harder at school!!! Blah Blah Blah.
Dad: Nothing worth noting happen when I was young job wise or other wise, did meet cat Stevens when I was fifteen playing in a warm up band before the star-turn came on himself at The Locarno (now a defunct wreck of a building).
Me: Do you actually want to move to Devon or have you been talked into it?
Mum: Do I want to move? Yes. Am I scared? Yes.
Me: I notice dad has stayed very quiet…
What’s the worst thing about moving?
Mum: The worst thing about moving is clearing out house – so much junk, and the worry of moving the horses.
Dad: Definitely the clearing out.
Me: What will you miss most about Swindon?
Mum: Can’t think of anything apart from friends.
Dad: I will miss my friends and neighbours upon moving as I’m not great at keeping in touch.
Me: That’s what Facebok is for!
Me: What’s the scariest thing about the move?
Mum: The scariest thing is changing hospitals for dads treatment and finding a new GP’s. Plus not forgetting the horses, cat and dog settling.
Dad: Not really looking forward to changing hospitals because, if GWH is anything to go by, I know they will mess it up.
Me: What are you most looking forward to?
Mum: Being off this busy road we currently live by and starting over. New beginnings.
Dad: Looking forward to living on a quiet lane with very little traffic and better air quality.
Me: What’s the first thing you’ll do when you move in?
Me: And finally if you were betting people how long do you predict it will be before you have your first falling out with your new neighbour (me!)?
Mum: Within 5 minutes of arrival.
Dad: I give it one hour before you start up about the dog or cat.
Me: If we were travelling in the same car its fair to say the arguments would start before we’d made it to the M4.