Moving furniture in Bermuda

Hello again my dear reader,

Bermuda is a pretty humid place. At times, it’s hard to get something to dry once it’s become wet. Most houses have a washer/drier so you can at least dry your clothes after washing because, if left to dry on a clothes horse like you would do in Europe, they would get moldy before they dried. This means that most homes and offices are full of air conditioning units with a dry or dehumidify setting and, in some cases, extra dehumidifiers are needed. The dampness problem is most prevalent in older cottages (like Shrewsbury Nook, that we nearly took) but new homes are not entirely exempt either. Now, it should come as no surprise that dampness and humidity are, in part, the result of heavy rains that come now and then. There is no real wet season in Bermuda (unlike South-East Asia where a couple of months of the year are reserved for heavy vertical rain) although, naturally, the winter months of December to February are the wettest. In fact, if you take a look at the climate part of the wikipedia article on Bermuda you will see that the minimum amount of precipitation on average in Bermuda is 70mm in May and the maximum is 160mm in October. Compare that with the lowest  (22.6mm in February) and the highest (77.2mm in April) in Prague and you’ll see just how wet we’re talking about here.

Given the wetness of the place, you can imagine my surprise when the movers arrived to move our furniture in an open truck! I had fully expected a van with a roof but I stood to be disappointed. We had three stops in total to make. First, stop in Paget to pick up our bed. Then, stop in Warwick to pick up the 3-seater and 2-seater sofa and the coffee table and end table. Finally, drop it all off at the house and be done with it. As luck would have it, it started to just spit when we arrived at the first location. Then the “boys” turned up (two young-ish black lads who seemed to be doing a little moving on the side of their usual business which is probably trucking or landscaping or something like that given the state of their truck) in their beat-up old truck and we knew we were in for a struggle. The rain slowly got harder as we (well, they) loaded the bed onto the truck. I was very unimpressed by their clumsy way, they didn’t seem to know much about moving.

Then, we got to the second location. By this point, the rain got pretty hard and our stuff was partly being protected by (dirty) plastic covers and blankets. We tried to load the sofas onto the truck and they couldn’t even figure out how to do it! I was unimpressed so I stepped in with some constructive advice: place the big sofa in first length-wise in the truck with its back to the middle. Then, stand the mattress and bed up against the back of the sofa and jam everything in with the last sofa, which is placed with its back to the standing bed frame and mattress. After a while, they got it and started on the way to the house. I had to ask a favour from the guy we bought the sofas from to drive the pillows of the sofas in his car to our house. I was very willing to pay him some money for his effort but he said it was no big deal. I felt a little sorry for him actually. He and his wife has split up, she was on her way back to the North America and he was staying in Bermuda but probably downsizing to a smaller place. He was a nice guy and helpful so I felt bad… but anyway, he helped us and I really appreciated it. If I see him in town, I’ll definitely buy the guy a drink.

The cowboys drove off in the truck, Jitka sat with them to show them where to go. I followed them on the scooter, being properly pissed on by this point. And, the man who sold us his sofas was behind me in his car which was full of sofa pillows and cushions In the end, we made it to the house but everything was wet. So, we laid everything out in the lounge, turned the AC on and hoped for the best. We went back the following day and everything seems to be drying pretty well. The mattress was still a little damp but it was sure to recover in the next day or so. The worry is that if anything stays damp for too long, it may start to stink. But, it looks like we have avoided this part.

In the end, we slept in the new place on Sunday and started to feel a little more comfortable. There are still a few things needed to make the place feel properly like home but it’s got much of the way there already. And, being two minutes walk to the best beaches on the island does alleviate the pain of now having the house properly sorted yet. There are plenty more stories coming soon, please check back regularly.

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