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Moving On Up…

30 October 2018

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great start to the week! I’ve come back to work for a rest, after a hectic house move! Rich and I have left Berkshire, and are trying out Oxfordshire for size – looking forward to having a bit more room in the house, and a bit more countryside around us!

I can’t lie, moving hasn’t been one of my favourite experiences. When we moved into our first house over four years ago, we had the easiest time of it, so I hadn’t really mentally prepared for what was ahead this time. Four years ago, we were essentially moving two childhood bedrooms into a two-bed house, and since we were both coming from our parent’s houses – there was no real time limit. I remember the day we got the keys, posing for a photo outside the front door with a full face of make-up, hair straightened, little black dress – proud as punch of what we’d achieved. This time we were uprooting ourselves, plus a house, plus a garage, plus a hutch, plus our four little animals – so the photo the other end was one with two tired faces (although Rich did manage to carry me over the threshold…chivalry’s not dead here yet!) both without make-up, and both without any signs of shampoo being used – the joys of selling and buying, hey!?

I have to give all credit to our outstanding family removal squad – they worked their little socks off for two days to get the job done – and we were so grateful. I have promised dinner to all involved, once the carpets have appeared, the cupboards have been filled, and the boxes have disappeared – I’ve told them to keep the diary clear for April 2019.

We moved in last Thursday, so Friday was our first full day in the new house. The day where you can’t find anything you need, and realise how poorly you’ve packed the boxes you thought you’d been really organised with. I had labelled virtually every single kitchen box as ‘fragile’, and hadn’t really bothered to write the exact contents of each box…so the word fragile lost all its oomph, and we had no idea where to find plates, cutlery, mugs or anything of any use. (If you’re concerned for the welfare of my moving team – I had taken mugs, teabags, and the kettle with me in the car to ensure nothing of true importance was lost en route – I’m disorganised, but I know how to keep the workers happy!) I also packed the bathroom poorly, so had no idea where to find my electric toothbrush and my plethora of dental accessories – but fortunately my dental nurse brain forces me to carry a spare manual toothbrush and travel toothpaste in my handbag for these emergency situations, so no sleep was lost – although flossing was put on hold for a day…

So, for the last few weeks, the bite guard has been back in to protect my poor teeth from my stress. It’s the one thing I could hand on heart say I knew where it was – the last thing I needed was to end up back at work mid-move to have a broken tooth repaired(!) I remember blogging about this move in one of my first posts back in August, saying how stressful it was back then. If only August Amy knew what was coming. If you feel you’re a clencher when life gets stressful, it is well worth a conversation with your dentist – bite guards are a simple, yet really effective method of protecting your teeth from themselves, and can usually be made in a couple of short appointments.

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So, knowing what I know now – here are my top ‘moving house yourself’ tips…

– Know, without a doubt in your mind, where the kettle, mugs and teabags are at all times. From my experience, caffeine free workers are not happy workers.

– Do not over use the word fragile – it will only lead to questions being raised about what you actually consider to be fragile. A box of chopping boards for example, is not fragile.

– Keep a toothbrush on your person at all times – moving house is no excuse for poor dental hygiene.

– Be accurate with your labelling. ‘KITCHEN’ on 15 boxes isn’t helpful. Neither is the word ‘GLASSES’ scrawled underneath – champagne flutes just don’t cut the mustard when you want to chug a quick glass of orange squash.

– Know where your mirrors are. This one might only apply to me because I’m vain, but having to do make-up in my car, rather than my warm house, was not a welcome start to Friday.

– Hire a removal company.

I hope you all have lovely rest of the week, and a fabulous weekend!

Amy x

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I recently visited Briars Dental Practice in Newbury and had a truly excellent experience. From the moment I walked in, the receptionist greeted me warmly and made me feel welcome. The hygienist who saw me prior to my appointment with the dentist was very thorough and gave me some great advice on how to keep my teeth healthy.I was then seen by Richard, one of the dentists at the practice, and I have to say that he and his nurse were fantastic. They put me at ease throughout the whole procedure, were extremely professional and caring, and made sure that I was comfortable at all times. I was also impressed by their attention to detail and their willingness to take the time to answer all of my questions.In fact, I was so pleased with my experience that I would also like to mention another dentist named Richard who saw me previously. He too was excellent, very thorough and professional, and I felt very well taken care of during my appointments with him.Overall, I can't recommend Briars Dental Practice highly enough. The staff are all so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, and they really go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are well looked after. If you're looking for a great dental practice in Newbury, look no further than Briars.
Beatrice Andreea
Beatrice Andreea
12:07 11 May 23
Thank you for a wonderful experience, I am a coward when it comes to the dentist, Mr Nick French, put me at ease, and has the patience of a Saint. I would also say the dental nurse was I lovely lady who let me crush her hand while I was having my injections. I give Briars Dental Centre 10 out of 10, and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Jan Hamments
Jan Hamments
19:11 29 Jun 23
I had a hygienist appointment with Jo and her nurse, Suzanne. It was the first time I’d tried GBT and found the experience much more comfortable than usual. Jo and Suzanne really put me at ease and made sure I was happy throughout the treatment. It was good being able to clearly see the areas which I needed to improve on brushing and Jo gave me great tips. Would highly recommend
Lauren Jade
Lauren Jade
16:52 19 Jun 23
After such a positive experience today with Richard I thought it only fair to delete my previous review. I am a very nervous patient and not ashamed to say I cried before my appointment. Richard and his lovely dental nurse were so understanding and treated me with kindness and empathy. Richard explained everything to me and allowed me to go at my pace. All options for my next appointment were explained to me and I now have trust in Richard that I feel I will not need full sedation. I was in alot of pain prior to my appointment today along with an enormous amount of anxiety. Richard even explained to me how to breathe when having treatment- no other dentist has ever explained that to me before!Thank you again Richard and to your lovely dental nurse.
Mary Lovelock
Mary Lovelock
15:03 24 Apr 23
I had my consultancy appointment with Chelsea today who looked after me very well. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and explained everything to me very nicely. And also answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease today and for future appointments. It was nice to meet you, and thank you.Glenn.
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper
22:20 23 May 23
I recently had to visit Richard Lineker as I'd broken a tooth.He and his lovely nurse Agata made me feel comfortable and explained what treatment I needed.They work extremely well as a team andmy treatment was painless.
Pauline Preston
Pauline Preston
13:59 12 Jul 23
Wanted to share my mother's thoughts of recent experience visiting Jo Craig hygienist."Jo was attentive , caring gentle and thorough today.I came out feeling fresh and motivated.Well looked after also by her lovely nurse Jenny."Angela Shaw.
Suzanne Hendry
Suzanne Hendry
11:03 21 Jul 23
I am very pleased with the treatment I received. After another dentist had told me the tooth had to be extracted, Mr Fady Khoury managed to save the tooth. The procedure was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner and I am very happy with the outcome.
Terence Marshall
Terence Marshall
16:03 24 Jul 23
Had an appointment with Chelsea today and it went very very well. Had my scans and photos done for Invisalign, which can be a bit awkward but she made it a comfortable experience. She was very friendly, welcoming, put me at ease and asked if I had any overall questions at that stage of the process. She was knowledgeable and explained everything I asked about. It's my first time at this clinic so I'm looking forward for my second appointment to discuss treatment. Great first impression from the moment I stepped through the door! Thanks!
Diana
Diana
11:01 31 Jul 23
A very happy customer! I had quite a lot of crooked and misaligned teeth so Victoria introduced me to Invisalign. She carefully created a program to give me the smile I wanted. In the end it took longer than we had expected but Victoria very diligently took me through every step of the process and she didn’t compromise on any part of the process to ensure I got the smile and teeth alignment we both wanted. A huge thank you to her and her assistant Jen who made every effort to make me feel comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.San
San James
San James
17:16 02 Aug 23
My visit to Richard last week went well. He identified that x rays hadn’t been taken for 3 years, and showed me the images, interpreting the results carefully and explaining the steps that may be required as treatment. I am disappointed that I will need to have another consultation to confirm if a root canal is needed. Warning: if you do need a consultation with the endodontist, you will need to pay in advance. I couldn’t do that on the day, but I will be booking in to have this followed up as soon as I can. I will need my own teeth for many more years!
Emma Mulholland
Emma Mulholland
15:31 18 Oct 23
Over the years I`ve found that the Briars delivers consistently high quality dental care and yesterday was no exception. I recieved first class root canal treatment by Dr. Richard Condon and team. Everything was explained carefully and despite my misconceptions was delivered pain free. I have no hesitation in recommending the Briars.
Mark Batten
Mark Batten
10:42 24 Oct 23
Having just completed a course of treatment with The Briars I can strongly recommend Fady and his team. Thank you for your straightforward and thorough approach, and for providing treatment in a stress-free environment.
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Tom Saunderson
08:16 02 Nov 23
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