The place I'm moving into was built around 1500 and it's in books and that. People take photos and put them on Flickr. I see I'm going to have be careful not to dance around naked too much. Although maybe they could pass me off as a quite substantial ghost.
At some point in the last 500 years, someone must have got some furniture into the building. Not via the pretty front windows: too small. Not via the stairs: too narrow. Not via the lift: they didn't have one then and it's tiny anyway. No, someone must have got things like large oak settles and huge tables and heavily pregnant vrouwen in through the big back windows, using the rope and pulley, accessed via the yard of next door's brasserie. The apartment owners were very relaxed about the matter and said that movers would know what to do. When I asked how you get the rope up there they said like in a Western. I think it was a joke.
The mover (more accurately a man with a van) whom I had selected for the honour of moving me said he would not do this rope and pulley thing as it is highly dangerous. He concluded by saying he would not now be passing by on Monday to give me a quote. Dumped by a man with a van.
I feel as if I've been set a puzzle with three weeks to work it out. Someone knows the answer, but not me, not yet. I'm buggered if it's going to beat me.