Hello @mermaid.....you surely will miss your home when you move, but then London will provide excitement right outside your door, won't it?
If you'll miss your furniture, then you should by all means keep it. I know what you mean - as the years pass some things are always a part of our "home." Actually we did that with Rod's mother...she had a large suite all to herself, en suite bathroom, but we took in personal items and furniture that we know would mean more to her and perhaps she wouldn't feel as alienated.
Your daughter-in-law sounds very kind and helpful and I'm sure she'll be happy to take a trip to the tip with things you don't want. I hope COVID doesn't make things difficult like it did for @Treeman and his wife. It's hard enough to make such a large move when older, let alone outside problems interfering.
Do you have grandchildren in London? My mother-in-law joined a lot of local activities after her second husband died. It sounds like your son and his wife will take good care of you and I'm sure you'll make friends within the first year.
Yes, I would hate to leave Devon also....there are so many wonderful towns and villages in the area, and so much to do. We liked it there, but they asked us which place would be easiest....and of course it was Bath. My father-in-law was from Bath, so that made it helped immensely. They had lived there off and on for many years.
But London....so much to do on any day of the week! Be careful and don't tire yourself out too much. Wishing you a good experience. Yours, Lenora.
Ha ha @lenora I am definitely not going to this place for the excitement! Actually where I will be is what was Surrey, now called Greater London, so very much on the outskirts, but it's true that the 'excitement' is only a short train ride away. I find crowded places scary though, so won't be going often I think.
No grandchildren with this son - not sure they will have any actually but I am OK either way.
There are many things to do there I know already. I plan to volunteer with Oxfam as I have been doing this where I am now. Also yes, hopefully I will make friends, and as I will be in a retirement flat complex, I hope people there will be friendly too as we are all in the same boat together. There are some lovely parks nearby, so I hope to go to them as I will miss my garden, and also my son and his wife have an allotment, and I can help them with that, or even get my own and share that with them as they want extra ground. It's a nice quiet space which I have already been to, and with some very friendly people to chat with.