It is funny how when you look at a house with people’s furniture you just don’t seem to notice how much decorating and tweaking is actually needed. Walk into an empty house and it looks a whole lot different!
Yes we are all moved in and gradually settling. I confess to having a general feeling of shell shock and a little bit disoriented. Sleeping like a student on the floor with only a main light to read at night and having a line of mixed up chairs in the sitting room, old people house style and perhaps you can see why.
Add to that no washing machine or dishwasher (yep don’t ask!).
That is some of the negative out-of-the-way but we seemed to have lovely neighbours on one side. The other side is in a nursing home so it quiet on that front. Coming from a detached house means it is quite interesting living again in a terrace. My favourite home of all was in fact a terraced house but I do not remember the walls being quite so easy to hear through! On the plus side this means that you think before you raise your voice to any level above a normal talking voice.
The house despite needing far more cosmetic work than we first realised does have a nice feel to it. If it contained all of our stuff, a bed for us (the kids are living in luxury of course!), a sofa in the right room (another don’t ask!), a table and chairs (my laptop is being used currently on my lap!), my washing machine & a our dishwasher as my hands are looking older by the day.
So the paint pots are being cracked up, but not until we put up lining paper and scraped off the old stuff! Yep older houses charm and feel come with the penalty of a lot of harder work before you can even start. Of course the best things in life are worth waiting for and I am worth it right!!!
The massive job of de-cluttering and sorting seems quite small compared to the jobs we have ahead but just starting Oscar room it already looks so much brighter and lighter and it is a satisfying job to get done, honest!!! Well it is satisfying once you left it for a bit then look and think ‘Yep that does look so much better’.
So yes we are gradually settling in, it was nice to be able to pop into Bath with Bex yesterday and nice to have a meal out with my Dad on Saturday at the lovely village of Lacock without either of us having to have a 3-4 hour drive back home after!
I am hoping this will be a happy home for us and I really feel we all deserve a little bit of extra happiness our way after the last 18 months or more we have had. It is going to take a bit of getting used but I know our choice was a good thing, I just need to put my patience in place now! The dogs are settling in well, as they say it is a dog’s life!
Here is to a happy new home and new beginnings.
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