A new chapter is approaching, quicker than I can quite comprehend and we will soon be leaving our current lovely little house by the river to move to a slightly bigger fixer upper that S and I are buying together (our current house was owned by S & a friend). Our current house was a repossession and full of so many things that needed attention, we have put so much love into it and had so many memories here. It’s the longest I have lived somewhere since I was 18 (and it’s only been 2 years 2 months in this house) and it will be strange to leave it behind. We are excited for the new house and the memories and projects there but this home will always have a special place in our hearts as our first home together. And it’s very special view of the river.
There are so many good memories from this house both big and small, from hosting family and friends, to painting everywhere and transforming it into a home, the way the golden light spreads through the whole house in the evening and the shadows on the white walls, the wild garden and all the birds, crickets, cats and butterflies that have moved in. The view at sunrise, at sunset, at any time of day. It’s obviously hard to pinpoint just one moment or memory. It’s just a special place that feels like you are almost in the countryside with views of the river and rolling hills but still close enough to the city that I can walk cycle or get the bus to the city or the sea.
Our bedroom here is tiny, but so cosy, and one of the only spaces that ever felt finished. It has been such a calming and lovely space – all whites and greys with river and rolling hills as the view. I will miss looking out of the window and seeing the view, taking it in, no matter what the weather is.
There was no heating or carpets when we moved in and the house was really just a shell, so the heating and carpets were the big projects that took the longest to complete and had us sleeping on camp beds for the first few months with loads of blankets.
We never got round to doing up the bathroom or sorting out the garden, but that’s okay as the new owners are apparently keen gardeners. We also never got the oven fully installed…ooops so we had been cooking on the hob or in the convection oven for a long time! Can’t wait to have an oven in our new place.
This is kind of a joke but also the first winter we lived when the house was freezing cold and had lots of holes, we had a bit of a mice infestation, and it took us way longer than we thought to catch them (and take them to the woods) – I am not a fan of rodents indoors
so, it’s onto the next exciting chapters, the new house is hopefully going to be a much more accessible space for our lovely older relatives who come and stay and also a bit more room to spread out and for S to have a proper space to work from. But lots of work to do first – we like a challenge though/S is super talented and knows all the DIY things 🙂