I cannot believe how excited about this I am! After all, I am moving to the Wrong Side of the Pennines, dragging my children away from an excellent school and their wonderful friends, and losing my own friends and contacts built up with a lot of hard work over the last 21 months.
But we spent the weekend in the house and I love it! It is enormous and spacious (though this may be because we haven't any furniture in it yet...) We camped for three days: sleeping bags on the floor, a kettle and a toaster our only source of hot food. It has a garden, and the children both wanted to play in it - only the weather put them off!
Having said that, it does have a few problems...
1 Night storage heaters: I hate them. Can't control the heat input, output or anything.
2 Decor. Least said the better.
3 1930's kitchen ("original cupboards") Actually, it is the 1980's taps on the sink that are the problem...
4 Too much flat roof. Peeling paper in one room.
5 No lintels over a couple of windows. Interesting movement in plasterwork there.
6 Dog smell from carpet.
So far we have achieved:
- Planting sunflowers in back garden (had to hack back rampant raspberries to get some space in the flowerbed)
- Planting cucumber seeds (please, please, germinate and survive: son desperate to eat his own grown food!)
- Planting rose bush (present from friend) (but where we expect we will put a driveway when all the renovations and alterations are pushed through - foolish? Probably.)
- Becoming members of the library.
Something tells me we have a long way to go!
I'll get around to visiting all your wonderful blogs when I am re-connected to the internet and have found my desk under all the boxes and worked out how to plug the computer back together.