Tag Archives: House

Being the passenger for once

25 Jun

Yesterday was a momentous day because I was able to take this photo from the passenger seat of my car…while it was moving.


And, I was able to do this because this man was in the driving seat.

It was also a momentous day because Josh managed to drive the car for 30 minutes without either of us dying, or either of us filing for divorce.

A momentous day indeed.

Josh hasn’t passed his test yet, but he’s nearly ready. However, rather annoyingly his instructor has decided to retire. How dare he get on with enjoying his life when Josh only needed a couple more lessons before his test!?!?!

Anyway, we figured that it would make more sense for him to be put on our car insurance rather than have to learn with a whole new instructor and car. Let the fun begin!

Also, on another note, is it slightly creepy that I keep taking pictures of other people’s houses and posting them on my blog?

Yes? Oh.

But SERIOUSLY, look how cute this house is.

It’s right at the end of a wooded valley (the same one as the dream house) along a track which is unsuitable for normal vehicles, in its own little glade. I don’t think these photos do it justice – it looks like a fairy house.

Can you blame me for wanting to share our discoveries?!


The Day the Dream Died

14 Jun

This evening Josh and I were taking a walk along the prom. We paused, as we often do, to look in the window of the estate agents near our flat and to point out houses that we like the look of.
My eyes were drawn to one cottage in particular, and Josh pointed it out at the same time.

Picture 1

And then we realised.

It was the dream house.

The dream house that we first found nestled high up in a wooden valley, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. I blogged about it in 2008. We were in love.

The dream house which we somehow continued to find our way back to, even though it was all boarded up. We even looked up on the housing register to find out who lived there, but apparently they didn’t want to sell it because it was a family house.

Picture 2

But not for long it seems. Now it’s for sale…and it sounds even more amazing now we know the full layout. (You can see the full specification here.)

Picture 5

So, today the dream dies. Even though I knew we were not really ever going to able to afford it we assumed – because it was boarded up- that it was going to be in a pretty poor state, and we didn’t realise how much land came with the property.
I jokingly blogged in 2009 that the owners might want to sell it to us for 20p, but it seems that they’re looking for £244,999.80 more than that.

 I don’t think that my volunteer salary can quite stretch to that. Sad times.

First Impressions

29 May

Attention people! Operation move Josh and Rachel has begun! I have reached a stage of barely concealed panic as I have just collected the keys for the new flat and have realised how much stuff we are going to have to cram into such a small space.

 I visited the flat in my lunch hour for a proper look round. It seems a little rough and ready in places but overall it’s nice.

new flat

I’m especially excited about the fact that…

  • We now have a proper comfy sofa, as opposed to the hard, tiny uncomfortable ‘sofa’ we had in the old flat which wasn’t suited to lounging or entertaining.
  • We have radiators and central heating and a BOILER opposed to useless storage heaters so we can be warm in winter and actually have hot water for washing up when we need it.
  • We have carpets! Okay, so they’re a bit raggedy but it’s better than laminate any day!
  • We have curtains rather than the weird blinds that we had in the last flat. Curtains! That open and close! I’m easily pleased…
  • We have a table in our kitchen which means we can keep the lounge just for sitting rather than dining!

I am not so excited about the fact that…

  • There still seems to be a lot of junk lying around from the previous tenant which will mean things will be even more cramped until we manage to get rid of it
  • There isn’t a space for the washing machine where we thought there would be. That means we are going to have to have it in the bathroom which is already small. It’s not ideal.
  • The bedroom is tiny!

We have around 15 people who have said they will help us with the move tomorrow. I just want it to be over! Anyway, why am I writing this when there is panicking packing to be done?!