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Moving house earlier this month was one of the most strenuous, stressful, scary and time consuming things I’ve done in many years. At the same time, it has been an enlightening, liberating, joyful but very tiring experience.Front room

This is not the first time I’ve moved house, not by a long chalk, but it’s the first one since I became a sexagenarian – I was worn out right through the following week and now, two weeks later, one elbow is still giving me trouble. Tschh!

However, all the boxes are now unpacked or in the attic waiting for decisions (do we open them? do we leave them until the next move? – if there is one, or [my preferred option] do we throw them away?).

Sharon has done a magnificent job of turning the house we bought, into a home. It really does feel like we’ve lived here for ages now. I wish I had the patience 🙂

Our new home has a very modern kitchen. It’s all coloured glass, superbly made, considerately designed and yet, utterly impractical. It is lovely, don’t misunderstand me, but it’s not what I – the chef, would have designed. All except for one cupboard is too high for Sharon to easily use and some are too high for me to use regularly. So I assume that the previous occupants used them more for long-term storage than for everyday use. There are voluminous drawers under the work surfaces – they hold cutlery, crockery, ceramic cooking vessels and all of my knives and cooking tools. There’s even one that cuts around the double sink, allowing us to store cleaning products in the narrow channels. But, it seems such a shame to open one of these multi-purpose drawers to simply take out a knife – surely they will wear out/break in time. Who knows!Slawit

Having said all that, the kitchen is our new home’s focal point and I love it. It is huge; it is full width of the house and half its depth. The fitted cooking appliances are either Smeg or Neff, so there’s no lack of quality there. We’re currently researching new appliances to fit in too.

We’ve always had a scarcity of fridge space and I’ve previously used up to three small freezers to accommodate the cooking I do. We want to start again with cold storage, so began by looking at ‘American’ fridge-freezers. But they are not like American fridge-freezers! Certainly not like the ones I’ve seen at Gail’s house(s), all of which have vast spaces that can store all manner of groceries and ‘stuff’. We therefore look like settling on buying one of each – a larder fridge and a compatible (same size, same look) freezer. We’ll see.

Since leaving Linthwaite in 1996, I’ve not lived in a house where I’ve had to climb a full set of stairs. I have lived in bungalows, ground floor flats or more recently a split level house where no more than six or seven steps were needed to be climbed at a time, to any floor – so now that we have a wide Victorian style staircase to climb every time we go to bed (or the loo) – we can relish the thought of maintaining our fitness. As long as our knees hold out. 🙂

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Finally, we have signed to sell our house. [see] We move out next week.

After four years of trying, we are finally able to look forward to moving house.

Home for 11 years

Selling wasn’t an easy decision; we love where we live and have been here for almost eleven years, but as I get closer to retirement age, we simply cannot afford to stay. We are leaving our large and increasingly unmanageable garden at its very best: the rhododendrons are in full pink and lilac bloom, both laburnums are dripping shiny bright yellow flowers and the flouncy, crimson peonys are about to bloom; now just a couple of days away from opening. It all looks gorgeous.

Yet the house we have found to move to has no garden.

Who knew what compromises we would make when the time came? We each had a mental list of what we could and couldn’t do without as we moved down the housing ladder, but ‘no garden’ wasn’t on either list. Yet, on the plus side of the move is the fact that our new home will be right in the centre of Slaithwaite, our local village and with that location comes easy shopping, easy transport and easy walking/cycling.

Golcar church

Where we live now, there are no roadside footpaths and each of the bigger villages is one and half miles away. Buses come (on average) every 90 minutes (one per hour during the day but not 8.30am or 3.30pm – every two hours after 6.00pm and every two hours on a Sunday): so having trains and buses close by should improve our mobility.

Our new (to us) house has three good-sized bedrooms, two of which have stripped-back-to-brick chimney breasts, there’s a WC with bath and separate shower and a fair sized attic storage area. The living room also has a stripped-back feature chimney breast, into which we hope to fit a multi-fuel stove. The south-facing kitchen is huge; full width of the house. It is fitted with colourful Ikea (we think) units and has French Windows opening onto a Juliet Balcony, which overlooks the village itself, and the slightly more distant hills.

The house is one of three (six really) formed from what was once a British Legion club. Each of the main three houses has a separately owned one-bedroom under-dwelling, utilising what would once have been the cellar area.

So there we are – moving house. Scary but exciting times.

 

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