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“Normal is all relative.”
― Alethea Kontis

Yesterday we moved the last of my furniture into the house and finished tweaking and putting up various bits and pieces. Unfortunately (or fortunately sometimes!) I’m such a home focused person that it was emotional and difficult – even more so this morning being back in my childhood room using the computer to write this blog with a lot of the things that made it my room missing. That will be one of the pulls over the coming weeks as I battle to continue with this challenge against the unfortunate situation of no internet (or phoneline!) in the new house until the builders decide to sort themselves out and co-operate with BT. Not to mention missing my parents (and Buddy) like crazy already and I haven’t even gone yet. I’ll only be five minutes down the road, it’s a lot tougher for William who has relocated miles and miles but it still feels quite painful to be ‘going’ even though I can be back here everyday for hours and hours if I want to.

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Rooms are funny things, they can hold hopes and dreams, thoughts and fears for countless years. Mine has done. It has been a little cocoon in a beautiful childhood home surrounded by very supportive and loving parents and family which make it very hard to make that leap and go properly without feeling tearful and as if something isn’t quite right. William told me recently that we’ve got our respective ‘rooms’ in the houses we grew up in and now we get to spread those important parts and bits we’ve grown up with amongst a whole house. It’s a nice thought and one we’re working hard on – the house felt a bit like a home yesterday when I arrived and bits and pieces were already there that we’d been putting up for the last few weeks. But indeed,  my childhood house stills feels like a home and I hope that never changes over the years to come. The important people within that house will, I imagine, feel closer and closer despite being a tiny bit further apart than we’re used to.

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Forgive me if my blogs are a little pictorial and less wordy over the coming weeks until I find my feet again and my words. I will start to prioritise the important things and visits ‘home’ will be spent catching up with my parents and hugging Buddy – and although the blogs may become less frequent, rest assured that I will be capturing a photo-a-day regardless and will share them as soon as possible.

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

 We have been planning to buy our first house for a good few months now, and we beat the alleged  hoards of people waiting on the plot that we wanted, and secured our reservation back in March. However due to the nature of the plot and the section 106 agreements, it was uncertain whether the Halifax would begin lending the mortgages on the plot and therefore we had a long and tedious wait (as they are the only lenders!) Towards mid April we received the good news that we could apply, and went ahead. The estate is brand shiny new on the outskirts of the local town, and the houses are beautiful. There are lots of facilities planned such as an Urban Park, football pitches, pub, community centre, school, tennis courts, cricket pitches and a sports complex. It’s situated on the edge of a busy motorway, but also on the edge of a beautiful forest – it has the best of both worlds.

This week, after the long Easter break and even more waiting for that amazing news that our mortgage offer had been made, we received it! Therefore after weeks of peeking at the plot and looking at the site, we allowed ourselves to finally get excited and start taking photographs! Our house is semi-detached and is the middle one in the photograph below…

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We even managed to find someone who worked on site (and it’s a huge site with an expected 1500 houses in the future) who kindly sought out our plot and took front and back photographs for us. So we have those to share too – (ignore the For Sale sign!)

house back

housefront

So now the exciting bit has begun, we’ve chosen a dining table and chairs today and we’ve ordered a sofa. Picking out colours for things is insanely difficult and we’ve had to make a hundred decisions in the last few weeks, more than in our whole lives put together!  But it’s nice at the same time, sad because we’re both moving on from our childhood homes but prospective for the future and for the things to come. We’ll keep things updated here as progress on the build continues and we hope (fingers crossed) for completion and build to finish in June!

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