On 27th July 2017, we packed up our home of 21 years and watched a lorry drive away with our life in it, to start a fresh new journey at the little house. Well, that year has gone incredibly fast and I won’t lie it’s not been all a bed of roses. So how has it been? Well, where do I start?
Firstly, as much as I think I had decluttered, boy I had no idea how much I still had. To be honest, I was in a lucky position to almost be able to start afresh with newer furniture etc., especially as a lot of our Epsom furniture just wouldn’t fit in the little house. It still was a learning curve though; but what I did learn was finally at this stage in my life, that to buy better quality certainly pays off. One of the best things we purchased was a dresser from Neptune. I couldn’t recommend them enough. The flip side of that, would be buying a leather sofa from Loaf. Don’t get me wrong, we still love it, although things I didn’t even think about when we ordered it, like being able to turn over cushions, or plump and move the position, we can’t as they only put leather on one side and also the cushions are cut with cut-outs etc., so only fit one space.
Next came our first lucky event. On a day walking the bears along the beach we saw a for sale sign on one of the huts; a quick call and the next moment it was ours.
I would always have thought of myself as a city girl, but since moving here, one of my highlights is being able to walk the bears on the beach; we all love it, and to be honest, I’m not sure who loves it more, the bears or us.
We’ve celebrated some lovely milestone events here, one being Simon turning 60 and then our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Also weather wise, we have had the most snow I’ve seen in many years, as well as the hottest summer this year.
Something that happened at the end of the 2017, was that I was asked to become a Trustee of our local community centre. Its certainly been one hell of a roller coaster, but its opened up a revenue of friendship that I would never had contemplated before. That’s where my biggest satisfaction has come from. I’ve made some amazing friends, and certainly consider myself blessed.
One of those bucket list moments came in our first year, when we were asked if we’d like our home to be in Your Home magazine. Its something I’m so proud off.
Our next lucky event came in the guise of an email from our local council one morning. We had finally moved into first place for an allotment. There is a lot of work to do on it, but isn’t that half the fun?
Finding my way around is still taking me a time to get my bearings; I’m forever asking Simon how far something is or how long it will take to get there. Where local shops are concerned, I’m just about finding new ones and we’re sampling new restaurants on regular basis, but again, that’s half the fun.
So what does the next year hold? Stick around and you’ll see. Cheers xx