This time last year we were just settling into the rented house and stripping out the last bits from the old house. I can remember feeling sad when we left the old house in the evenings, and a bit anxious as to whether we were doing the right thing - as, after all, the house could not have been THAT bad if we lived in it for 3 years...could it?!
Here we are a year later, in our marvellous living room and super glad that we took the plunge and went for it! We will always have memories of the old house and some of it still lives on in the new house, but we are warm, safe, have running hot water (all the time!) and don't need the heating on in April...that's just some of the advantages of the new versus old house!
The jobs list is still growing and shrinking - the ensuite gym is now sorted and only missing some shoe racks, the main store cupboard upstairs is now racked out after a day of drilling and levelling with one eye on the Grand National and the Boat Race.... The cats have found their favourite spots based on the time of day... The next challenge is getting some blinds sorted out for the dining and living room so that we can keep some of the sun out and off the furniture. After a load of hassle with Hilary's blinds we have found a local company who are coming this weekend (fingers crossed that they do turn up!).
Then we will focus our efforts on the garden for a while to take advantage of the nice weather - after all, the upper patio won't build itself!