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Putting off what could be done tomorrow, today

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Tending my own garden

Old glass lantern slide of gardener

We’ve been living in our current place for a little over a year now. And over the past few months we’ve edged closer to getting the house sorted. It has been rewired, re-floored, re-carpeted, re-decorated, re-most things. We’ve found homes for stuff that never had a home. The place feels very much like home now, somewhere I’m reluctant to leave each morning and eager to return to every evening. Read the rest of this entry »

You can’t go home again

Yesterday, after a rather protracted move, we finally closed the door on our old flat, home for the past four and a half years. Seeing it empty, it was clearer than ever that we’d made the right decision to leave. The rattling windows letting in the sounds and the dirt from the main road outside. The peeling wallpaper. The localised damp. The old kitchen units, about to fall apart. While all these were minor issues, they all added up, especially when you have a letting agent and landlord with no interest in remedying any of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Regular Sunday Excuse Post

Yes, I’m afraid it is true dear reader – yet another week without me going on and on about something or other. While I’m sure those of you who subscribe are enjoying my sabbatical, I guess I might as well explain a little. We’ve just moved house, and I can certainly vouch for those reports and surveys that state that house is one of the most stressful activities one can undertake in life.

The actual move wasn’t so bad – the removal men were pretty amazing, being incredibly careful with all our worldly goods and being generally understanding and friendly and everything you need on such a stressful day. However, preceding events had meant the move was stressful before we’d actually moved in.

We’d given ourselves two weeks to sort the place out (the luxury of first-time buyers) but that time was swallowed up with a full rewire of the property, the elimination of woodworm and the replacement of many floorboards. Still, at least we got the carpets relaid and white goods installed. A busy two weeks, but not the gentle redecoration we’d had in mind. Rather, a building site with half the floor missing.

Yet, now we have a home of our own and any stress prior to moving in (or following it for that matter) is entirely worth it in exchange for the thrill of building a home with my long-suffering and ever-patient wife. Anyway, enough of the domestic update for now…posts of another nature (or a series of posts on the pitfalls of decorating) may or may not follow shortly! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

This week’s consumption report

Festive scene in shop window

That is consumption in the sense of consuming stuff, rather than suffering from tuberculosis, you’ll be pleased to hear. You may be less pleased to hear that this is a lazy link-heavy post. Anyway, this is what I’ve been consuming this week… Read the rest of this entry »