We’re now officially rural dwellers. We moved from Brighton (via Horsham) to Northamptonshire earlier this week and it’s been such a whirlwind.
It’s the first time we’ve bought a home together and it’s been oh-so stressful! For a long time there was something to sort out with the solicitors or estate agents or a problem with someone in the chain every single day. Add to that the fact that I’m five months pregnant AND quit my job all at the same time and I’m sure you can imagine how exhausting it’s been.
I’m so glad the move is over and we’re finally in our lovely new home.
Although the house is liveable and has been gorgeously decorated, it’s going to take us a while to get everything fully sorted. My mother in law (well, boyfriend’s mum as we’re not married but same difference) has come with us and will be moving into an outbuilding in the garden which first needs converting into an annex. In the meantime, Rob’s starting work on it himself as getting her set up in her home is the priority, and then sorting our own home out – as well as decorating the nursery and buying all our baby bits – comes second.
So I think we’re going to be living around boxes for a while but we’ve been doing it for about six weeks already so we can cope with it for a little bit longer.
This means I haven’t really been able to take any photos of the inside of the house, but I have taken a hella lot of the garden.
As well as being closer to my family and the house itself, the garden was one of the other things I’ve been really excited about. We’ve got a lovely outdoor space split into a number of sections: there’s a patio where we’ve been sitting to eat our breakfast in the sunshine every morning, a pond surrounded by plants that attract butterflies and bees, a decent-sized lawn, vegetable patches, a cider apple orchard and a chicken coop housing three real life chickens!
I can’t believe how chilled and happy the chickens have made me. It’s hilarious to see them bounding over every day when we quietly open the gate to check on them and have a little natter. I’ve already been making feeding enrichment toys for them to keep them – and me – entertained.
It’s a massive lifestyle change and it’s going to take quite a while to get used to. I have to remind myself every day that this is OUR house. It’s the first time I’ve lived somewhere that isn’t rented and that I can do anything I want with. I actually feel proud of my home for the first time ever and have a garden that I want to spend time in.
There are some things we want to do to both the house and the garden, but for now it’s suiting us just fine.
Today we’ve got some family and friends coming over for a BBQ, partly as a belated birthday celebration and partly as a housewarming, and I’m so excited about it. I hope it’s the first of many garden parties!