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First day in our New House [20090715|16:41]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Right, who wants to see our new house? It has two floors, three bedrooms, one full bathroom, one downstairs toilet. It has had only two previous sets of owners: the first, the lady who bought it when it was built in the 1930s and lived in it until she died aged 95 and the second, the two chaps who after much wrangling, sold it to us.

The bloke invites you in for a tour.



The front bay window.

This is going to be replaced as it's all rotten.

The rest of the front room.

Please note ancient fireplace, which we plan to keep. Although we'll probably replace the hearth. Assuming we have any money left after installing central heating.

The kitchen, before and after.


We spent all day scrubbing & bleaching the kitchen (and bathroom). If you say you can't see any difference, I shall probably cry.

Into the bathroom!

This is one of the few parts of the house to have been renovated since 1972 (possibly earlier).

The shower is awesome.

The shower is awesome - hot and good water pressure. That's all I really care about for a bathroom anyway, other than that it's clean.

Master bedroom.

Part of me wants to keep that funky little gas fireplace, but I know it's just not practical. Also note minging carpet. The previous owners had five cats. I think it's going to have to be steam-cleaned, but we won't bother replacing it until the central heating gets done.

Master bedroom.

This is part of what frustrated me so much when we first saw this place. It deserves to be fixed up properly. Not like this!

Second bedroom.

Lined with bookshelves. Again, nice concept, execution leaves much to be desired.

Studio.

This is so not the third bedroom. This is my art studio. Observe me staking my claim.

Come into the back garden.

If you dare!

Welcome to the jungle.

There are some gorgeous plants in here, they've just been neglected for over a year.

All hail the giant rhubarb of doooooom.


Sad Pond, with Chair.

Full of extremely happy frogs, though. Which is great because it means it's not full of those harbingers of evil: mosquitoes.

The neverending garden.

There are allotments behind us, which makes up for being on a main road in front.


I'm still wrapping my brain around the notion that we own this place. I had completely talked myself out of the idea that it would happen after being messed around by the sellers. I was ready to spend a few more months in London. Now I'm looking at becoming a Cantabrigian at the start of next month, I have a mortgage and I'm moving in with the bloke. This life thing, it putts along and lulls you into a sense of complacency, and then suddenly everything explodes at once. Tricksy life.
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[User Picture]From: inahandbasket
2009-07-15 15:50 (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOT!
That looks fantastic. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:41 (UTC)
Yes, it's going to be a lot of work, but I think it'll be well worth it.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2009-07-15 15:53 (UTC)
looks amazing, i am so happy for you both! xxx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:42 (UTC)
Thank you. Targeting October for the housewarming!
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[User Picture]From: 3g0
2009-07-15 16:05 (UTC)
the pond/chair made me laugh. That is VERY morose, poor chair.

The place looks AWESOME, I also love the whole wild garden aesthetic in the back. Congratulations to you both.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:45 (UTC)
I recall seeing the garden a few months ago and I'm pretty sure that chair was standing elsewhere at the time. I wonder when it decided to commit seppuku.

Thanks! We don't want to clean it up too much, especially with all the beautiful randomly scattered plants, but there does need to be at least a small patch near the house where we can put a barbecue. Mmm, roast meat.
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[User Picture]From: wiggyfish
2009-07-15 16:18 (UTC)
Eee. What a wonderful house -- and garden, oy. Thanks for posting pics!
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[User Picture]From: wiggyfish
2009-07-15 16:19 (UTC)
Also? Eee.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2009-07-15 16:29 (UTC)
Awesome. The place is beautiful. I love the wilderness in the back.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:47 (UTC)
Yes, we don't want to clean it up too much but there are also grand plans for vegetable patch and possibly beehives...
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-07-15 16:46 (UTC)
Awesome place, especially the garden and the cute little upstairs fireplaces!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:49 (UTC)
Part of me really doesn't want to take out those fireplaces but they might just be in the way especially once we get a heating system in there. :-/
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:50 (UTC)
Thank you. I don't know that I'll get too much say in what happens to the back garden - it was the tradeoff for me laying claim to the third bedroom as my studio!
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2009-07-15 16:57 (UTC)
When can I become the live in massage therapist!
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From: pbristow
2009-07-15 21:41 (UTC)
Same day I become the garden gnome. =:o}
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2009-07-15 16:59 (UTC)
Get some MORTGAGE!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:54 (UTC)
Did you know that mortgage means "dead pledge"? Cheerful, those French, hey?
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2009-07-15 17:14 (UTC)
SO exciting :D!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:55 (UTC)
Very! You'll have to visit, hmmm?
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2009-07-15 17:16 (UTC)
I am looking forward to updates on doing it up. It's great! I like the glasses of wine after a hard days scrubbing. This is so exciting!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:56 (UTC)
Yes, I refuse to forgo the little pleasures while we're working on it. :-)
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[User Picture]From: swerve
2009-07-15 17:17 (UTC)
Wow. This is so cool! The back yard is so fantastic. You look happy. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:57 (UTC)
I am happy, and somewhat bewildered. I hadn't expected this to happen so I'm having some difficulty adjusting to the upcoming slew of changes.
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2009-07-15 18:25 (UTC)
oh my god dude. omg. wow. this is awesome! this rules! its lovely!



i am excited for you. :D



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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 23:00 (UTC)
It's exciting! I'm committing to staying somewhere. This is bizarre. I'm happy, but also a bit breathless and dazed.
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[User Picture]From: leezechka
2009-07-15 19:03 (UTC)
Adorable!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:58 (UTC)
Hurrah! Renovators unite.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2009-07-15 19:04 (UTC)
Can my prospective puppy and I move in with you? ;_;
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-16 22:59 (UTC)
I suggest you wait until we get central heating, or this winter will be very, very cold.
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