Wednesday, 30 September 2015

dSLR dump (9)

I can't quite believe my favourite month of the year is over - seriously, did anyone else's September disappear in the blink of
an eye? Maybe it's because life was so hectic this month, but I'm definitely going to miss all this...

So long September, my dear friend!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Phew! What a weekend; I know it's Tuesday and for most of you the weekend is a distant memory but today is my first day at work in five days, so my weekend has only just ended!

Why did I have the extra days off work, I hear you ask? Well, on Friday, Hubs and I moved into our beautiful new home. After months and months of planning, packing, selling possessions, and watching our house be built, we're finally in!

Obviously, we still have tons and tons to do to get the house how we want, but I thought I'd share with you three of my favourite corners so far; I'm sure more will appear as we set up and rearrange furniture :)

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, 25 September 2015

thoughts on moving

Today, Hubby and I move into our new house. 
We've lived in our current home for almost eight years; that's a huge chunk of time,
and of our relationship, in fact it's our entire marriage!

People have asked me how I feel about leaving our first home to move into a new build and I'm not too sure what to tell them. I'm not to sure how honest I can be. Today, on the day we finally move out, I'm going to be completely honest with you...
This is the house we're moving from; it's an ex-local authority home built in 1930.
In the almost eight years we've lived in this house, we've been burgled twice, had our car broken in to and had a neighbour's car come crashing through our front garden wall, at 6am on a Bank Holiday Sunday, while Hubs was away on a Scout camp, I might add. We've also struggled with noisy neighbours; two brothers who play their music so loud ornaments in our home vibrate! I can honestly say, this house has never really been a home. 

We moved in in October 2007 and our first burglary took place in July 2008; the second in February 2010. The second was worse than the first. Ok, so the first happened whilst we were in bed asleep upstairs, but the second took place when we were out at work. The scumbags who broke in, in broad daylight through a kitchen window, had as long as they liked to go through all our worldly possessions and they made a right mess. They took things of monetary and sentimental value, things that were irreplaceable; they trashed rooms and left both of us feeling totally unsafe in the one place on earth that we were supposed to feel safest. If you've never been a victim of burglary, I hope you never experience it because it truly leaves its mark; over five years later and I still always lock the door whenever I'm home alone. I hate spending the night alone, and I am fearful every time we leave the house. That being said, we did have a monitored alarm fitted after the second burglary and it has provided some sense of security, but nothing will ever erase the trauma we've experienced in this house. 

I think life here changed dramatically after that 2010 break-in; I think that's the point I can say we both stopped loving this house. 

I remember the day we got the keys to this house. We got a phone call about 11am to say we could collect them and our excitement was palpable. Hubs collected the keys on his lunch break and we both finished work at 4pm to go straight to the house - as we were living with parents, we decided to take two weeks to do up some rooms and then move in, on my 23rd birthday. We arrived at the house around 4:30pm and the lady who lived here before us was still moving out. Every single room still had stuff in! We were devastated. We decided to go back to my parents house for some food and return later with some things to move in. 

We returned about 9pm at night and she was STILL there. My mum was with us this time and she was furious. It turns out that the lady had been told that we'd be moving in the following day, something that had not been agreed. I actually broke down. I remember Hubs and I hiding in the upstairs bedroom, listening to the argument developing between the previous owner and my mum and I wished with all my might that she would just leave. She did. But there was this awful smell, which later turned out to be animal urine (she had a cat and a dog) and the front door was so damaged that we could only lock it from the inside. I climbed into bed that night emotionally exhausted and cried! I guess getting my own home hadn't been the fairy-tale I'd imagined. 

The following day, we ripped up carpets, and underlay because the pee had soaked through to floorboards, and began ripping off wallpaper and scrubbing every last inch of the place. When we moved in two weeks later I felt happier about the house; the day we got the keys had been so awful for me that I was worried I would always hate the place, but after two weeks of hard graft, I was beginning to fall in love with her again. That lasted about nine months, until the first break-in.

Sadly, we couldn't afford to move, because, trust me, if we could have afforded it before now, I would have. So, long story short, no I'm not sad about moving; I'm not sad to be leaving this house behind, because for such a long time I've not wanted to live here. 

Moving is a new chapter, a chapter which will hopefully include much less trauma and distress and much more laughter and happiness. I'm so thankful to have my gorgeous guy by my side through thick and thin because I honestly would not have got through any of this without him; he is truly my partner, my equal and my best friend!
And surely there's nothing better than moving house on your wedding anniversary!

Have a great weekend, 
but please bare with me over the next couple of weeks as I have no idea when I'll have time/internet to blog.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Tea Talk v.3

If you came round to my house today, I would offer you something to warm your bones on this autumnal Wednesday; I'd ask you to excuse the array of boxes cluttering up the place, ask you to tell me about your life and what you've been up to lately. I'd listen intently as you told me everything that's happening with you and when you asked me about my life, I'd tell you...

  • Things are all go with the house move; we've had our official moving date and IT'S NEXT FRIDAY! I cannot wait; it feels like it's taken us so long to get to this point and it still doesn't feel totally real, but I'm sure when we're sat around the table eating a fish 'n' chips supper out of the paper feeling absolutely exhausted from spending the day moving and we're surrounded by boxes, it'll hit us... and we'll want to burst with excitement!
  • Speaking of our new house, we got to have another look around on Sunday and this time there were no workmen or tools lying around and it was simply beautiful. I think we both fell in love all over again.
  • I've been so slack with this here blog in recent weeks, mainly because I've been so busy boxing things up, selling stuff, organising the move and getting ready to thrown bits out... and that looks set to continue, so please bare with me over the next couple of weeks as I prepare to move all my worldly possessions from one area of the county to another. I am sure that as the year draws to a close I'll share some snaps of our new home with you and I may even treat you to a 'Home Tour' #officialblogger
  • The weather recently has been shocking; regular readers will know that September is my favourite month of the year, but the downpours we've endured in recent days have been horrific! What's up with that, Mother Nature; where's the charming and comforting autumnal sunshine gone? I want it back, please. #thanks
  • I've got a stinking cold :( It came on yesterday but I've woken up today feeling even worse and sounding awful. It's come at the worse possible time because I have stuff I need to get done in the house ready for the big move, but last night all I did was curl up on the sofa and watch TV. I hope I'm feeling better by the weekend!

Happy Hump Day, blogland!

Friday, 11 September 2015

high five for friday

Happy Friday, peeps!
What a week; I'm stressed! I slept so badly last night because there is so much rattling around in my head. We're so close to moving that I don't know if I'm coming or going, and I can only seeing it getting worse over the next two weeks...

 Cup of Tea
Anyway, here are the highlights from my past seven days...

1 | We got so much done last weekend; it was such a good feeling.

2 | What on earth has happened to the weather this past week? It started off super cold...
 ...but yesterday and today have been beautiful (I actually have my flip flops back on today)!

3 | The 'congratulations' card I sent to by blogging bestie Kelly (on her recent engagement) finally arrived this week :)

4 | I've just found out from our developer's that the NHBC signed off on our house today so we're on schedule for moving at the end of the month!!

5 | We've got even more house-related stuff to get done this weekend, as well as a lovely meal out tonight to celebrate my cousin's birthday; then we're taking my parents to the airport at some godforsaken hour on Sunday morning.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

autumn is on its way...

I'm not especially crafty, but I do like to have a go at making the odd thing, 
especially if it's pretty simple.
This gorgeous autumn garland is as simple as can be and pretty cheap to make. Not only that but it looks great and you can put it just about anywhere; on a mirror (like me), on a fireplace or even across a photo frame! The possibilities are endless.

You will need: leaf template (print out in two different sizes), different coloured felt 
(red, brown, green & yellow), string, mini pegs, pins, red embroidery thread, a needle and scissors.
Step 1: Cut out the leaf templates and pin them to your chosen felt. Cut them out. 
Repeat this process until you have approx. 20 leaves.
Step 2: Using and embroidery thread, stitch veins onto each leaf, using a simple running stitch.
Step 3: Arrange your leaves along your length of string and peg.
Step 4: Hang and admire your handy work :)

I love it! It feels so very autumnal :)

**This post originally appeared on this blog in October 2013, 
but I love this garland so much I've decided to bring it back :)**

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Friday, 4 September 2015

high five for friday

Happy Friday, peeps.
How has your week been? It's been an odd week for me; I feel like I've been chasing my tail all week thanks to the Bank Holiday on Monday. Don't get me wrong, I loved the extra day off work but man, I hate having five days worth of work to do in just four.

Anyway, on with business...

1 | I guess the best thing from the past seven days is getting to see inside our new home for the first time; it was so much better than I thought and it helped cement our ideas, as well as change a few things we thought we wanted, or didn't want :) And just because I love you all, here's a sneaky peek at our kitchen...

2 | The second best thing from the past seven days has to be making £60 at a car boot last Sunday. We also got rid of two thirds of the stuff we took and I'm dropping the final third off at a charity shop later this afternoon.

3 | I got to wear my new wellies on Monday as it was p*ssing it down :)

4 | There's been a whole host of bad news in the media this week, but this YouTube video was something to celebrate and what a great way to announce a pregnancy :)

5 | We've got loads planned for the weekend, mainly to do with the house and our impending move. We're hoping to make a huge dent in our packing on Saturday, mainly because this is the last weekend we have nothing planned before the move at the end of the month. Wish us luck ;)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Focus: month eight

Happy Friday-eve, Blogland!
I'm so thankful that it's September (my favourite time of year). Autumn is on the horizon, Hubs and I will celebrate five years of wedded bliss later this month and, all being well, we will also move house!

At the beginning of 2015, instead of making a New Year's Resolution I wouldn't keep, I decided instead to focus; I'd pick one goal each month and stick to it. So far so good; well, that is, until now...

At the beginning on August I said "I've decided that my Focus Goal is going to be organise in order to remain focused on the move, which is set for September; I need to inform a ton of people/organisations that we're moving."

This has not gone so well. It was only last week that I realised I've only told our alarm company that we're moving - opps! So, I started by making a list of all the companies that we need to tell and set about working my way through it.

So far, I've emailed to transfer our TV License.
I've cancelled our boiler cover.
I've also taken meter readings and am going to call our supplier at lunchtime to get the ball rolling.
I'm also going to cancel my gym membership either later today or tomorrow because I can do it online.

But that's all I've done. The bank/credit card and O2 can wait until we've moved, so I'm not too stressed about them. I think Hubs and I are planning to sort loads of stuff out at the weekend within the house so that might be a great time to do anything we can do regarding letting people know who need to know, because I'm sure there must be a way to let the water board and the council tax know online.

At the beginning on August I also said:
"I need to continue packing"

"I'd like to do a car boot at the end of the month" 
We got rid of two thirds of our stuff and made a solid profit of £60 :)

"and I need to prepare myself mentally for the upheaval that I'm certain moving will be, despite my excitement!" 
I'm not sure how I could even do this. How do you mentally prepare to pack up all your belongings and move? I mean, I'm super excited but I've never moved a three bedroom house before, so I know my stress levels on the day will be through the roof. Although as I typed that sentence out, it occurred to me that it could be all smooth sailing on our part as long as we're organised and have everything ready when the moving truck pulls up... so that's my plan, again! To be organised and to get organised so that I can enjoy moving house and starting this new chapter in our lives.

Next time I do one of these posts, I will hopefully have moved!
So, until then :)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

dSLR dump (8)

Blue skies, golden corn fields, fragrant lavender, rugged heather, vibrant wellies,
August, you were bundles of fun!

Today signals the start of my most favourite month of the year... 
hello September, my dear, dear friend!