...when you keep checking the calendar every 15 minutes just to see what day it is.
It's Sunday, I woke up at 8 AM (gah!) and I've got a deadline tomorrow. (In fact I've got three deadlines, but let's not get into that.) I just wanted to show you these:
They are the keys to our new home (Our. New. Home. I feel slightly dizzy just thinking about it.) that we bought on Friday. I just realized that they're on top of Shedir (a PDF!) which I used to knit to get rid of the whole stress of house-hunting. How's that for irony? I've been keeping you in the dark because I was afraid I would jinx the whole thing by blabbing too soon about it. This was the third time we made an offer on a house and we lost the two previous ones to a higher bidder, so I guess I was waiting for it to happen this time, too. Also, it happened really fast: we bought it just 11 days after we saw it for the first time, and in that time we even had a guy to test the place for moisture (just to be on the safe side). We were hoping to get a house with a big yard but the prices were so ridiculously high that we decided to settle for a single-storey terraced house (a row house).
The local parish has rented it out for the last 30 years and it's been empty since February, so it needs quite a bit of renovation, but the rooms are spacious, the backyard is lovely and the price was right for us. When the area was built in the 70s, it was quite a novelty: cars use the streets on the outskirts and in the centre there is a labyrinth of paths for the pedestrians to use. (If you haven't figured this out by now, we try to be as ecological as possible and we walk, cycle or take the bus everywhere. We don't have a car, but my SO would like to get a scooter.) Our house is on the perimeter of the area, so there's a park, some woods and a duck pond nearby. We love it.
I won't bore you with pictures of more or less drab rooms, but here's one photo of the backyard (Instead of the London flower show report I promised last time, sorry about that. Things have been kind of hectic here.). There are some roses, rhododendrons and a myriad of flowers I have no idea what they are, but for the most part it looks like this:
As soon as we get settled, I need to attack it with a machete and a shovel.
Must dash now, but I'll try to get some pictures when we start painting the walls. Woohoo!