After a week of moving boxes, furniture, an unhappy Cat and the remaining tat we’ve accumulated that hasn’t fallen victim to the life laundry (yet) by the 30th March we were finally ready to spend the first night in our new home. We still have tenancy of the rental until the end of April so we had the luxury of being able to move at a slightly less panicked pace than normal. We’ve settled in quickly, it feels like home already. We were still surrounded by boxes and chaos but we were in and ready to sit back, put our feet up, pour a glass of something cold, French and fizzy and celebrate being homeowners. (I’m still not sure about the armchair – but it can stay – for the moment).
The ineviatble pain that goes with keeping an outdoor cat in for as long as you can bear after moving house began.
The boxes that we still needed to unpack came in really handy as a makeshift wall to stop him from climbing the chimney as a possible escape route.
We had our first guest on Saturday. Garrett came over for a pub crawl, meal out and house warming. We had a lovely evening in Chippy and a delicious meal at Cafe Le Raj then headed home for a couple of drinks and a chill out with a movie.
I changed into my comfy clothes pre-movie and as I headed back down the aforementioned narrow, winding stairs I slipped down the bottom two steps. One leg went one way and the other leg stayed where it was. After a very bad night and a lot of pain we headed to The John Radcliffe on Sunday morning (which I am very happy to say is still our nearest A&E, it’s a great hospital and if it’s good enough for Harrison Ford it’s good enough for me) I wasn’t planing on crutches and a knee brace being my fashion accessories for my return to work on Monday! Luckily it was just a bad sprain and no ligament damage but damn – it hurt (and still does)
Well, that was a busy few months.
Sorry I’ve been absent for a while, there’s been a lot going on. For a start we seem to have bought a house!
On the 10th of March we became the happy owners (ok, mortgage payers) of a little bit of Chipping Norton.
After years of renting we’ve escaped the tyranny of landlords (and landladies) and can bang a nail into any wall we want happy in the knowledge that we don’t need to worry about filling the hole in again unless we want to.
We would have loved to buy a house in Oxford but with the house prices there at the moment we would have been lucky to get a shed within our budget so we looked at areas that were close enough to still be able to get in and out of Oxford easily on public transport. We wanted somewhere that was lively and interesting with a hint of countryside but not the full on village lifestyle. Chippy ticked the boxes.
We’ve got a lovely two bedroom cottage that’s been refurbished recently so we don’t need to do anything major inside (yet). There are a couple of negatives, storage space is very limited which means that I need to have a serious life laundry (more about that in another post) and the stairs are narrow, winding and evil (more about that in another post as well). There’s also no garden, just a small courtyard but we’ll figure out something to sort that (I’m going to apply for an allotment but Matt has no faith in me ever doing anything with it – watch this space). We have two parking spaces, which is a major bonus, and it’s a private road so not only are there only a few houses along the road (and the neighbours are all lovely and very friendly) but there are no cars rushing past so it’s safe for the boy.
We have a solution to the space/storage issue in a longer term project as we also own a little bit of land across from the house which we can build on. The plan is to build an outbuilding which will eventually become a man den/photography studio/general storage space. It has to be built in the same style and the same size as the existing garages/outbuildings and can’t be residential but other than that it can be everything we need.
So far we’re both loving life in Chippy and looking forward to exploring and getting to know the area and getting involved in the community. All change – again.