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Our new house

We finally moved into our new house at the end of August. We were quoted silly money for professionals to move us, so we ended up doing it ourselves with a ‘Man with a Van’ to move our big items. It cost us £200 instead of £1,2oo but it was a LOT of work!

My Mum and Dad brought their caravan up and helped us. My Dad did loads of the physical stuff and my Mum was amazing at entertaining the children whilst we got on with stuff.

On the day we moved, my cousin who lives in Australia turned up and asked to stay. He stayed for the first week we lived there and he was really really useful! He built beds, and climbing frames and patio tables and did pretty much anything we asked of him. He is touring around Europe on a motorbike for a year and so he said it was nice to ground for a bit and feel useful. When it left, it felt weird not to have him around. The spare room will forever be referred to as ‘Andrew’s room’ haha

The house itself has been really well built and there have been no major snags. The turf in the garden is absolutely amazing, and I keep having to mow it every 6 days to keep it manageable!

My Dad and Stacy built the chickens a new 5 star coop.

I have mostly indulged myself and bought new stuff everywhere. We have got a new superking size bed, new sofa, new bedding, curtains, light fittings, fridge, furniture, bedroom suite, TV, rugs, desks, shelves…..I really went a bit mad and let myself have everything I wanted straight away. It’s left us with a significant amount of debt on credit cards, but we are sensible people have have worked out how to get it paid off before the interest free period ends (and I have a whole house full of beautiful new things!)

The first few minutes of living in our new house:

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Charlie ‘helping’ lay the carpet underlay

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My sister and brother helped paint Rosa’s room PINK!

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We camped in the house the first night as beds hadn’t been moved yet, and carpets weren’t finished but no one wanted to go and sleep in the old house again!
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I’ll do another post with all the rooms finished. I am still doing a mural on Cleo’s walls, and there are still boxes to unpack a month later…

So far living here has transformed our lives. I can’t express how much some extra space is so meaningful.

The children have a play room, so all the toys that were once in the lounge are now in there, leaving my lounge a haven of tidyness and cleanness. They occasionally bring the odd toy into the lounge, and I tolerate it a little, but make them put them back when they are finished!

I have a study. All my craft projects that used to lay around the lounge are now all living in there. All  my wool craft, my stamps, my foam supplies, the printer, and everything else that I accumulate is all behind a door that can be closed, again freeing up the lounge from mess.

I have a utility room, so all my dyeing that I used to to in the kitchen now has it’s own space. All the washing that used to hang around the kitchen in baskets can be put out of the way. When it is finished and needs hanging up, I have a spare room with airers and an iron layed out. No more moving around the drying washing to get to things. (It used to frequently be in the hallway or dining room and used to drive me CRAZY).

The children all have a room each. They were all sharing the same room before, and the older two have found it impossible to adjust to. Rosa has a double bed, and Charlie has bunk beds, and pretty much every night when we go to check on them, they are sleeping in the same bed as each other. It’s pretty cute, and I am fine with it.

My kitchen is huge in comparison to what I had before. There is cupboard space for everything and surface space for prep and serving. I used to serve food on the draining board or on the cooking gas rings. There is a table in the kitchen for breakfast and it makes for a nice family atmosphere having it there.

Our driveway has space for 3 cars! Amazing when we only had space for 1 before and had other cars on the road or in imaginative places.

The garden backs onto trees and it is just lovely. So peaceful and full of wildlife.

We have nice neighbours, everyone moved in on the same day, so we were all very open and chatty with each other.

I think we are going to be very happy here🙂

 

At Last

So at the end of July, we moved house. It was hectic, it was exhausting, it was wonderful. Pretty much straight afterwards we went on holiday, and then Stacy was back to work and we began our life in our new home.
For the whole of that time we have been without internet. Yes. In this day and age, they can build new houses, and charge the bloomin’ earth for them, and still not make sure that the infrastructure to support them in present.

So there were no phone lines available in our area.

I never knew you could run out of phone lines.

hey shrugged their shoulders, they told us they had no plans to put anymore in. They would update us when they had news. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Inconvenience? Is it really that these days? I wouldn’t consider a phone line a luxury myself. People have had phone lines in their houses since Queen Victoria was on the throne.

Internet. Is that a luxury? Perhaps. If you think about the rest of the world, it is probably a luxury. It is beyond shelter and food and water and safety indeed. But without internet, I felt completely cut off from the world.

My phone ran out of data within a few days, and 100mb of data was like £10 a pop, and I could quickly see us becoming bankrupt with the amount of data I would usually consume.

We had to take our case all the way to the CEO of BT to get something done about it, and even then it wasn’t quickly.

The internet was connected about 10 minutes ago and I am making this blog post as the 2nd thing once connected.

I just ran a speed test.

I am getting 1.57Mbps. I swear dial up would be better than that. We are told there is no fibre available and none planned to be added. I’ve heard that before. They have shrugged their shoulders again.

Anyway, this is the reason for my blog silence of many weeks. There is lots and lots to catch up on, and I will start at the beginning and work my way though it all soon enough!!

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I thought it was about time for a little Cleo update.

She is just so damn cute and lovely at the moment! She is certainly a talker, and quite often a little singer as well. She can sing the whole song of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and get some of the words in the right places as well as some of the right sounds in other places.

She has just this week started putting two words together, such as ‘Mummy, up!’

She has started spotted herself in mirrors like in the bedroom, or in the car and pointing at herself saying ‘Cleo there!’

She is always in a good mood, always smiling and very loving. Her ‘duddles’ are the best in the world, as she pulls you in tight, snuggles her face in, and with a spare hand she strokes your face or your hair. I could duddle her for ages.

We tried to get her to pronounce it ‘cuddle’ and ever since then, when playing she will start randomly saying to herself…’c,c,c,c,c….duddle!’ I want her to say duddle forever.

She likes cleaning her own teeth, and will sometimes let me finish them off.

She tells me when she has done a poo, and is also becoming aware of when she is doing a wee wee. Potty training should be easy with this one.

She and Charlie have a very special bond. He adores her and she adores him.

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She has developed an awesome laugh. It is deep, and throaty and sounds almost devious. She makes us all fall apart laughing when she gets the giggles. I am currently listing to her having a bath upstairs and she is cackling away. People always comment on my raucous  laughter. I suspect she inherited it from me.IMG_0597-1-2

She is a very good girl at sleeping, and 80% of the time will sleep though without disturbing me. She alternates between a cot in our room and a cot in the siblings room. As soon as we move, she will have her own bedroom and I suspect she will enjoy having her own space to fall asleep in.

She still has milk in the evenings and in the mornings.

She has become a little more attached to her dummy recently (she can say dummy perfectly) and she needs it to fall asleep when laying in her cot.

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Charlie boy is 6! We didn’t have a party for him this year, instead asking him what outing he would like to do. He chose a day on the Norfolk Broads, and we invited my Mum and Dad to come along as well.

We hired a nice boat with a toilet, a sink and a fridge as well as a good sized covered area and cabin and hired it for 8 hours.

The weather was very lovely, and we were very lucky as we have had minging weather recently!!!

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He had his cake and opened some presents on board as well which was novel!

My Mum made him a super hero cape. He is very into super heroes at the moment despite refusing to actually watch any. He likes the comics, the toys and the posters etc… as well as acting it out with his friends, but the cartoons and the films scare him. He is still a very sensitive little thing.

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Long term readers may remember I was very upset at his birthday last year as his sheer lack of joy in the proceedings, and his lack of being grateful for his gifts. This year was very very different. He was pure joy all day. He loved his presents, and was polite and thankful for everything we did for him. I am very proud of the progress he has made in a year. The changes we made to our parenting have definitely helped.

IMG_0151-1IMG_0222-1Still can’t quite believe I am mother to a 6 year old.

 

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I sobbed that he wasn’t my baby any more. He assured me he still was, and always will be❤

Rosa the confident

Confidence in a child is mostly a good thing.

But today, Rosa scared the living shit out of me.

My friend and her neighbour are feuding and involving police etc..
The neighbour who isn’t my friend has been reporting my friend to the RSPCA daily for leaving her chickens whilst she is on holiday. They are in a large enclosed coop with lots of food and water.
But anyway as the RSPCA are calling on her house daily and leaving notices stuck to her door, she got her Mum to mail me a key and asked me to go and check on them.
So today I went in, unlocked her front door, went through her back door and into her garden. Opened the coop and removed the eggs and checked they were all ok.
Then I couldn’t get the coop closed again and spent like 15 minutes trying to close it.
When I finished I called Rosa to come out from wherever she was and there was no answer. I frantically searched the garden and house and she was no where.

I went out onto the street and accosted a man who was pulling onto his drive and said in a blind panic ‘help me!’

It occurred to me she may have decided to go home to our house, so went to get the key to lock up Emma’s house, but the key was gone.

I realised at this point, she had taken the key, thinking it was our house key and had gone home. I left kind neighbour at the front door to guard from burglers and also to look out for her possibly returning and  I ran the two streets (and 2 roads!) home to find her in our garden.

I was beyond livid! I ran back to Emma’s house to relieve the kind man and lock up her house and returned to ours to try and instil in Rosa just how bad what she had done was. She didn’t seem to get why I was so upset. She is so headstrong and confident it’s unbelievable!

We had a lovely weekend with my Mum last week. Charlie misses seeing my Mum as much as he used to before he started school. We went to a historic Anglo Saxon site and it was very hot!

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