Look, I don’t want to go too much into this right now, but the electrics around this place have got me rather concerned. Some of the light fittings seem to have come from the 1950s (note that the house was built in the early 80s, although that doesn’t preclude some of the light fittings being from the 1950s, I suppose). Some of the wiring also appears to have come from that time.
The previous occupants also had a thing for downlighters. Each of them with a 50W bulb in. And there are so many of them! Like literally 60-odd in the whole property. I’ve been doing some rudimentary calculations, and I’ve worked out that we simply can’t afford that sort of electricity bill. And so the long, slow, ‘spensive process of replacing them all with sensible LEDs begins now. Well, not now. It’s half past nine at night. So “just now”.
Yesterday was our last night in what has been our home for the past 15½ years. The home into which we brought our newborn children from the hospital. The only family home they have ever known, and which has seen them grow into young adults. The home which we have worked so hard upon to make our own, with all our creature comforts.
And now we move on.
The new place is all about Location, Location, Location. While it’s perfectly livable, it needs work, it needs updating, it needs all our creature comforts. It’s going to be a huge amount of effort to get it to where we want it. But we have done this before and we will do it again. And this time, we have a better, safer, bigger place to do it in.
We’ve cleaned it top to bottom yesterday, and moved some of our stuff in. Today, the team with the big lorry are coming around to move the bulk of our stuff, and on Monday, we hand over the keys to this place to another young family, who I hope will enjoy our home as their home for years to come.
We’ve been too busy to concentrate on our feelings for the past few days. Once the pressure is off (this evening?), it’s going to be interesting to see what comes out.
I will likely accompany whatever it is with some brandy. Safety first for the first night in our new place.