Category Archives: Moving House
This week I was reminded why we made the right decision to move to Colchester. We’d done our time in St Albans and it was loosing its appeal. It’s full of 4×4/people carrier driving stay at home mums and wankers in Saabs and Jeeps who are more interested in material things than actual real life. St Albans is a very good advertisement about all that is wrong in this country at the moment.
Colchester is nearly as affluent in parts as St Albans but the residents have a much better outlook on life. There is an even balance of people and everyone seems genuinely willing to help one another.
Colchester is also much more beautiful than St Albans and even though I sometimes feel the commute is a little longer it’s more than worth it.
There is a huge wealth of parks and woodlands and most notably for us is the small protected wood to the rear of our house and the oak meadow and meadowland literally opposite our front door.
During my commute on Thursday evening I had time to notice it was particularly spring like. It was warm. Sunny. And there was a beautiful February sunset to accompany my journey.
Once you get past Chelmsford things get very rural and its lovely to see fields of green packed with rambling like stock, weirs, brooks and cute villages scattered around the landscape.
I have to pinch myself when I realise we have been residents of Colchester for nearly 10 months already and I love our new home more and more every day.
Richard, Brandy and I have settled in so well and it really does feel like home. Rather than someone’s house which we rented and occupied.
Of course we’re now past the initial move in phase and are considering how to upgrade the house to suit our tastes and requirements.
This starts with a visit from an Interior Designer on Saturday and includes plans for freshening up the hall and adding feature walls to the living room and our bedroom.
We have already made some changes as I have reported in the past and recent editions include our new security system. A system which caused us by some happy accident to discover our front door is made of steel and not of wood as we thought. Imagine our surprise when we tried to drill into it and the drill bit buckled!
We still have lots of friends to come and stay and some who have been many times already but it pleases me (us) that everyone is so taken-aback by what we have acquired.
Richard and I work damn hard and it’s nice to see the fruits of our labour baring ripe morsels.
Long may it continue and long may we have lots of pleasure in finding new and exciting (as well as familiar and routine) things to do in Colchester, Essex, Suffolk and beyond.
Anyone who criticises Essex and it’s people need to move away from the mindless media stereotypes and come in further from London. You will be pleasantly surprised.
As we have completed some work on the house and had a few changes such as our new sofa, the tiling we have put up in the kitchen etc., I thought I would record another video so that you can take an additional tour around our new home.
I hope you enjoy the walk through.
If you missed the original tour you can watch it here.
I am a fan of design and interior blogs and magazines (especially since starting to buy a house) and it dawned on me that I could achieve the close shot, arty photography that graces all those sites, especially since we now have a smart new house to show off.
So here, in a collection of simple, focussed photographs I present 186.
I have put together a brief video tour of our new house. It’s not quite the same as being here but we are so proud of our new home that I wanted to share it with you…
It’s our house and it is actually in the middle of our street (sort of!)
We had quite a hectic period moving and as you can imagine we are nearly finished, there are a few things left to do. Obviously want to blog throughly about the move as it’s such a major event in both our lives but for the moment you will have to make do with the video as I don’t have much free time.
Suffice to say we love our new home and all three of us seem to have settled in very quickly.
I hope you enjoy my little tour…
We have been searching on or off for the last 2 and a half years and it’s been an emotional slog. We had a very near miss 6 weeks ago and have managed to bounce back in a very small amount of time to view, consider, purchase, complete and own a house in a part of the UK which was not on our original radar.
I haven’t mentioned the house or the move that much as it has been very stressful and to be honest we have been to tired to not want to go on and on about it. I also feel that some things should remain private and have been of a view not to announce anything until now when we have the keys and are confirmed home owners.
I say “have the keys” as we took ownership yesterday, upon doing so we set up a few bits and loaded the car. It’s not the easier of moves as it’s 70 miles from where we are now.
We’ve also exchanged and completed on the same day as the house we have bought is brand new and was ready to move into.
So after 9 years in St Albans, we say goodbye to Hertfordshire and hello to Colchester in Essex. Yes I am a little apprehensive about the move because I know little about the town or the country, but to be honest that is the same situation I was in when I moved up here from Devon 11 and a half years ago!
We tried various places in the UK with a varying degree of success with viewings etc. Ultimately we have to be commutable for London and can get to Liverpool Street in approx. 55 minutes so it’s not too bad. The railway station is a short walk from the house so that is a huge bonus.
We’ve purchased a 3 bed, 3 story town house and it is giving us much more than we could ever wish for. An equivalently priced property in St Albans would get us a studio flat.
I have enjoyed St Albans but the place has lost it’s shine. It’s too expensive and the people think they are more important than any one else. St Albans has the highest tax rate in the UK and probably one of the worst rail lines.
There is a big disconnect between those who have money and those who do not and I will not miss the void in attitudes that this place brings.
Colchester is a Garrison town and reminds me a lot of Plymouth which is where I grew up. Although it’s a town it is bigger than St Albans and the people seem much friendlier. We may not have the high street on our door step any more but we do have the ability to park our car in our garage or on our own drive. (Believe me I am not looking forward to parking the van in St Albans over the weekend!).
We “officially” move in tomorrow – what I mean is that we are moving a lot of bulky stuff up to Colchester tomorrow and Brandy is coming with us. Tomorrow night will be the first night we spend in the new house and I am really looking forward to it.
I have busily spent the day packing up the house in St Albans whilst Richard sorted out all the tech in Colchester and waited around for the gas man (we had the gas turned off last night as we had a leak – oh the joys of owning a new home )
The house has been a major focus for the pair of us for a long time and I really have kept fairly quiet about it online so you must excuse me if I start going on and on about the move for a while.
Ultimately this is a new chapter in our lives and I am very much looking forward to getting settled in Colchester and seeing what Essex brings…
Wish us luck!
In the midst of packing the house up today Richard and I have both discovered some lost treasure!
Richard thought he lost his birth certificate but following the clear out of a little used cupboard we found it in an old briefcase!When we moved here 8 years ago I thought I had lost my signet ring that my aunt and uncle gave me for my 18th birthday. I had long ago thought I would never see it again and was disappointed as I take good care of my possessions and was annoyed I had lost such a personal gift.
Richard went to the supermarket this morning and I suggested he take all the loose change we had in the house as it had been accumulating for years in various tins and jars.
Imagine Richards surprise when he put the coins in the machine (£26 worth!) and along with a handful of Euros it spat out the ring! I could not believe it when Richard pulled it out of his pocket.
Isn’t it amazing that you could give up on something when it’s there all along – you just have to get to the right moment to find it and it’ll show itself.
I am now wearing the signet ring and will ensure it does not go missing again!