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Thursday, 2 March 2017

We've Arrived

A new blog for a new home..............................seemed like a good idea. 


So what sort of home is our cottage at the end of a lane?
Well, part is very old, but most is much newer and it has all the things we would choose for a home.... ..........a utility room and porch at the kitchen door, a downstairs loo as well as an upstairs bathroom, a wood-burner in the living room and a conservatory. Bedrooms for us and visitors and room for my craft things............and space for bookshelves of course.

The inside doors are all solid wood with Suffolk latches but the windows and outside doors have been replaced and are double glazed
There's a greenhouse and a garden with 4 vegetable beds that just need weeding.
Some fruit trees and bushes and space for more
A garage and a workshop for Col to keep all his might-come-in-handy stuff and wide open field views.
A small meadow surrounded with trees  will provide us with firewood and then we will plant more and fill up the space to make a wood.


Pity it's so scruffy and everywhere needs painting
and we haven't got a cooker until we get the pipework done for an LPG range.
One bedroom has an old random shower cubical in the corner, so  we'll need to find a builder to make us an en-suite.

There's enough to keep us busy for as long as we like and one of the first things we did after Storm Doris was to pick up all the twigs from the Ash tree ...........free kindling wood.
It felt right to be doing something with a purpose after a year marking time in town.

(Storm Doris also knocked a tile off the garage, pushed the Bay Tree over and broke its huge terracotta pot and put the electric and phone connection off at the cottage.........but not in town).

We've had questioning looks when we've told people we are moving out to the country when we don't know what the future holds health wise for Colin.

But I'd rather be here than in a small bungalow in town.


Thank you for all the best wishes for the move and thank you for putting up with my moans as we ploughed through all the hold-ups.



Hope you enjoy reading the new blog, which will probably be just like the old one!
Back Soon
Sue

49 comments:

  1. So exciting! I'm so glad things are working out. It sounds like a wonderful place. It must have been a bit of a shock going from the smallholding into town, now you're a little bit closer back to the smallholding and the things you've missed. I really wish you well in your new home.

    At least it's still in beautiful Suffolk!

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  2. Congratulations !
    You have moved ! Mess or not please send a few photos of your surroundings !
    I understand your first move but this one is so much better.
    This move will make you both feel so much better, out in the country !

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. Yeah, you made it! Enjoy, and don't overdo it!

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  4. At last, you made it. I know you will be much happier back in the countryside,. It's been a frustrating time for you both, I can understand why you felt the move into town was needed, now you can work through what needs doing to make the house your own in your own time.

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  5. Welcome to your New Home! I can feel a big whoosh of energy and I am delighted for you. It sounds like home, and as long as there is plenty of room for that 'might-come-in-handy stuff' you are sorted.
    Have fun and my very best wishes to both of you.

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  6. I've been checking every day to see if you finally moved in. I'm so relieved for you. We had the same frustrations for three years before we finally moved last year. Like you, there were so many jobs to do but they got done over time. I'm sure this is the right move for you. If you are happy you can achieve anything!

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  7. Finally! You both must be relieved and so happy to be in your new home. Lots of pictures please :)
    What are Suffolk latches?
    I am usually a reader not a comment-er but 2017 is the year I change that.
    Really looking forward to your new blog.

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  8. It looks wonderful, it really does. Out in the country will be so much better for your mental health than in town and there's so many wonderful things to do in your space, your environment and your time. And - solar panels!
    J x

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  9. I'm so glad that you have finally moved to your new home!

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  10. Your new home sounds lovely

    Julie xxxxxxx

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  11. Good luck and good health to you both.

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  12. Looks and sounds idyllic. I sure you will both enjoy 'knocking' it into shape.

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  13. Happy for you. I hope you both enjoy getting things how you want them for your new life in the country cottage.

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  14. Congratulations! It all sounds grand, even the bits where you mention a builder or decorating is needed, well that's okay because it will help make it your own.
    It always makes me wonder why people ignore the fallen twigs to use as kindling? Why? As you say, free kindling.
    I think you are wise, not knowing what the future holds, to be happy where you are rather than not in a town.

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  15. I am glad this blog will be just like the old one

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  16. It sounds lovely, I hope you both settle quickly and I look forward to catching up with you on here. x

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  17. Hooray, so very pleased for you xx

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  18. Yessssss!!! You made it and it sounds wonderful. I think you've done exactly the right thing in moving to a quiet country cottage and away from town with its noise and stresses. Things that need doing will get done in time and as already mentioned, it all helps to make the cottage 'yours'. I wish you both many happy and healthy years together, enjoying the fresh air and relaxation of your new home. xx

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  19. I wish you both every happiness together in your new home.

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  20. I'm so pleased to hear that you've finally moved into the cottage, now take a few days to rest and relax before starting on the work which needs doing!
    Wishing you both many years of happiness and, most importantly, good health in your new home! X

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  21. Congratulations on your new home & new blog! How exciting for you and Col... you're sure to be so much happier back in a country home. Wishing you all the best. I look forward to following your new adventures.

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  22. P.S. After 15 yrs. in an old, coastal home, we're also going to be moving. Our oldest son is leaving the nest, so we found a newer home several miles inland (Paso Robles, CA). 2017 seems to be a year of change!

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  23. All the best to both of you in your new home. An exciting year ahead beckons, don't do too much painting get someone in ;)

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  24. Yay! I'm so pleased for you. It will be an exciting time as you decorate and make it your own. Have you planned your vegetable beds yet? Wishing both you and Col the very best in your new home. X

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  25. Yay, Sue - so pleased you've made it to your dream cottage. I wish you both good luck, good health and happiness in your new home. Looking forward to seeing some pictures (hint hint!!) xx

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  26. Happy news. The more photos you share the better. Exciting to follow along. Hope the cooker is worked out quickly. Everything else can wait it's turn.

    I bet your children and family are looking forward to coming over with all that space.

    Best wishes to Colin for good health and may you both be very happy and content in your cottage.

    Sandy

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  27. Wonderful news. I am sure you will both be very happy now. xxx

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  28. Hope you will be very happy in your new home. I have missed your blog and been checking everyday to see if you were back. Post lots of pictures and then we can follow your progress. Hope Colin is keeping well. xx

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  29. How wonderful, so delighted for you both, I have been checking everyday and am so happy to see this post.
    Now you can take your time in getting your home as you want it to be, you are moved in and that is main thing, after all the delays, what a joy.
    Hope all is going well with the sale of the bungalow.
    Very best wishes to you both, thank you for taking the time to blog, we are all anxious to know your news!!
    Love from Pam in TX.xx

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  30. Your new house sounds wonderful. I hope you have happy times there together.

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  31. Not one of us knows what the next minute will hold for us, I admire you and hope that you will both be happy in your new home, it sounds delightful.
    Briony
    x

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  32. I am so happy that you and Colin have gotten your cottage and can begin your new life there. And I can't wait to see pictures on the progress of the small changes you need to make and as you settle in and have many happy years together there! All the best!
    Dawn

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  33. It's obvious from the comments above that lots of us have been holding our breath and praying that this time things would work out for you two.
    I imagine that the next year will be difficult and stressful in many ways but you now have a home as opposed to a suitable shelter.
    Enjoy the excitement. What joy collecting your own fuel!
    It will be lovely watching the garden and field come alive as spring progresses and I'm sure we'll all be eager to see how it all develops. Sue

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  34. Congrats Sue and Col, I'm glad you are finally in xxx

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  35. Congratulations on your new home! Looks lovely from here! Hope you and Col have many happy healthy years in your Cottage at the End of the Lane!

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  36. Welcome home! It looks really lovely.

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  37. So happy you have moved at last. All the best to you both and your family.

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  38. So glad you're finally in :)

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  39. The very best of luck to you and Col! It all sounds good to me!
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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  40. Thrilled to bits for you both that the move to this much wanted new home has now happened.
    Wishing you many happy times ahead.
    Lisa x

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  41. Oh hooray you are in your new home. It looks and sounds delightful.
    I love how you wrote that you have enough to keep you busy as long as you want.
    Slow steps and may you make many happy memories in your home at the end of a lane in the country.
    Visiting from Sydney, Australia

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  42. I've enjoyed reading of your new home, Sue. It sounds like it has just what you need and a few projects too to keep you both busy. Meg:)

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  43. Welcome to your new home, sounds just what the doctor ordered. much nicer to be busy doing productive tasks. we have the top of our garden to tackle this spring plus a good sort out of my sewing room that remains a dumping ground... Enjoy every moment of your cottage x

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  44. All the best , Living somewhere that is where you want to be instead of where you have to be is really important, It looks beautiful , I can see the roses round the door now xxx

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  45. Congratulations. What a beautiful description of your new home. Wonderful news.

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  46. So exciting about your new home, and glad I've spotted your posts now. You must be overjoyed to have the new garden. All happiness in the cottage!

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  47. Congratulations and hoorah on your new home.x

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