After 8 months in a caravan, 1 long weekend wrestling with boxes and several hours of arranging, re-arranging and adjusting, we are finally in our brand new house. Thistledown is once again a house of brick and stands proudly in its entirity, filled with all our stuff!
Before we move on to our finished product, here’s a little bit about what’s been going on over the past few weeks…
Here is the moment of truth when the hot tub ascended onto the balcony. A bit of a nail biting moment, to say the least!
And of course our trusty palm tree had to go up too!
There have been lots of finishing touches happening over the past month, from outside paving, to installation of very high tech Apple TV and music system (which we are all mostly clueless as to how to use)
But now we are in, so here are the photos (I know that’s what your all waiting to see, you nosey lot!) Obviously there are still pieces of furniture that need buying to complete rooms, and finishing touches are still missing in places, but overall we are just extremely pleased to be in our lovely new home.
Here’s the kitchen – we got the green bar stools to break up the white in the room. Were really pleased with the colour it brings to the kitchen. It’s all very high tech in here – we have a Neff cooker thing that uses magnets to heat the saucepans, iPads controlling the TV and music system and a microwave with 6 different settings. Who’d have thought?! All a bit of a learning curve.
Here’s Mum and Dad’s bedroom complete with walk in wardrobe and upper ensuite. One of the best things about moving in has been waking up to the stunning views and being able to see them from our beds through the balcony doors. It’s an absolute pleasure to be surrounded by natural beauty.
And here’s my room. I am so in love with it I don’t ever want to leave! Mum and I had so much fun designing it and it’s everything I wanted it to be – light, feminine and luxurious! And there’s so much room for activities!
Although unpacking endless amounts of boxes has been tiring, it does have its upsides. I was able to get all my favourite books out again. Best thing ever! (This is only a very small sample of my books by the way. The rest are on my tall bookcase by my door)
The lounge and dining room area are working really well. Dare I say it, I am looking forward to winter when we can use our log burner and curl up watching endless amounts of films.
Here’s some general areas (hall, staircase, spare room)
Milo found the move a bit stressful and was never far from our ankles throughout. He’s a sensitive soul. However, he has now settled in to his new surroundings and has continued with his role in the family as “lazy dog that sleeps all day”.
Despite his laziness, he has begun the huge task of leaving his scent everywhere by rubbing himself all over floor surfaces and furniture.
One of Milo’s fave things to do is to survey his land. He sits and stares all day, scaring away squirrels/foxes/children/Girl Scouts. And he loves to sit and watch Dad working away in the garden. He still hasn’t quite figured out why dad chases that big bit of machinery up and down the garden, but each to their own!
It’s fair to say this has been a very testing process, especially for my Dad who has worked super hard to get this house ready as quickly as possible for us.
Here are the boots that built our house. They have well and truly had it!
Last Sunday we had our very first visitors and these happened to be pretty special visitors indeed. Around 20 Columbians piled into our house to have a look around. These people were of course Natasha’s family – it was a pleasure to meet them and although the language barrier prevented us from having any proper conversation, it was clear that they are a lovely bunch of people. We can’t wait to visit them in Columbia in the future!
These photos are curtesy of Lyn & Pete – hope you don’t mind!
It has been one heck of a journey and a crazy 8 months in the caravan. There’s no doubt that we have grown closer together as a family owing to the build of our new home. It has been a pleasure sharing our adventures with you through the blog, and I hope you have enjoyed hearing about the Withrington Build.
Here’s me signing off with a song on my uke. It’s a cover of ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
“Home. Let me come home. Home is wherever I’m with you”
So heres to our new house and to many happy hot tubbing evenings!
Oh, and Milo says bye. For now anyways…