Our lease on this little house ends at the start of September and soon we are going to have to start the arduous task of looking for a new place. We have decided we are not going to stay on here. There are a lot of things we love about this old cottage, but there are many, many things that make it a difficult house to live in. The tiny, awkward, old kitchen that turns cooking into a seriously unpleasant experience. The small, shady yard where almost nothing will grow (We have admitted defeat on the veggie patch here. It just isn’t going to happen.) The freezing cold bathroom and bedroom, where the heater won’t reach. The old floors that are permanently grubby, even after being mopped. The horrible laundry that leaks when it rains. The lack of storage (and the resulting piles of clothes on every available surface)…
Of course finding a nicer house is going to mean paying more rent, which will likely be challenging. And moving is never fun. But I’m hoping we can finally find a house that is a really good fit for us. We have moved many times but we’ve never had a home that was really right. This time around we will be able to take our time searching so we can wait until we find a place where we will be happy to stay long term. It would be really, really great to find somewhere we could settle for a while. I am so tired of moving every 6-12 months!
Of course, the thought of moving to our millionth rental home raises the question in my mind, will we ever have enough money to buy a house of our own? I sure hope so. But that just isn’t on the cards right now. I have to tell myself that getting all impatient isn’t going to make it happen any faster. There is no point wishing away the next few years until we can afford to buy a home. It is what it is. And at the end of the day, the house we are in doesn’t really matter. Home is wherever our little family is.
In the meantime, I trying not to get too frustrated with the space we are in now and reminding myself that I will be sad to leave this little house. It was our first home in Bendigo and the setting for a new chapter in our lives. I know when we leave I will miss these lovely old floor boards, that exposed brick wall and the giant lavender bush in the garden…
I hope you’ve all had a nice week. After a few days of grey skies and rain, today the sky is clear and blue! We plan to make the most of it. Wishing you a happy, sunshiney weekend!
PS Our camera has been sent away for repair, so you’ll have to excuse the iphone photos for a little while. We miss Mr Nikon so badly!
PPS Thank you SO much for all your kind wishes about little Honey. It means so much. You guys are awesome x