Livy wants me to tell you, “We really like the place.”
J says, “Every single view from every single floor of this house looks beautiful.”
Emy says, “It’s bedtime.” 😀 We’re jet-lagged. She’s also excited about having a garden plot, there’s a groundskeeper that comes to take care of everything but the owner told Emy to have fun growing her own herb and flower garden, too, and told her some good spots. E also asked her if she could ignore that bit of the house lease that says no pets and get a hamster to which her father and I both shook our heads rapidly and mouthed, “NO!!!” behind Emy’s back at the home owner to which she laughed and whispered loudly, “I don’t mind if you allow her.” So we shall see… someday.
The getting here part was a saga due to a massive storm in Dallas diverting our BA flight to Houston, but eventually we DID get onto the plane and arrive. Kit picked us up in London and made the drive up to Nottingham and I love y’all, but if you come visit then fly into a closer airport or plan to take the train from London because that drive was NOT fun.
Customs – I was very, very nervous about waiting in line with all the kids after that long of a flight and getting through customs. It’s normally quick and easy for tourists, but we are coming in with visas and I had heard horror stories about people being questioned for hours and having to shown tons of paperwork to be allowed in with work visas. I had all the supporting documents and birth certificates and marriage licenses and six EXHAUSTED kids and our bags and we were just melting down by the time we hit customs and already had one child say she was done and run away. (We snagged her without having to tackle anyone.) But we were weary… and still needed to do customs and get fingerprint scans and such. But all things considered, it went great! Under 10 minutes, the border guard was very kind and helpful with the kids, and only had half a dozen questions about work, previous visits, how long we were staying, why we were here. The funny part was explaining who my husband works for – Reaper Miniatures in the US is the name of the company, he’s their tech guy and they make mini figures for games. The UK name is RHQ Zombie Co. To which the guard stops and raises her eyebrows to ask, “Zombies??” Yes, that lead to more questions. 😀
So all in all – the travel was hard, but bearable. I did at one point say, “Y”all better love this place because I am not ever doing this flight with all of you again.” Once I get more sleep I may amend that. Then we still had to make the drive home, which with construction and traffic out of London was well over two hours. But once we saw the house, it was so worth it the headache of getting here!
We were wrong, the home was not built in 1935 as listed but actually 1925 with some beautiful original touches and floors and stained glass windows and so much charm it’s ridiculous. But there are also updated bits like the master bath (which will also be our guest room, should you choose to come visit.) I fell in love with a room downstairs so Kit and I are turning it into our master bedroom and once you see photos you’ll agree it’s the best!
Kit’s favorite room is the conservatory but I’ve not hung out in there yet – it will be our yoga/reading/music room for sure and is all glass facing the rear garden. I’m loving the bay window and reading chair in my bedroom that overlooks the front gardens.
We did hit Aldis last night and much to our amusement it has a whole section of Old El Paso Tex Mex kits (which I’m sure is not permanent.) They did not have just plain tortillas BUT they had tortilla chips and salsa – in tiny bags and itty bitty jars, vs. our bulk ones we buy in the US. But we have Tex Mex option and their avocados were enormous! And the Irish butter, and the yogurt section, and the crazy amount of biscuits and tea – we have a designated shelf just for tea time treats and while we don’t actually have all our furniture yet, we’re ready for tea with guests!
The house… y’all, this house. I feel like I’m in a movie set with a really great set designer that’s creating this lovely little spot of heaven. I’m sure it’s not actually perfect and there will be hiccups and quirks and things that make us go, “HUH??” But we’re going to be very happy in this home and these gardens.