Good morning! How the devil are you?
It’s been – crikey, a whole week! Whoops – since I last wrote a blog post. Sorry about that. I moved house this week, which has taken up a fair amount of time. The upshot is that I am writing to you now from the kitchen of my lovely new flat. Isn’t the garden pretty? Ignore the boxes of books and saucepans. I’ll finish unpacking later.
Moving house is incredibly stressful, but it also has a lot of perks. Here are a few that I’ve experienced over the past few days:
- Rediscovery – Ash and I packed up our possessions and vacated Bag End almost a month ago. Getting my stuff back out of storage was quite good fun, because I’d half-forgotten about some of the nice things we have, including an owl cushion called Archimedes:
Hands down the most important thing I’ve unpacked so far.
- Wonderland – I’ve spent quite a bit of time in this area of London before, but now that I live here I am finding out all sorts of things about what the area has to offer. My favourite pub in the entire city is a ten minute walk away, the coffee shops look amazing and there are charity book shops all over the place. It’s opposite a massive park AND an indoor climbing centre. Bring on the adventures.
- Team Work – my lovely, kind and wonderful friends are a very helpful bunch, and moving house has been a lot easier because of them. It has also been a lot funnier because of them. Spending time putting furniture together has given us the chance to reminisce, with some surprising stories – “Have I not told you this story before?!” – and a lot of nostalgia.
- Bizarre Rules – my friends and I have also decided that the first time someone visits my new house, they have to sit in the bathtub (not filled, obviously) and have their photo taken. That sound weird, doesn’t it? I know. I have no defence, except that the bathtub is weirdly small and we all found it hilarious. I’m not explaining this very well…
- Bear Grylls Complex – when you’ve only had time to unpack a fraction of your possessions, you have to sort of make do with whatever comes to hand. It might just be me, but the whole experience makes me feel like a scavenger living on the fringes of society. For example, when we left Bag End Ash and I threw the kettle away, because it was a bit old and scummy. I forgot about this when I moved in to the new flat. I assumed the kettle was hiding in a box somewhere. I have coffee, sugar, milk and teabags, but no kettle. If you’ve ever met me, you will know that this is a Very Bad Situation. We dispatched someone to buy a kettle yesterday afternoon, with no success. This morning’s coffee has therefore come from water boiled in a saucepan. I feel so primitive. I feel like I’ve EARNED my coffee.
- Building Blocks – last but not least, a new house means a new start. Distributing your books and belongings around a new space is a very exciting thing to do, and it’s how we build somewhere up from being a house/flat into a home/hobbit hole. There is, as Dorothy Gale would tell you if she weren’t fictional, no place like home.
Have a glorious Monday. I’m going to go and buy a kettle.