How on earth do you go about starting a blog? I have wanted to blog for such a long time, but never really felt I had a reason to take the plunge. Well, now that we (my husband, me and our 2-year-old daughter) have purchased a project house, it feels like the right thing to do. It will help with my New Year’s Resolution to take more progress photographs. Frustratingly, we have been forgetting to take as many ‘before’ snaps as we should – kicking ourselves when we stand back to admire the hard work on completion.
This blog really is just to serve as a record for us and our progress over the years, and as motivation to take on the projects that are sometimes easy to push to one side for another day. I am more than happy for people to read, add comments or advice and, perhaps, be inspired – but that isn’t really the intention. I can’t imagine anyone would be all that interested in us doing up our 1960s house, but anyone is welcome to come along for the ride.
Back in August 2011, we were very happy in our old home and had no intention of moving (mainly because we have a 2 year old and I am currently on a career-break to stay at home and have fun with her every day). Then we saw a house in the
, a place in which we had always said we would like to live, one day. We walked, drove and cycled past the house at least 10 times before we even approached the agent. The location is exactly what we wanted for H, our daughter, to grow up in. ‘Have a look and get it out of our system’ is what we told ourselves, but the minute we walked in, both of us could immediately see past all the negatives – of which there were (and still are) many – and we had a vision. We got in the car after that initial viewing and just grinned at each other. We had always liked the idea of a project, and this would certainly be that. Could we do it with a 2 year old in tow? A second viewing cemented it. We wanted it. We got it. And so it begins… village of Barton Mills