Thursday, September 09, 2010

We have moved again!

By Leah Darbyshire.

Well, it took five months for the sale/purchase to go through but we have finally sold our Edwardian terrace in London and have bought a swish new 3 bedroom (3 bathroom - I know why? really?!) house very near to the canal and countryside in my hometown of Newbury, Berkshire instead.

We are loving it and rapidly settling into our new home (and new working commutes for me and Robin to London & Weybridge respectively). We're all enjoying cycling and walking Yishi along the canal (and in the countryside), and I'm enjoying trail running (finally could justify getting some trail shoes) and have beaten my 10k personal best down to 50:25 (and 5k now 24:18), so trotting the towpath regularly is obviously doing me good! We've also got a much bigger, nicer kitchen for our family cooking and baking.

Charlotte loves her "new house with the white door, not black door" too, which has a children's playpark nearby, and is currently obsessed with both cows and trains. She takes a plastic cow toy to bed with her each night and waves to meet the train that brings Mummy home, which she has decided is called "Stephanie" a la Thomas the Tank Engine character. We're hoping she'll also shortly benefit from a better standard of schools than in London.

Yishi loves the countryside lifestyle too and now takes regular swims in the canal.

We're all enjoying being nearer to our family - my parents are 1.7 miles away and Robin's only 30 miles away in his home-town of Winchester, so the grandparents are getting a lot more time with Charlotte and our brothers and my Auntie are nearer too!

It has been a very stressful year - and we've sacrificed our annual holiday this year in order to spend a couple of weeks unpacking boxes in August instead - but we're really very happy to have finally made our long-held dream a reality!

Photos of new house and surrounds, as ever, can be found in our Flickr album (links below).

September 2010 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedarbyshires/sets/72157624740395557/
August 2010 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedarbyshires/sets/72157624635101542/


That's it folks!

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