Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

Our house, our haunt...

We've been in this flat ten years. I know this because we moved in on Hallowe'en 1997, making it an easy date to remember. The first thing I thought when I picked up the key and unlocked the door was 'I want to rip this horrible carpet out'. It's covered by a huge rug in the office and gone from every room, but it's still on most of the stairs. Project for next year along with getting the bannisters and stairs in the loft extension painted...
When we moved the biggest thing to deal with was our books. We have a lot more books now. Over the years I've made more bookshelves and after all this time we're merging and deduplicating the book collections. We've only had about 20 feet of duplicates...
When we first moved in there were regular power cuts and we had a notebook running AOL software permanently dialled in over dial up to share a network connection. Now we have wireless music and videos and a Sling box to watch Sky in bed.
We've done a lot to and in this house - we have count-em one-two-three-four-five flights of stairs from the front door to the roof terrace and four to the bedroom so I think of it as a house rather than a flat. New kitchen, refitted bathroom, new front room windows, loft extension with bedroom, bathroom and roof terrace; some painting, much Ikea construction, a new front door for the flat... The new windows in the front room meant replastering the entire wall, the radiator leak meant replacing the carpet and replastering the hall ceiling... We've fought here, worked together, got married, cleaned up fur from four cats, thrown parties, slept friends on futons, sofas and comfy chairs, run cat 6 through the walls with a really big drill bit, covered every inch of wall space with pictures. This is home...
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