The day finally came(!) for us to say farewell to our first beloved little home. It was a day of mixed feelings- we'd been anticipating and looking forward this day for so long but as it came and we realised this is also where our home-journey for the time-being ends, I felt slightly sad to say goodbye. I suppose it wasn't the house we were sorry to see go, but our life, our belongings, daily norms and our privacy. We've both lived away from home for four years now and that's a pretty long time to get used to living your own way. Moving back home with parents is almost like stepping back in time. Of course, I never actually lived in Grant's parents home, but I did spent a couple of nights in his family home here and there, so I suppose for me it's almost like going on an extended holiday to visit family, except we haven't even moved town.
Still, I am incredibly grateful for them taking us in! Not only have they taken the two of us in, but also our two dogs AND our entire house of belongings. That's right, their house is now two homes in one! Crazy. But this is a massive saving for us - not only are we cutting out the cost of storage for all of our things, but we're not having to pay rent or bills. Yep, I know - how amazing are his parents? Of course, this is only a temporary arrangement and we have no intention of becoming free loaders, the smaller amount of time here, the better. But at the current time, we can't begin to put a time-scale on how long we will be here.
So anyway back to completion day - We'd been moving stuff out of the house as soon as we had exchanged. I hadn't realised you needed to be 25 to rent a van, so we ended up moving everything in my tiny car. We did about 10 trips in the end - not bad for a whole house! Of course, we couldn't move some of the larger items, such as the fridge/freezer, so we opted for some help with a man with a van. By the time completion day came, I only had to do a quick mop and hoover and we were away. It felt pretty weird purposely locking ourselves out of our home... but alas, it was no longer our home.
Of course, I made sure to get some last minute snaps for our portfolio... So here they are, and farewell to our first little home....