Last year we had an absolutely grim winter of bugs and illness, to the point it got pretty frustrating, ridiculous, and killed off a lot of xmas spirit - this year we've done well on the avoidance front so far (touch wood), but we have had something bigger to contend with - moving home..!
To me a house isn't just a pile of bricks, it's a home, so leaving our 'forever home' after 29 years was always going to be a wrench. I loved our house, road, and area - which is pretty unique and not too crowded as it was in a conservation area - it was also private, un-overlooked, and one of the big pluses - it was convenient for pretty much everything - I had the option of walking or cycling to town, supermarkets, retail parks, the local shop etc. really easily - which meant I could easily fit in shopping trips between work, and had a easy, safe route home at night.
So yep I didn't want to leave - of course being settled and loving where I was, was a big part of it - as I suffer from anxiety and agoraphobia, and we'd had all the hassle with selling the house - I was reluctant in that respect as well. Add to that having nothing at the time to replace it with - we are currently renting - and it was pretty unsettling.
Leaving was horrible - I still do my spare time job round there as well, so I have seen evidence of our buyers rip our house apart. I think I will always miss it, but of course where you live influences what you like and dislike, and your choices as well - so it wasn't just being settled and all the moving stress - it was wanting to stay in what I consider to be the nicest, most convenient part of town.
Since then we've moved into a rental, and that time has gone pretty quickly - the rental isn't in as good a location as our old house, but there's some nice walks about, it's surprisingly quiet, and so far we've not really had any major issues with the house - just a longer than expected process to rent in the first place.
Next-up we will be moving to a brand new house - I think there's quite a lot still to be done before we get the keys - it's a similar distance from things than our rental is, but feels further out in the sticks - and is part of a big building project - so there's not much out there, no conveniences such as local shops for 18 months, and it's near current and future building sites. So not a walking distance from town which we always wanted. At the moment we can't plan a thing as we've no real idea yet when the house will be finished - got to say after a good few years of all this hanging around, I'm pretty tired of moving related things......living at home with parents you don't get a choice, but it's hard not to have an opinion....and after all this - I still would never have moved.
Here's to finally being settled in 2016 - hopefully it will be a smooth ride.
* Photo's are shots taken in our old garden/road.