10.5.18

Where are we moving to?


So I've put off posting this for a while now as I just don't want to jinx anything but I figure that it's going to take a few months for things to happen anyway and to save me being rude and literally not replying to your questions on this I need to come clean.

You might remember I wrote this post a few weeks back when we literally didn't know what to do and where to go. We are in a unique position I guess in that we are both freelance and apart from not being a crazy distance from London (I need to be there maybe twice a month) we don't really have ties anywhere.


We love this city we live in but over the past year have seen how crazy the prices have got here and how much we could get for our money just a hop over the border. We started taking trips to Cardiff and really loved what we saw but when it came down to it I didn't get the gut feeling it was 'right' for us. I feel like of course we'll never actually know what it could have been like, it could have been just what we needed or it could have been a bad move for us. That's life I guess, nothing is certain or clear cut you just need to do what you feel is right for you..

After we accepted an offer on our house we looked in earnest of places and houses and we did actually fall in love with a property in Exeter but still felt like it wouldn't quite be right for us.


Feeling pretty uninspired by the properties coming on here (or priced out) we were in no clear situation about what we wanted to do. Instead we booked in to see three in the area we liked the best and after bursting into tears at the first (as in it made me cry in a bad way) I was starting to feel really anxious. I was feeling like actually maybe we wanted to stay here, by my friends and in this beautiful bustling city but that we were almost being forced out. The next house showed no promise on the pictures and having been on the market for a few weeks hadn't been snapped up yet (which is rare for Bristol) and I didn't hold out much hope of it being suddenly amazing when we arrived.

It wasn't 'amazing' but oddly when I first set foot in it it felt 'right' you know those gut feelings you get? I am a firm believer in them. It needs a bit of work but we like to have project and I'm proud of how much we did on this house. We loved the location and although the fact it was a beautiful sunny day probably helped we could step out of the house and see the harbourside and the beautiful pastel houses on the hill behind and I felt like how could we live anywhere else?

Maybe it seems like a bit of a deflated announcement, we're actually going nowhere new. We're not being massively adventurous but maybe we don't need to. There's something in knowing that what you have is a good thing. That you are content with where you are. I moved around so much as a child and there's part of me that thinks that's what you are supposed to do. The other part of me wants a stable home, a great friendship group and a city full of art and good food. Where there is always something new to see and that we can have as a base to explore the rest of the country if we want to.

Obviously we are on the start of this journey, things could fall through but we are pretty settled now that we know where we want to be which is always a good start. If all goes well I'm really excited to show you our new place, and to start all my interior projects!

(pictures of our current home by Viv Yapp for Apartment Therapy) 

3 comments:

Jo said...

That’s exciting news and I think you’ve done the right thing. We’ve moved around a lot and I’m desperate for stability. Bristol is a wonderful city and I’m sure you’ll soon make your new home amazing. X

r s johnson said...

Sounds like you've made the best decision for your family Fritha. Bristol is a great city too. Excited to see your new house and plans. Xx

Jess said...

I’m so exited for you, even if it is because it sounds like you’re moving to my neck of the woods! I love being by the harbourside, fingers crossed for you

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