What is it with me and old houses.? Surely I must learn something from the past!
My new back door is now safely in! It's very smart but the rest of the house is not! It is big. It is comfortable . But everything in it is old including me .
Now when I walk into the kitchen I think I've left the back door open because it was never so light in there....
I've done old houses before. In North Wales I had an ancient cottage with its date on it. 1836! It was wonderfully eccentric, boasting two stair cases and two ingle nook fireplaces. It had oil heating which worked a little too well in that when the outside temperature outside dropped, it switched itself on to protect itself . As we were half way up a mountain it cost us a fortune!
When we moved to Essex we went modern...the bungalow was just a few years old...but lacked character as did my first house here in Cornwall...also a neat little bungalow with no built in problems!
My first home with David was wonderful, high on a cliff with views to die for and if we'd stayed that would have been true. There were fifty three steps up to the front door.
Moving here to Tregear Vean suited us both...there is plenty of parking space and a flat garden....about the size of a football field! It is old...the hall floor is paved with the same flags the cows trod to get milked...
It is not pretty...it is solid which is just as well when the gales batter it in all seasons.
Naturally slowly everything needs replacing. I'm trying not to mention the heating.....but it's still not working well....
We vowed not to tart the old house up..I am keeping the stair lift I put in for David which doesn't do much for the ambience but it's great for getting heavy things up and down the stairs. One day it will be me!
It's not convenient. It's not beautiful. But it has wonderful views over Falmouth on one side and the Nare Head on the other..it's home.