House Hunting: With a Toddler!

Large detached house

So now that the house has sold and I know what I am looking for we can get out and start looking at potential future houses. House hunting is fun! I am nosey, so looking at someone’s home is interesting for me. I love to see how they have arranged their furniture, what kitchen they have, the layout of their home, how the garden has been designed. It gives me inspiration for the future. However, when you are looking for your own future home it can also be rather stressful and frustrating as you are so keen to find something you like, that matches my mummy criteria and is in budget. Plus this time around I have am house hunting with a toddler in tow!

 

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House Hunting: The Mummy Criteria

When did you last move house? Did you have a house hunting criteria?

 

Moving house is something I have experienced many times in my life. I moved countless times as a child, then as an adult from one uni house to another before upgrading to several rented flats and a house before finally buying my first home. I now live in my second ‘owned’ home and after 5 years we decided to put it on the market.

 

There are parts of moving house that I have always loved – looking at Rightmove to see which properties are available, visiting houses to look in more detail, getting excited about different layouts, new areas to discover, furniture to buy, decorating schemes to create etc. This time, however, things are different… this time I am mummy.
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Toddler Talk: The World According to J at Two and Three Quarters

Since I last wrote on my blog 11 months ago, J has grown considerably. Therefore, I thought it only fair to update you on what life is like according to J at two and three quarters. It is fair to say that it is mostly wonderful, but there has been a definite increase in toddler frustration and no’s since we last caught up!

 

“Sunshine makes me happy mummy.” This is a phrase that J utters quite frequently and I definitely feel that I am to blame for this one. I hate rain and cold and wind and adore blue skies and sunshine and clearly I am passing this lesson onto my son.

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House Hunting: Selling a House

Large detached house
I have moved house so many times, I partly wonder if I will ever be happy staying in one home for a longer period of time. However, part of me craves for a family home where J can grow up and when he is older a home he can look back on with full of happy memories. I had a family home from the age of 12, but prior to that I moved every couple of years and to be honest I loved it. New bedroom, new friends, new garden. It was something that I enjoyed from a young age and as an adult I have moved many times myself. I get itchy feet and a desire to have a new experience. I always thought the next move would be abroad, but since foreign visas and employment markets are not as they were 15 years ago it seems that this is not a realistic prospect any time soon so a family home here seems like the natural next step. However it means having to deal with selling a house.
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The Tasburgh Hotel: A Review

Eliot room at The Tasburgh Hotel. A blue and white coloured chaise lounge in front of a matching king size bed and headboard. Cream walls and lamp on bed side table.

Hubby took me away to Bath for our 10th Wedding Anniversary last month and rather than staying in our usual Premier Inn he splashed out on the beautiful 5 star boutique Tasburgh Hotel. Because he wanted the surprise trip to be extra special he took a lot of time to find the perfect place to stay and booked it months before giving him a full choice of rooms.

 

Greeted like Old Friends

When we pulled off the A36 just past Bathampton we found the beautiful redbrick building that was originally owned by Royal photographer, John Berryman. As we parked outside The Tasburgh Hotel we both knew that he had picked a winner. We headed inside to let them know our car registration (parking is included which in Bath is a definite bonus) and we were greeted like old friends by Grant, the General Manager. Little luxuries dotted the reception such as bottled water, comfy chairs to sit on and even home made honey available to purchase. My eye was drawn down the corridor to the restaurant where a delicate chandelier hung.

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