... in the middle of our street! Well actually we're not we're near the end going down the slope towards the shops. Anyway enough of this Madness... (get it!)
It was 20 years ago today Mrs F, myself and a wee 18 month old toddler that is somehow now the lanky bearded thing that is Son-of-Furtheron moved into the house we now live in... *fanfare in background*
I feel in love with our house the moment we walked into it - it ticked the boxes in terms of location, size, style etc. Only problem... Well there were a lot actually, someone had put some awful slatted wood up the side of the staircase, the wiring was a deathtrap (despite the previous owner claiming the multitude of additional sockets was a selling point), the back of the garage - well wasn't it was some old dividing internal doors someone had put there when they were no longer needed between the dining room and the lounge, the bathroom was awful - a deep blue suite, yes remember the 70s? Etc. etc. widows needed replacing etc. However there was just something that felt right about it. I'm glad I stuck with that gut feeling bought it and over the years did all that we needed to - by now actually there is little of the original house remaining other than the walls! New windows, front door, front garage door, new wall and door to rear of garage, new roof on the extension, new stair-rail, new heating and hot water system, new bathroom suite and retitled bathroom, all internal doors replaced, new kitchen installed, all electrics replaced...
However the one thing it has always been for me is home. That is disticntly different from "a house we currently live in". The kids have grown up in there, one has even now semi flown the coup to university and it'll not be long before he's fully gone, my daughter came home a little bundle in a blanket to that house, we've had kids parties, 21st parties, our 25th wedding anniversary, I had my final breakdown with the booze in the bedroom that my daughter now occupies and sobbed my heart out before going off to rehab etc. it has all those memories and more.
"Home is where the heart is and where the heart is there is home"