Today is moving day. The movers are at the house packing up our daily life into boxes.
Why the move? I was heavily influenced by fellow blogger Doris Lee who writes at Diary of An Interior Novice. In a post back in April (right before Easter holidays), she mentioned some great advice she had been given on marriage by a former colleague. She was told to create a joint bucket list with her husband for what you as a couple want to accomplish whether in one year, 5 years or 10 years down the road. I discussed this idea with Mr. N and he could not contain his enthusiasm for a “lets-talk-about-our-future-talk”.
Mr. N couldn’t avoid the topic though when he got stuck in a car with me on our 7 hour road trip from Pennsylvania down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina over Easter. He and I realised we didn’t even know what we wanted out of life in the next year never mind further down the road. We’d just gotten into this habit of drifting happily towards whatever waited us next.
We did agree that our family time together was most important and that we simply did not get enough of it. The solution to this problem was relatively simple. Sell our house in Belsize Park and downsize which is part of the 1 year plan. We would then be in a position to figure out our next move without the pressure of a mortgage. I would love to do a round-the-world-trip with the children but, somehow, I think that is part of the 10 year plan. Baby steps.
Enough introspection, so let’s focus on the positives of our soon-to-be-empty home. Our garden is looking glorious with all the sunshine London has been having.
The wisteria is growing long and I love the little jungle attitude it’s got, like it thinks it’s a bad-ass jungle vine.
Back in March I took part in the Urban Revival challenge set up by online garden shop Plant Me Now and the results are now showing. The front planters are sprouting flowers everywhere! I love the pink colour against the dark grey. It’s definitely Urban Revival – The Fast-Track Version. Unfortunately, the flowers are already beginning to fade in this summer’s heat even with regular watering. I should be thinking ahead to winter colour and to putting in spring bulbs and winter bedding plants. That would make our garden pretty even in the dark grey days of winter when the sky matches our trellis paint.
I hope the new owners keep up the summer planting and think ahead to putting in spring bulbs and winter bedding. Good-bye flowers! Good-bye house! Thank you for the memories.