Friday, 19 December 2014

Our British Gas Home Truths

We have had more home renovations going on this year than most people might have in ten years!!!  It has been a particularly trying time and finances have been especially strained, because of this hubbie has had to do as much of the work as he can himself.  He has learnt to lay laminate and skirting boards, his painting technique has improved considerably and he saved us hundreds attempting to measure and put up blinds!  He has been covered in head to toe in dust, but he battles on ripping out ceilings and bashing down walls.  A good tip is to make entirely sure walls are not supporting before doing this...

We have learnt that terms like “well maintained” might be a little exaggerated when it comes to buying a house.  But we do not regret buying such a big house even if we only live in a fraction of it, we have had to replace 30+ windows and remove a chimney, replace wooden joists and face woodworm and damp head on, but it’s a great big adventure for the family.  Although one made more comfortable for finally getting central heating and hot water!

Watching the British Gas Home Truths Hub makes me realise that we are not alone; lots of people are actually going through similar things.  I like hearing about the family history behind each home and seeing how people manage with larger families or changes of circumstances.  Although I have never been precious about keeping the house immaculate, with young children you soon realise perfection is unrealistic and too stressful to achieve.  My mum always said I was a good mum but a rubbish housewife!  I am trying a bit harder now they are getting older but when they were younger I used to get out the paints, the play dough and the glue and let them be “creative” – codeword for LOTS of mess!!!  I thought a 21 month gap between my two boys was tough enough but if I had been told I was having triplets I think I would have passed out in shock!

I like how the parents in the video have learnt to juggle style and practicality.  I think its important to have a very functional house with children, what we have adjusts as they get older, more and more ornaments can be dotted around now as they leave them alone!  Although we have just got the puppy and its her turn to disturb them by having a chew on everything!!!  We have learnt she has a real taste for old style Lath and plaster, it must be the horse hair, so we have to stop her running off with bits of it to eat...

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