Once upon a time, a very long time ago, in a land before stock market crashes, flooding rain and scary heart problems, we had plans.
Not just any old ‘pie in the sky’ plans. We had real plans, big plans, plans drawn up by a qualified and expensive architect.
They were grand plans…. Plans to almost double the size of our little house. Plans for a house that had a laundry, a second bathroom, a kitchen with more than six cupboards and… scarily… a house where no more than two people had to share a bedroom.
The plans sat idle for a long time, patiently waiting for the right moment. Often what looked liked the right moment suddenly changed to the very wrong moment and the plans were carefully folded and laid back on the shelf along with my dreams.
I was patient and positive and understanding.
I was frustrated, impatient and angry.
I was resigned to the fact that I could do nothing but wait, and make the best of things.
Then, one sunny day, a big truck arrived full of concrete. All hell broke loose. There was shouting and running around and wheel barrows and buckets and spades and more running around, and more shouting.
And then all was quiet.
The truck went away.
The people went away.
I stepped outside my back door and stood carefully balanced with the baby on my hip and looked…
I looked at our plans and our dreams and our foundations, with concrete in them, and I smiled.
Let the madness begin…. finally.
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Mandy Ferry says
looks exciting. have fun!
Yay for madness, looking forward to the reno updates !
Yay for dreams! Especially ones involving houses…! Can’t wait to read all about it…
Super Sarah says
Congratulations! How exciting, so glad the long wait is over and you will have your beautiful, perfectly sized house!
How exciting!! We’ve been renovating for about eight months now …. I’m ready for the end. New carpet soon and then only bathrooms and laundry to go!! Enjoy the process and the dreaming of how wonderful it’s going to be :O)
oh I so hope we are all but done in 8 months time… I suspect we won’t be but I can live in hope right?
SO happy it’s all finally starting!!
Joy to you :D
How very very exciting. You have been very patient Kate. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
Megan at Writing Out Loud says
Beautiful post. I’m all teary now. This was me just 8 months ago – ‘just’ 8 months that seems like years have passed. Renovating is madness, pure and utter madness that will drive you near insanity at times. BUT it’s all worth it. Having just come out the other side (we got our Certificate of Final Inspection the other day!) we’re so happy in our new space. Just like you will be in the near future. x
oooh a certificate of final inspection – now that is something to frame!!! I can’t wait till we are at that end of our renovations, but we’ve got a lot to get through first!
How exciting … I remember when it all started at our home in Adelaide, it was magic seeing it all come together. Can’t wait to see the photos as the house unfolds!