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Truly Spring and recent street finds

21 February, 2013

*sings* “Spring is in the air! Every time I look around, ba, ba, ba, ba” *Does old school Uncle-At-Wedding-Dance-and-Clap*

So, SPRING eh?! You sneaky old devil, you. (Actually, stop. I’m not going to start talking to Spring. Personifying my breasts is one thing, the seasons yet another.) Needless to say, I am feeling quite joyful this week. Gosh, the sun, which seems to have appeared so suddenly, makes such a difference! Having the back door open and wandering in and out of the kitchen into the garden. Going to the park for hours without turning blue. Cycling around without feeling like my ears might chip off if I knock them when I remove my helmet.

We are kind of having a big spring clean this week- ready for the house going on the market on Monday. Yes! MONDAY! EEPP!!! Actually it isn’t too much of a big deal as we won’t complete until the summer but we are thinking it would be ace to wrap it all up (by “all” I mostly mean “having to keep the house clean for viewings”) before this womb-baby makes an entrance.

While we work on the big house, Ramona is DIYing her own one

While we work on the big house, Ramona is DIYing her own one

We love our estate agent – I know they are meant to woo you, but this one really is nice- she told us to not change a thing, this quirky home will float some boats, so leave it all exactly as it is. This came as a real relief as we thought we were going to have to spend a few months making it kind of, er, normal.

Hopefully some potential new owners might enjoy this great big word emerging from above our mantel piece. Our row of local shops got a grant from the council to get new facades. Bye, Bye, unique retro shop signs and Hello naff plastic signs that make the row look like it is from Sim City. (Gah, there I go again conversing with objects.) ANYWAY, the upside was that we found the massive seventies letters from The Crusty Loaf, our local bakers, languishing by the bin. And nabbed them. We have a TRULY (the word truly is in all the best songs- Truly Scrumptious from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the carol Oh Holy Night and, um, others as well, yeah) and some others popped around the house too.


One thing we did want to change was our sofa. We had a great big one we found in Oxfam, it was cool but took over a lot of the room. We felt a normal size one might show the room off a bit better. We have done internet searches and have been looking for a while to no avail so a couple of days ago we put our business hats on, ready to trawl the charity shops. Before we made it to the shops we were walking along a posh road and TA DA! There was a lounge suite on someone’s drive. A knock on the door, a chat to the chucker-outer-ers and a call to a Man and Van later and it was rescued from the landfill and sitting in our lounge. We LOVE it. And it even has a matching arm chair.


It is pretty plain, but really perfect for this room where there is alot going on. (Yes, mum, it needs an iron.)

Sun, big words and a new sofa maketh a grand week. Hope yours is going well too!

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  • Reply Jenna 21 February, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I am well jealous. I was talking to a friend (who has lived in London) and was telling her how you find all this amazing furniture just left outside peoples houses and how come no-one ever does that round here? I can’t believe the sofa is so clean!!!!!!

    I always thought I was a winter person (big snuggly jumpers/blankets) but after being given a glimpse of sun the other day I say “bring on the summer”. I want to go dig in the garden, go for a bike ride, just be outside without wishing I’d worn 3 extra layers!!!!

    Oh and I want to buy your house please…..
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 February, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      We *did* have to wash the covers Jenna, hehehe. We are pretty jammy, that is the absolute truth! (We do also look REALLY hard, peering down people’s driveways like robbers hahaha!
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  • Reply Charlotte 21 February, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Its freezing in London today! Sad face. But the sun earlier this week was glorious and it’s brilliant to see crocuses and snowdrops appearing everywhere.

    I have never seen furniture chucked outside of houses. Doesn’t seem to happen in my neck of the woods. I am obviously living in the wrong part of London!

    Good luck with the move, hope it doesn’t become too stressful.
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 February, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Actually, this was an incredibly premature post! My head just about fell off with cold today. I think I bought the cold on after writing this after the one warm day!! xx
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  • Reply lally young 21 February, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    birthday today. Yay!!!! Well 38 with a bump! But I have had a great week! It is sooo nice to be with my kids. Poor Dh is at work, So party tea tonight,shop bought pizza!!!! Ohh and my feet are huge today! Spent lots of pennies! [ It is the only time I do go mad]. And now the guilt is kicking in!!! Ahh well. We dont have any freebies lying in the street! I do tend to get cheap items, like the other day a massive ikea table cloth and a retro bowl for a pound!!!! So beat that missy. Ohh do you have leaky boob syndrome yet?
    Hugs Allie

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 February, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      No leaky boobs, Ramona is clearing up any excess hahaha!
      I hope you have a wonderful few days of celebrating x x x
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  • Reply Damson Lane 21 February, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I really want to join in the Spring dance with you but it is frickin freezing here. I’m sure anyone who views your house will appreciate that it is a ‘home’ and a beautiful one at that. Good luck with the viewings x
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 February, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you! Yes, we have been out alot today, have done a little dancing, but it has been with gloves, jumpers, coats, extra socks, hats. Not glam dancing at all hehe
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  • Reply san 21 February, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Ah, you’ve answered a question I didn’t get around to posting, namely what were you going to do about the house whilst you were on your travels!! I totally admire you guys and really hope it works out for you.

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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 February, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Yes, sadly it has to go :( It all just made sense, what with us trying something new next year, the mortgage feeling CRAZY burdensome. So, a leeetle bit nervous but mostly just excited to see what could happen. EEP!
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  • Reply Liz Burton 26 February, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    You’re moving???? How exciting (and mucho stressful).

    Hope it goes smoothly x
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 February, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Our house is on the market RIGHT NOW *weeps* will someone buy it plleeaase (Ha, it only went online this morning *hopeful*)

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