Saturday, 9 July 2011

Living in other people's houses.

The Collie is a very laid back sheepdog now!
One of the downsides to being married to a curate is having to live in a house that does not belong to you. Fantastic if you don't already own a house. Superb if you don't want a mortgage. Not so good if you want to make any changes to the house.  Don't misunderstand me - I am very grateful to be housed in the parish where The Curate works, it's just that everything has to go through the proper channels before somethings can get done. 

We have moved from a newly refurbished, extended house where there were double wardrobes in almost every room - including a 'vestment cupboard' in the hall. This was in addition to a coat cupboard. Now as The Curate doesn't own much in the way of vestments - it was an extremely useful cupboard for storing motor bike jackets, waterproofs, boots and helmets! In this present house we have no coat hanging space and rather a lot of heaps of coats - and a special hook for 'the vestments' (one cassock) - which The Curate put up. How can you build a house that has no storage for wet weather gear? -With no porch, no hall and no utility room where do you put wet dogs, muddy boots and wet waterproofs? Suggestions please?

We are still waiting for the trees to be lopped a bit and the hedges to be tamed - a job we would usually do ourselves in our own house. I like gardening so taking on another house where the garden has been left neglected for a while, is an enjoyable challenge. I came up to work on the garden before we moved in and the garden is beginning to look like a garden but without the trees and tall hedges being cut, nothing really wants to grow in their shadow.  

April (Sun)                July (rain)

April (Sun)                July (rain)
April               July

     (Click on photos to enlarge)
Shirley- our resident sheep, looks surprisingly healthy - considering the state of our grass. Unfortunately, the dogs have very little respect for her.


  1. You have my sympathy, H, as I remember the adaptation process well :-) We moved from a 3 story, 7 bedroomed Edwardian vicarage with loads of storage space (but a dreadful kitchen and a huge garden with immensely tall pine trees) to a 4 bedroomed modern house with only a teeny cloakroom for coats to be hung in. Too many coats and you couldn't reach the loo!

  2. Great series of flora and fauna photos--especially the fauna ;)

  3. Hello:
    Do take heart from the fact that you do seem to have made tremendous progress in the garden since April - and we love the sheep-lawn mower!

    We have two friends, Sylvia an Anglican priest, and Michael a Roman Catholic one. In both cases they speak of the difficulty of getting anything done to the Vicarage and Presbytery without first obtaining permission for any alteration from some higher authority who only appears to respond via masses of paperwork! Very frustrating indeed.

  4. We have been very lucky with our Manse,a modern bungalow, the only fault that I find is that only 3 bedrooms just fits the family ,but we cannot have folk to stay. In this job we really need at least one guest room.At present our teenage daughter has to bunk with her brother whilst guests try to sleep amongst her clutter (sorry,belongings!)