Moving houses and saying goodbye to the garden

Two weeks ago we’ve received unexpected 2 months  notice to leave our small house. We rent and landlady decided to sell the place.
I was devastated as I really like this small, quirky detached house. It has beautiful,small secluded garden, the neighbourhood is lovely and I’ve been living there comfortably for the past 2 years. I share similar taste to the landlady, so place needed only finishing touches when we moved in . About the pros : I’ve had my very own garden for the first time in my life and I was loving it!
We’ve put a lot of work to make something grow in here as soil was mostly rubble mixed with sand (don’t ask me why, I really don’t know :)) We’ve replaced it with fertile soil and it was beginning to look lovely (I think I’ll make small farewell garden tour).
The cons : it is very,very small. Kitchen is extremely small. It is so small, that I need to clean every equipment while cooking. It is impossible to make a big dinner. If I am brave enough to use pan, mixer and pot at the same time, it looks like “Extreme Hoarders (Kitchen special)” episode. Also, hubby loves to collect and hoard EVERYTHING, so half of the living room looks like a girly dream and the other half like a long forgotten storage from “Storage wars”.
Changing this place for something bigger sounds like a good idea, but there are two problems here: money and Edinburgh’s property market (we live in Edinburgh- UK) .Money – this is pretty straight forward:we don’t have much 🙂 and renting now is much more pricey then renting two years ago. The second problem is a whole different story: agencies and private landlords in Edinburgh tend to rent very small, damp, mouldy (yes, mouldy :-O) apartments without any problem, that’s why all agents and landlords act like they’re offering you Buckingham Palace, even if it looks like medieval cellar. The places we’ve recently viewed were awful and pricey or nice and very,very pricey (and gone in literally two hours)!
We’re going to see one apartment today. It is located in an old building (not old in “what a beautiful traditional house” kind of way, but in a “how on earth does it still stand” kind of way :)) . Pros: we know the landlord, it looked clean and spacious in the pictures and it has very small,” I need to look through my magnifying glass to see it” garden. So,we’ll see what happens.



I liked the apartment : it was quirky, bohemian style, very different. The small garden was cute and well maintained. Unfortunately, hubby didn’t like it ( no parking space, no additional place for his stuff ), so back to the drawing board!
















between naps on the porch




Mila Myk

Home Decor, DIY and Inspirational Ideas

20 Replies to “Moving houses and saying goodbye to the garden

  1. Oh, no, You turned it down? I would think clean and a garden is the way to search. Sorry you are having to leave your present space – it sounds quite lovely. Good Luck!

    1. Thank you! Actually,everything’s not lost yet:) I’m trying to persuade hubby that this is the place for us (for now at least).He is more practical than me and he thinks we can do better ( bigger, newer building etc.). That’s true, but the place probably wouldn’t be so charming ! 🙂

  2. Hi Mila, I sympathize with your moving situation. I guess we dream of living in the UK, not thinking about living costs and other day to day expenses. Regions here in the US are drastically different too. Living in the Midwest in a smaller city has lot’s of advantages, lower rents, lots of housing options, but I’d love a little secluded garden, instead of looking in the back door of someone else’s house. Hope you find a good spot soon!

    1. Thank you, Debra 🙂
      Living in US Midwest sounds really lovely! I guess all the regions have pros and cons, so whatever works best for the family.
      I’m dreaming about Canada (“grass is always greener…”hahaha 😉 but I’ve heard that the cost of living is enormous!
      Prices are crazy at the moment, but overall UK is a cool place to live 🙂

      1. Mila, the cost of living in Canada is in keeping with the wages that we earn. In Alberta, we are short of workers, it seems that every store and every company has a sign in the window. I just heard on the news that one company needs 1400 new employees for the summer to build the new freeway. The opportunities are endless andthe wages fantastic. It does seems cheaper here to buy a house instead of renting, especially in the smaller towns. Look into it, youmay be pleasently surprised.

  3. So sorry to hear this – I do hope you find just the right place that suits the both of you! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  4. Finding the perfect place for both of you takes time. Good luck with the search… I know we looked at a LOT of places before we found our home. Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade 🙂

  5. Oh, I do hope you find the perfect spot with a garden.

    I was just saying to my husband that it is good to be in the place where we want to be and there is no need to ever move again.

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  7. What a bummer to be effectively ejected from the place you call home. I hope you find just the right place for you that is clean and dry, with enough storage and a little place you can garden.

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