Friday, 7 December 2012

Hobbit hole & moving on

Today is our last day of living in the hobbit hole.
We are moving a couple of doors down the street to a much bigger flat.
I'm sitting here surrounded by boxes, I should be cleaning our new bedroom as it hasn't been used in years.
But I need to drink coffee to wake up, so I thought I'd fill my waking time with a bit of cathartic reliving the past.

The hobbit hole was a new chapter in our chaotic life, the perfect escape from the nightmare we had been living through for the past 3 years.
If you don't know the story you can read all about it HERE on my old blog or you can follow the links below to the individual blog posts.
Its a story of .....
Redundancy and imminent repossesion
Making ourselves homeless
Living illegally part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

The hobbit hole was the place we finally relaxed into and felt safe.
It was behind a big gate, down a little alleyway, hidden behind an old pub and had its own private courtyard.
I still felt really stressed whenever Loki barked at the sound of the gate being opened and still dreaded answering the phone just incase it was someone threatening me with eviction or a court order.
I guess it takes a long time to recover from what we had lived through.

This is the lounge and was taken on the day we moved in, its almost the entire flat,
There are also 2 small bedrooms and a bathroom

We have lived here in Lynton in the hobbit hole for 7 months.
During that time we have been made to feel welcome and accepted into the community. I doubt our new friends will ever know just how grateful we are to them for accepting us with open arms.
The summer was amazing even though it rained constantly, every weekend there was something new to do.
Raft race, dog show, fishing competitions.
But the hole is now cold, dark, damp and cramped as we have shut the french doors.

And its time to move on to better things, into our new hobbit mansion.

The new flat is massive and only 2 doors away so we will still be living in the old part of the village.

This is the first landing and gives some idea of just how huge the flat is.

 Its 2 floors of huge rooms and has a huge kitchen

 and even larger lounge along with a fireplace and shutters.

And a view or rather several views

The only problem is it doesn't have an outside, but we live in a small village cradled in hills, with the sea on one side and the moors on the other. Our outside is only a 2 minute walk away.

I think I've drunk enough coffee am now off to clean some windows and my new bedroom.


  1. It makes me happy to hear the happiness in your words and bright pretty pictures you have posted. A happy holiday season to you and yours. You have all deserved it for a long time. Helen

  2. Hi there. I was looking at your ravelry pattern, and would love to make it for my mom for Christmas, but it seems to be discontinued. There wouldn't be any way to access it, would there?

    1. Hi Abby

      I've just bloged about the Angel scarf pattern

    2. Awesome, thank you so much!

  3. Wishing you and Homer and Daisy a wonderful, prosperous and happy times in your new home. Goodness knows you deserve it !!

  4. Good to hear you sounding so positive and looking forward to another new chapter in the NDS Family story :) I wish you every happiness in your new home (and may it be the best Christmas yet).



  5. Good luck in your new home.You have had such a dreadful time but it looks as though you have turned a corner.And what a beautiful part of the country to be in.( I did meet you at Andy's in Chester).

  6. This just makes me very happy to See this. Can't wait for Christmas in the new flat. All the family together for warmth and an amazing time. Can't be more excited :D xxx

  7. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas in your new home and that you are home at last!

  8. I have your beautiful Lilly pattern which I love and is slowly coming together as I can afford the yarn. I have just been reading about how life has been unfolding for you and it has brought tears to my eyes particularly as something similar is happening to my sister. I am full of admiration for how you have carried on but realise you have only shared the 'highlights' of what was a very difficult time for you. I hope that 2013 will be a real turning point for you all