21 September 2018
Bungalow, derived from the Hindi word baṅgala, for a house in the Bengal style. Yes, we have bought a bungalow!
When we first bought our French house all those years ago we were young enough not to be fazed by all the hard work needed to maintain a very old, stone farmhouse. The stairs didn’t bother us; we could easily run up and down several times a day. Carrying logs up a flight of steps to feed the log burner wasn’t a problem. The wooden shutters and windows needed regular coats of varnish and I happily cleaned all the individual glass panes. It was a happy house, full of character and charm and suited us well.
I suppose Paul and I could have continued to manage this house for many more years to come but we always knew that it would become harder as we got older. Earlier this year we decided to look for something that would be easier to maintain in the future, back in the UK where we would have a secure and permanent residency.
Our search for a new home covered an extensive area; we wanted something modern, spacious, big garden, village location and far from any busy roads. We finally found a property that ticked all those boxes in Lincolnshire - a bungalow!
The property is deceptively large with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, two lounges, dining room and kitchen. There is also a workroom in the attic that Kat has already earmarked as her sewing room. It has been empty for a while and the garden is overgrown. It is a project that will keep us occupied for many months but I’m going to turn it into my dream home. And there are no stairs (apart from the ladder leading to the attic!).