Our Fort in Fordwych
April 2008, by Gini
After a month on Dunsters' couch we thought it was high time we moved on out. Plus a landlord was willing to take three unemployed tenants and one super generous and responsible brother to foot the bill if sh*t hit the fan. Thankfully it hasn't happen yet!
We opted for a flat in the same area more for convenience than choice but the area had a familiar feel to it from the times I've visited so it was good to have something comfortable with all the new changes. Prior to finding the flat, Tom and I search high and low for three weeks seeing a variety of flats, bungalows, cardboard boxes – well it wasn't that bad but it was interesting! it was a relief when Lauren and I found the flat to be (sounds like a marriage doesn't it?) Us girls made the decision as the boys weren't in sight and the thought of another week on the couch clinched the deal - oh and we can't forget the magical attic too!
It was awesome staying with the Dunster crew, they all made us feel welcome and they are a great bunch of people – so thank you! While living there we had done some ground work research into our locals which was an added bonus when we didn't move far. While the flat hunt was on we had also started the famous job hunt. Tom's first one in eight years, so nerves were out to play but with a few hours of him posting his CV, his poor iPhone didn't stop ringing for the next few days, it seems Web is the new black? So within a few days and a few more interviews later he landed an awesome job with a antipodean society based company called Delete London. So now we refer to Tom as Senior Web Developer, the master – so clever!
My line of work was a lot like the industry, we will call you type of attitude. So I waited for those calls and they came! Work station was the first recruitment agency which replied in record time and landed me an interview with Clear Channel Outdoor for a position a little more Senior than I thought I was ready for! Oh well challenges are good right? So after a few interviews I joined the CCO crew and into the England workforce.
Tom started a week before I did, but we cleverly wrangled the keys for a night time move so the boys could be part of the action. It was a full workout too, down three flights of stairs at Dunster and then back up another 3 flights at Fordwych end of the journey – we deserved our door delivered curry by the end of the move. So we got a normal bed on Day 30 in the country, let just say the mattress didn't live up to the expectations. Bare springs weren't our type of mattress. With another day with the van, Lauren and I (the women) took to the supermarket and Ikea for all the essentials for a flat.
After all the rushing around, we were settled but then we were off again for Easter to Penzance for the long weekend but we had a home and jobs. Lauren had just accepted a job on the same day we left on holiday so it all worked out in the end.
Since the move we have been enjoying the simple things in life, for one having a bed for more than a few days! (being a travel bunny has its ups and downs of course). Draws, coat hangers, clean clothes and towels oh the list goes on. Basically a home in a nutshell felt really good. Our first in nine months. London put on a beautiful display of its elements and it snowed in April on a Sunday morning. So when Poggy started yelling 'I can't believe it' with his head out the window, we woke, pulled back the curtain for a surprise and a half. White covered everything – it felt like Christmas, it was pretty special so porridge was on the menu for the morning followed by croissants.
We've since had our beds transformed with new mattresses at good ol' Manish (our landlords) expense. If you have ever seen any of our previous flats you will know we like to make things and have fun doing things up so over the past few weeks we have transferred our attic into our Tang studio were great things are created. We finally feel like we have 'our place' on the other side of world.