My last post detailed some of what I love about my home here in England. And truly, I do love our house here. In fact, if I had to choose between my home in the U.S. and my home here, I’d pick this house in a heartbeat. But… that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few sacrifices we’ve made in terms of housing amenities when we moved across the pond. I’ve outlined my pet peeves below.
The washer and dryer
If I could change anything about my house here, I’d change these two appliances. With four members of our family, including two messy little boys, laundry is a constant in our lives. My British washer and dryer can only fit about half of what a load in the U.S. would consist of. And it probably takes about twice as long to run the washer, and the dryer can be even more time-consuming. It’s no wonder that on nice days, you’ll see laundry hanging to dry at even the most posh homes around here. I’ve gone from doing about 3-4 loads per week in the U.S. to 6-7 loads per week here. And that’s even after I’ve considerably changed my standards as far as what’s truly “dirty.”
Now, in general, there’s nothing wrong with our windows. They open easily, let in cool breezes on warm days, and provide a beautiful view of the English countryside. But do you know what they lack? Screens. Meaning in the nice months, when I want to savor the beautiful air, I have a huge bug problem. I’m constantly killing little creatures of all shapes and sizes. Yuck! While I’m thankful that there are no mosquitos here, I’d prefer to not feel like I’m camping all summer. And so I end up keeping my windows closed more often than I’d like to.
We knew we’d have to say goodbye to our spacious two-car American garage. But I know this winter, I’ll miss getting into my relatively warm car that was protected from the elements all night. In fact, most Brits use their garages for storage or as a workshop. Rarely do you see cars actually parked in them. And while I don’t know if this is typical, our garage is attached to our house but we have no access to it from within our home. Seems so unusual to me!
But like I said, in general, we love our home here. I know I will miss it when this experience comes to an end in a few years. I will, however, happily reunite with my American washer and dryer!