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Leaving The Kitchen Shed

imageI can’t quite believe that tonight is our last night living here in The Garage, home of The Kitchen Shed. Maybe it’s because I haven’t packed a thing. not. one. thing. Or maybe because in the last 15 months we have come to love living in this little space.

August 2013 saw our family leave a beautiful barn conversion in a great village to undertake a years adventure in our family’s garage conversion. We loved where we were living but wanted to save money for a house of our own and felt that coming to live in the garage would be a wonderful opportunity for us to do just that.

We knew that our move would include some sacrifices, the biggest being living without a bedroom or a bed and sleeping on a sofa bed in the living room instead. It was fine for the first 3 months but after that I got the feeling that sofa beds were not made for every day use. But it was survivable and quickly became a part of normal life. I probably wont miss it though…imageThe boys have done really well too. I know that it has been a bit difficult for them to be in a smaller space but they have adapted to life really well here.

They have learned to love showers and sleeping in a bunk bed, the weekday morning rush and singing high school musical on the drive to school, Saturday mornings snuggled on the sofa bed together watching movies and riding their bikes in Grandmas garden.imageLiving in the garage meant that we were living without running hot water, (although the shower was hot) we lived without a bath and a wardrobe, we had to drive to school, run our hob from a gas bottle and had very little storage space.

But what we have gained has been so worth any sacrifice. We have been able to save a deposit for a house, spend wonderful time with our extended family, build relationships that would never have been the same without the move and we have created this blog.

My Kitchen Shed is one of my favourite places in the world. I am gutted to leave it behind but thankful for the wonderful memories I have made and can look back on here on the blog.imageimageI would never have had this blog without living here in the garage. It has seen me through good days and bad days and I cannot imagine what life would have been like living here without it. Every single blog recipe up until now has been made and photographed here in The Kitchen Shed, a shed that used to store my brother in laws dirt bikes has been a part of creating beautiful meals and photos for the blog.

imageI am so glad that we have had the opportunity to live here. I’m grateful for our kind family for allowing us to stay here and make this our home. I have learned a lot whilst living here and will take so much away from the last 15 months:

  1. The most important things in life are not things
  2. You can make any house a home
  3. You can make and reach goals even when situations aren’t ideal
  4. Sacrifices are worth making
  5. The best things in life are free

So, it is the end of an era. The end of blogging life as I know it. It hasn’t always been easy but every day was worth it and I thank every single one of you for making my life here a little easier by sharing your stories with me and for supporting me in my adventure.imageimage As hard as it is to leave this place, I am really looking forward to going back to ‘normal life’ again. Sleeping in a bed, letting the boys run around the garden and then letting them jump into the bath. Walking to school and being back in the village we left behind. It’s exciting and the best thing about it is that I get to take The Kitchen Shed with me, wherever I go. This blog will continue to be a part of my life to encourage me to be healthier and happier then ever.

I couldn’t have done any of this without my very patient and kind Husband. He has always supported me in everything I have done and helped me to achieve goals and dreams. It doesn’t matter where you live, as long as you have the support and love of people around you, you can survive anything 🙂

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