Our new home, and the stories behind it

For ages now I've been resistant to posting too much 'personal stuff' on the blog, but I'm increasingly being told that I should. I've also had many friends, clients and followers ask how Dan and I are getting on with our new home, which we bought in February this year, so I thought it was high time I shared some pictures! Our initial house hunt had been driven by my desire for a period property, so when we ended up falling in love with a 1950's semi, I have to admit at being just a bit disappointed that we didn't have a house oozing with character. But then we found this envelope hidden behind a built-in wardrobe in the second bedroom... photo(5)And we found this inside...

photo(9)In fact, the oldest note was a ten shilling note, and went right up to an old style five pound note. There were just a couple of each denomination in the envelope, which lead us to wonder... why was it there? And why such a varied range? Clearly they had been produced at very different times, so what were those notes doing together in that envelope? After a bit of research, we believe that these notes were linked to a tradition. The story goes that on your wedding day, you'd keep back some money that you were given as a token for good luck. On your ten year anniversary, you'd add more money to the collection. On your twentieth anniversary, you'd do the same. We have forty years' worth of a beautifully romantic tradition in an old brown envelope, along with a couple of love notes. The shilling notes have been framed and have taken pride of place in our living room.

It didn't stop there. We also uncovered this book...

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photo(7)This was dated 1948, and contains some really beautiful butterfly illustrations - the sort that you'd pay serious money for! I've scanned some of these pages and have framed them too - they're too special to leave in a drawer.

It's so wonderful that despite being a relatively young building, the house has told us some amazing stories already about the people who have lived here; who they were, what they did and what mattered to them. It's lovely to build up a picture of the people who have been here before us and contributed to the story of our first home.