Thursday, August 29, 2013

House on the Hill

A week ago we arrived in Buxton, UK. We were very eager to find a new home, so we immediately went to the local estate agent offices.

For a month, we had been ogling a beautiful 4 bedroom house on a British estate agent app. Unfortunately, the estate agent managing that property only allowed people who have been living in the UK for more than 6 months to rent from them. That was pretty disappointing.

Luckily, the other estate agents were much more flexible. On Friday, we did numerous house viewings around Buxton. We saw some nice apartments, some awful ones, and one really awesome apartment in this House on one of Buxton's Hills.

We knew we wanted it, pretty much immediately. But we weren't the only ones. We had to be patient all the way through a 3-day weekend (damn those Bank Holidays) to find out that we are allowed to rent it!

Our first floor apartment (second floor for Americans) has a living room, two bedrooms, a large bathroom with jacuzzi tub, en suite shower room, and a kitchen with all appliances (even a washer/dryer). The building has an elevator (which will be great when we move furniture in), there's parking, and a communal entrance where we will receive mail and packages. 

Oh and did you notice the huge landscaped garden around our building? The photos only show as far as the fountain, but it's still quite a hike down the hill from the pond to the street. So it's nice and quiet.


During our second viewing we took some quick measurements, and I was able to draw a floor plan to give you an idea of the place. I didn't measure the kitchen and bathrooms, so those are drawn by guesstimate.


We are so excited to move in. We're tired of living out of our suitcases, we left our place in Fruitvale on July 30th. That's almost a month ago... 

Unfortunately, we have to muster up a little more patience. The company that does the inventory and check-in at our new building does not have an opening until Monday. Grmpf. Life in England is pretty slow and during weekends everything stops. Oh well, at least we're making friends at the local coffee shop, where we spend our days waiting.

Four more sleeps and then we get to sleep in our new apartment!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

England Owl Giveaway


Our big intercontinental move is almost finished! We'll be taking an international train to England this week! We hope to be settled in and have fully started our new British adventure by the time the winner of this giveaway will be announced on September 1st. In honor of our new country of residence, I have made an English owl. It has the flag of England on its front and the British flag on its back.

You can gather a total of four entries to win this owl keychain. One by leaving a comment on this blog post (include your email address), another by reposting the giveaway on instagram (reposting multiple times does not increase your entries), a third by liking+commenting on the original giveaway photo on the eleventh monkey facebook page, and a fourth entry by sharing the giveaway on your facebook wall.

He will be given away in two weeks, good luck!

Last giveaway's winner:
 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Cupcake Owl Giveaway


Lots has been going on in the last two weeks. We had our farewell party, we moved out of our place, and right now were enjoying our farewell roadtrip. I have lots of photos and memories to share, and will probably squeeze them in between posts here in the future. All I have time for now is the bi-weekly owl giveaway.

Next week is my 33rd birthday, so I decided to make a cupcake owl! With lots of creamy frosting and colorful sprinkles.

You can gather a total of 4 entries to win this owl keychain. One by leaving a comment on this blog post (include your email address), another by reposting the giveaway on instagram (reposting multiple times does not increase your entries), a third by liking+commenting on the original giveaway photo on the eleventh monkey facebook page, and a fourth entry by sharing the giveaway on your facebook wall. He will be given away in two weeks, good luck!

Last giveaway's winner: