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Jul. 8th, 2010 | 10:53 pm
location: new flat!

Some readers, not all that many, may have seen my previous flat, which could generously be described as "far too small". In fact even my old landlord said that it was too small for me, when confronted by my drying rack and stinkwood stool (don't ask) a few feet in front of the door when he came in. It wasn't a place where you could really entertain visitors. The bedroom was really a room for the bed, with a gap of a foot or so by the side of it. The shower made an awful grinding noise whenever turned on. The washing machine leaked all over the kitchen floor unless the gap underneath was plugged up with a cloth.

There were mice. Daring, acrobatic mice.

I am now in a larger flat, very close to the old one - literally the next street down. It is a bit more expensive, an extra £90 or so a month, but on the plus side

* it is significantly larger. The bedroom is actually a room that you can walk around in. Kitchen's actually smaller now I think of it but that's okay, it does the job and doesn't have to double as a book storage area any more;
* it's in a block with an internal garden and a caretaker who is I'm told quite nice. Also I know a couple of people who live here;
* there are lots of windows, which are double-glazed;
* there are lots of shelves though I may well get more;
* there are lots of power points in convenient locations rather than "buried behind a radiator";
* there is a (very small) balcony with a view quite a way south. Not an amazingly inspiring view, but the sky is probably the best part and there's a lot of that.

So far, after one night, the only problems seem to be

* the shower is a bit weedy;
* the mattress is a bit spring-poky;
* the fridge smells a bit odd - yes, ha ha fridge smells, yes - I need to scrub it out with some bicarb;
* it's on the fourth floor, though there is a lift, otherwise moving stuff would be a nightmare;
* it's noisy here. It is on a main road, and even though I am four floors up the traffic is louder than I would have thought. There are also aeroplanes. But that sort of noise has never really bothered me much; it doesn't keep me awake.
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from: lilyvalley
date: Jul. 9th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)

I live along a busy street, and if I don't have a radio playing, I can't fall asleep. But for some reason if the radio's on, I can tune out the traffic.

Congratulations on the move!

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 9th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)

Me: I can hear a butterfly's wing in China at night. Not to mention heavy snoring .... and helicopters doing night flights ... and seagulls at dawn.

My lifesaver is Boots Muffles wax earplugs. As a seasoned (20 year plus user) I can safely say: I don't need one in each ear, I cut them in half. They say use once and throw away. I dare not tell you how long I use mine before I throw them away ... I would probably be reported to health and safety.

I am so dependent on them that even though a box of ten must last me three months or more (damn, now health and safety know) I have at least 20 boxes of them in case they ever stop making them.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 14th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)

you've probably inadvertently packed a couple of the acrobatic mice and introduced them to your new place.

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