We overlook them a hundred times a day but I'm coming to realise that it's the little things that have made this move such a good idea.
That extra £75 a month I'm paying in rent has bought us a few extra square feet. The dining table is no longer in the living room, better storage means that I have a proper bedroom rather than a dumping ground for all of the things that didn't really fit in the old house, the kitchen is enormous compared to anything I have ever had before and our bathroom is now upstairs.
Better than all of that though is that it's bought calm, quiet and contentment. I hadn't realised just how much our old area was affecting me. Now I sleep all the way through the night and feel safe when I go outside in the dark. The walls are thick enough that we haven't heard so much as a peep from our new neighbours. The old house was damp and I have felt instantly more healthy since we moved. Money very well spent, I think.
There's a view across the valley from the front that shows the entire town which was quite amazing to look at with the storms that passed over a last week. We've been enjoying free fireworks shows from the window, too, and I suspect that we'll be able to spot the Christmas lights when they are switched on next month.
Every day we're a little bit more settled and sorted. I seem to be spiralling through the house and refining each room a little more as I visit.
People keep commenting that I sound upbeat and I am. In all honesty I'm in a state of shock that a) I managed, on my own, without panicking. And b) everything just fell into place, which I'm taking as a sign from the universe that it was meant to be.
There's a part of me that is still waiting for a crisis of some kind as I'd prepared myself - first for Yarndale, and then for the move - for a lot of stress but I have coped and it has all worked out wonderfully.
Now is the time for other little things – carving out our daily nooks and routines in our new space. And what better time to do that than November? Perfect late autumn days where cosying up indoors is exactly where you want to be and right now I really feel the need to retreat into domestic comfort and recover from the last few hectic months so that I will be recharged and ready for the festive season.