Well, we moved to our new house on the 13th, and we're still busy sorting stuff out, but I'm at finally starting to settle in.
On the downside :
* The office is much smaller - previously we used the 2nd double bedroom as the office (my wife and I both work from home, she runs her fathers horticulture business, http://www.pukkaplants.co.uk) but now we use the 3rd bedroom which is a small single (or box room as they're called in the uk)
* The view is mostly over the rest of the village (which looks less and less like a village and more like a conurbation by the month), rather than the nice view over Hugus towards the Poldice valley, but at least I have an OK view of the valley to the north from the office, between the houses opposite.
* The kitchen is smaller and less stylish (although reasonably well spec'd, clean and modern) than our old one. There's nothing actually wrong with it, but we designed our old kitchen ourselves and loved it.
* We are now on a water meter, which is going to suck big time in the summer when we water the garden.
* There is still a ton of work to do - lots of plants to plant, and pots to move into the garden that are currently in a pile behind the garage, need to fix the hole I made in the conservatory wall, need to remove the dodgy tree stumps in the garden, need to repaint most of upstairs and replace the carpets, need to decorate the nursery, need to hang our pictures up, and put a mirror and shelf in the bathroom (I'm still using my wife's 3 inch compact mirror to shave) and a long list of other work.
On the plus side :
* We have a nursery for our baby girl due in march.
* We have a garage, which I'll be converting into a home gym (as well as housing the spare freezer, tumble dryer, etc).
* We have a huge conservatory, which is south facing and so warm, as well as really nicely done.
* We have a nice landscaped garden, with enough grass for our little girl to play on a swing or whatever.
* We have a big enough patio to have barbeques outside without carefully arranging the garden furniture to be on the same level and not half in gravel, half on patio or leaning back into bushes.
* We're within walking distance of family, saving a *lot* of driving and making life easier - especially at christmas, now that my father-in-law and I can finally drink without having to worry about playing taxi-driver to ferry our families to and fro.
* We're closer to the shops, bus stop and garage.
* The neighbours are friendlier, and we're around the corner from our local carpenter, electrician and cat-sitter.
* Our broadband is now twice as fast
* I can walk or cycle to Muay Thai
* We finally have a decent sized built-in wardrobe
* We finally have a decent sized table with enough chairs for people to come to dinner without having to squeeze next to each other, and nobody has to sit under the stairs or on a computer chair.
* lots of other stuff too
So.. on the whole it's very cool - I never thought I'd be able to afford to get a family sized house and work locally, but it's finally happened. yeay!