I spent ages last night looking through old photo albums to try and find a photo of our first house in Torquay, but couldn’t find one. This morning, I have discovered that I can embed photos from Google Street View into my blog by copying a nifty bit of code, which has pleased me no end.
I moved to from Bournemouth to Torquay to live with Ashley in 1995 – to this blue terraced house in a not-very-nice part of Torquay very close to Torquay United’s football ground. Ashley had owned the house for several years, and had let out rooms to various friends and friends of friends to help pay the mortgage.
Before I moved in, I put my foot down regarding the tenants and made him get rid of the last two who were still living there. I didn’t want to start life as a couple of living together feeling like I was going back to being a student in a shared house! When I moved in, I think the house would probably have been described by an estate agent as ‘having bags of potential’ or ‘a good buy for a DIY enthusiast’.
It had no central heating, a 1950s kitchen (no longer at its best), a downstairs bathroom, and next door neighbours on both sides who were, how shall I put it, interesting characters. Housework was not Ashley’s strong point (still isn’t, funnily enough) and I remember spending DAYS scrubbing and cleaning and mopping (with his mother, who came to help me – we got on better in those days) just to make the place habitable.
But despite the basic accommodation, I have some happy memories of our time living at St Edmunds Road, and I remember a couple of great parties we had, too! I can’t say I was sorry, though, when we moved to a cottage in the country in 1997.
Ashley still owns the house – it’s been rented out since we moved out – and it is the only house in the street still with its original windows and front door. It still doesn’t have any central heating, but we have updated the kitchen, put in a shower room upstairs and had it re-roofed a few years ago.
It does look as if the outside needs painting, though, judging by this picture. Must mention it to Ashley!