Escape to the Country
15th October 2013
When I got a call from the BBC property show Escape to the Country, I thought they’d been spying on me. I have been plotting my very own escape to the country (well, the capital's green belt!) ever since I found out I was pregnant. A gorgeous top floor flat close to central London was perfect for a couple, but there just wasn’t enough room for a baby (and the mountains of paraphernalia a baby appears to require).
My husband and I had a very clear vision of what we were searching for in a property, which meant it soon became clear we were never going to find our dream home in time. So, we changed our expectations and soon stumbled upon a suitable house near both sets of grandparents-to-be (we know we are going to need their support over the next few years!).
Moving day came around very quickly. I’ve always thought using a professional home moving company was a bit indulgent but am so grateful my other half suggested we have Pickfords do all the hard work – it takes away so much of the stress of moving, especially when you are 7.5 months pregnant.
Just before the big move, I really didn’t feel ready to leave my life in London’s zone 2. But it’s funny how quickly we can forget about an old life and adjust to pastures new. It probably helped that I had no time to think, let alone unpack properly.
A few days later, I was on the road with Escape to the Country for three weeks helping other people try to find their dream home. It’s so fascinating and exciting to be part of someone else’s property search – mainly because there are so many emotions involved in a home move. The shows I filmed will air in the new year – I can’t wait to watch them from my new living room with a healthy new addition to the family in my arms!