Monday, April 11, 2022

There’s no place like home

 Dave has always called Hepworth Towers “the ugliest house in the village,” and perhaps it was when we bought it. Now it’s not. But in any case, I don’t care what the house looks like from the outside because if I’m inside or outside I’m looking at our fabulous views of the countryside, not the house. Just look at the header. And these:

It’s always hard to say goodbye to our Colorado family, but Hepworth Towers is a fabulous place to come home to. And coming home this time, at the beginning of spring, has verged on a spiritual experience. This is me, lapping up the greenness after the dried grass in Colorado:

But there have been changes.

First up, the tower of yoghurt cartons in the kitchen window: they have to go.

Then there is the toothpaste tube hanging on the bathroom window reveal.

I’ve always chided Dave about his messy habits with toothpaste and this is his new solution. He says he is using far less toothpaste as a result, and if he’d made this adjustment 50 years ago he’d have saved enough money to buy another guitar. Yes Dave.

The other difference is the temperature of the house. It’s bracing. The lane we live on has no gas supply and we depend on oil-fired central heating, plus a log burning stove. The price of our last batch of oil was 61 pence per litre but two weeks ago the price was 128 ppl. So we didn’t stock up and the heating is off. So although we don’t have ice on the inside of our windows, like we did when I was little, its …well…bracing, as I said. But I am getting used to it. I lived without central heating for the first 30 years of my life and I can do it again. We do have plenty of logs thanks to Dave’s hard work scouring the countryside last winter, and we’re fine. 

And the last change? I brought it home with me. These Lego figures were a present from Isaac when we visited the Lego store in Golden with the family:

Dave and me


Anonymous said...

Those Lego figures!! Just love them. And always enjoy your photos of the wonderful surrounds of Hepworth Towers The aspect is stunning and so green

Sally said...

You write so well Sue, this post really gave me the giggles! Home sweet home!
Love your view. Sally

marmee said...

Great hi tech toothpaste solution! I think our house is the ugliest in our street ....looks like a child's drawing , too funny! But we are happy inside of it! I can still remember how surprised I was by the deep green of the english countryside the first time I visited there , lovely pics Sue!

Sue Hepworth said...

Hello old friends - Sally, Ana and Marmee - thank you for your comments.
The fields and the view and the green will improve from now on but I thought I should post honest pictures of what it looks like now.

Anonymous said...

I’m glad you are home safely and that it gave you a welcome. There are lots of upcycling initiatives in our area - a lady who hires herself out for community craft days using recycled materials would welcome your yoghurt pot stash with open arms. The Lego figures are splendid - well done Isaac.

Its not bracing here yet, but we are bracing ourselves for things to come ..