In The Dumps

I am feeling blue. In three months of house hunting only two suitable properties have become available for rent, and on both occasions the landlords chose someone else. Which is their prerogative of course, but my hopes of a garden for summer are seeming slim now, and I can’t help feeling disappointed.


no house


There is so little available that every three bedroom house that comes up is inundated with interested parties. And of the six I have viewed only two have been a decent enough size for our family. After another ‘no’ yesterday, I feel like nobody is ever going to choose us when they have a range of people applying for the same house – there will always be a smaller family or people who look financially better on paper.

It is disheartening, but equally I am trying not to take it to heart. The people turning us down don’t know us, it is nothing personal, just business for them. But for me it is a home not just a financial transaction, and I am desperate for a garden. I long to be able to fling open the doors on a sunny day. I want to be able to buy a paddling pool and a sandpit. I want to sit out in the last of the days sunshine when my children are in bed, cold drink in hand.

I am trying to put my faith in the ‘the right one will come along’ idea, but I wish it would hurry up and arrive. Come on Universe, lob the perfect place in our direction before I face another Summer holidays garden-less!

The thought of six weeks trying to entertain two boys of very different ages without an outdoor space to throw them out into is frankly terrifying me at the moment. The recent far shorter holidays have been trying to say the least. Syd misses his regular routine of playgroups and pre-school, especially missing the chance to get outside and play on their trampoline or in the water trays. Max has outgrown play parks and the like, and has to be dragged out against his will. There is little in terms of a day out that has equal entertainment value for a two-year old and a ten-year old, I was pinning my hopes on having our own garden for messy games and general romping about to keep us busy and sane.

So keep your fingers crossed for us, and I will try and keep my chin up for a little bit longer. And if you have a three bedroom house to rent in Dorchester, you know where to find me πŸ˜‰ ,

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. June 6, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Ah I hope you manage to find it soon. Even just with one child I found the recent half term trying to say the least. The six weeks holiday fills me with dread. Whilst we have a communal garden, we’re on the first floor and other residents don’t clean up after their dogs so it’s not a space I can send Harry to and just keep an ear out for. Fingers crossed for you!
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    • June 6, 2014 / 10:12 am

      It is hard not having a garden isn’t it, I feel guilty moaning about it when we have a nice home and our health, things could be worse! I loathe people who don’t clear up after their dogs- I always did when I was a dog owner, and I can’t understand why people would leave it in a garden where kids might want to play – gggggrrrrr!
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  2. June 6, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Oh I hear ya with this one. We’re in a upstairs flat that we’ve rapidly outgrowing with no outside space, and due to buying the place at the top of the market, it’s worth about 18p and a bag of crisps, so selling it isn’t an option. Looking at renting houses, getting rid of the flat and trying again in a couple of years, but the market for a 3 bedder (I need an office – currently working out of the corner of my bedroom – how relaxing) is cack. Bah! x
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  3. June 6, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Do hope you find that “perfect house” soon. I feel for you. Everything is happening so slow in the quest to make our current house into a “spacier” one. Have yet to blog about it. Will keep fingers crossed for you. x
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  4. June 6, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    You have every right to be disappointed and feel sorry for yourself Sonya. How disheartening πŸ™ It’s all very well to shoot platitudes like ‘the right one will come along’ at you but when this happens it probably doesn’t feel much like it. Will keep everything crossed for you my lovely, I wouldn’t want to face a summer without a garden either πŸ™ x
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  5. June 6, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    Ah honey, I’m feeling exactly the same but about job hunting. Hard to keep motivated some times. I’ve got everything crossed for you and your garden, wherever it is.

  6. June 6, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    I can imagine how depressing and draining it must be to find the perfect house for you all. I hope you find somewhere soon..
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  7. Tracy Angus
    June 6, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    I feel your pain – I really want my boys to be able to play football in the garden, sadly it is not to be but we do have the perfect excuse to have out and about. Keeping everything crossed for you.
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  8. June 7, 2014 / 6:09 am

    Fingers crossed it comes soon. I know what you mean as I have a garden that’s not very usable at the moment but it does have a 14ft trampoline and that’s bad enough. Good luck with your search.
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  9. June 7, 2014 / 11:16 am

    Bloody hard and i wish I could help. So frustrating when you are doing all your can but the gods are not on your side.

    You are welcome to come and house sit at ours for two weeks when we are away and have our garden. And hot tub πŸ™‚
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  10. June 7, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Poor you! I would hate to face summer without a garden. It’s bad enough dealing with a nearly 13 year old and an 8 year and your age gap is much bigger. I’m not surprised you feel downhearted and I’m sure something will come along eventually, but possibly not in time for the summer holidays now. Keeping everything crossed for you!
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  11. June 7, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    You have all my sympathy with this.Until we moved I spent 12 years in a flat with 3 kids.It was horrendous to say the least.I’ll be sending out some good vibes for you because no one needs to be stuck indoors when the sun is shining.

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