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Peek into the Church of Bcock

As I mentioned, right before the airing of our House Hunters International episode we had actually moved from the house we chose on the episode- though we did live in that house for about 10 months (well we leased it for 10 months, lived in it about 8 since our stuff with MIA in the sea for a couple extra months).

Our house was fine. Just fine. But not sure if you missed it in the HHI episode, it was pretty suitable….but I wanted sheep! And countryside! And rural life! And something more ‘Scottish’ – a house I wouldn’t find or move into in the states. And that’s exactly what we found: an old church complete with cemetery in the backyard.IMG_0001

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Not only that, we have some yard, a stream behind the house, trails across the street, and not only can I see sheep from the backyard…but cows too. There’s only been one day where the wind made the proximity to dairy a problem…and I’m willing to live with that.

 

doot-doot-do looking out my back door.

doot-doot-do looking out my back door.

IMG_0003 DSC_0084 The house is way too big for us as a two person, one dog household… but we’re definitely making use of the extra bedrooms with guests this summer, the full size laundry room, and the massive kitchen. They’ve mixed some old bits of the church (the floor/ceiling, original pew, beans throughout the house, window shapes) with a lot of new (floor lightening, disco counter top kitchen, sun lights). It’s a bit of a hodge podge, but I’m pretty keen on it. And despite the sheer size, it feels quite homey and cozy.

random new light fixtures

random new light fixtures

where all the magic happens (and messes)

where all the magic happens (and messes)

big green

big green

front door thistle & rose

front door thistle & rose

foyer wall

foyer wall

original church pew

original church pew

can't wait to light this baby up this winter

can’t wait to light this baby up this winter

In every room there is some crazy beam work - this is one guest bedroom

In every room there is some crazy beam work – this is one guest bedroom

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ceiling

ceiling

Master bedroom detail

Master bedroom detail

Master bath detail

Master bath detail

I should mention the downsides of this house…. There aren’t THAT many, but they are pretty bad.

  • Spider population is out of control. Out. Of. Control. Every day I vacuum up about 3-5 and every morning I still wake up with spider bites.  Do you know how disturbing that is?  If the average person eats 8 spiders a year in their sleep….we have to be consuming about 3 a week at least.  I’m don’t even eat breakfast anymore.
  • It took 2 months to get internet, a month to get a fridge, and now that there’s been a leak- I’m sure 3 months until it’s patched. Don’t ever rent from Stonehouse Letting. Also, now that we have internet it sucks pretty hard and they’re not sure we can ever have cable.  This is not such a problem in summer…in winter, there might be some Shining moments.
  • No water pressure…my hair always has that dull, greasy vibe.
  • It’s naturally less convenient since it’s more rural. I don’t mind the drive into town, what I do mind is it’s less convenient to go for a run. Sure there are roads by me, but they are super hilly and small so that makes them difficult to run and a little unsafe. You definitely can’t run with headphones…the whole single track lanes that aren’t one way- you need to be paying attention or you’re gonna get clipped by a side-mirror…which hurts I assure you.

What I was skeptical on was having neighbors. We split the church with another family and have on shared wall. But we really lucked out here…our neighbors are amazing! I’m not sure if it’s the walls or the family, but we can never hear them (even with a dog and two young children)! They’ve also brought us fresh fish they caught and chocolates! And it doesn’t hurt they are literally the cutest little Scottish family ever, including the grandparents that live in Stonehaven. And the fact the great grandparents are buried in the cemetery so they’ve put in a good word and assured us we won’t be haunted.

House Hunters International Post Airing

I miss our home!

I miss our home!

Well I have to say….after watching the episode live {with very poor streaming quality at 6:30am} as well as a couple times now with our official DVD copy…I have to say it turned out as good as I could have hoped.

Good looking couple there...

Good looking couple there…

I totally called that they would include the bit of me jumping up and down yelling, “Sheep! Sheep!” I mean, how could they not? Despite the fact that NONE of those houses were by sheep…. I’m a little sad that there’s so much in each house {well, not the first one. That one sucked. You missed nothing in that flat} that you didn’t get a chance to see- like an awesome chicken coup and office rooms and additional bedrooms. And they had no shots of our great “going away” party other than my mother chewing E’s ass out about making sure she has an en suite {I smell a spinoff}. But I guess you have 22 minutes to fit in 5+ days of filming…I also feel a bit sorry for them as we are terribly awkward it seems when we are forced to repeat lines and make really long, awkward pauses in the middle of our sentences. Well, what can you do?

This is right when I told E to get a helmet....

This is right when I told E to get a helmet….

But really, I’m pretty pleased. Well, could have been more pleased if the world didn’t see angsty teenage lb.

l + e circa 2001

l + e circa 2001

I don’t think we looked terrible {although the pieces from the last 2 days of filming, our noses are definitely red, we’re definitely exhausted, and we’re definitely sick as hell!} I don’t think it was edited in a way where people at home had a lot of fuel to hate us on. E wasn’t an awful bad guy and I didn’t come off as an entitled bitch {at least I don’t think}. We were actually pretty boring to watch I’m assuming…no big disagreement or confrontation. But I can only assume we had more viewers than the NBA finals that night even though I didn’t stop my feet and demand more closet space for my shoes.

Naturally, we make big decisions standing in front of epic coastline and castle ruins.

Naturally, we make big decisions standing in front of epic coastline and castle ruins.

Would I do it again? Sure! And I just might on our next move. I have on good word that they love having repeat offenders…if we’re lucky and get assigned somewhere else abroad I would love to do another HHI. Especially now that I know the ropes. I would actually love to do it again now in our new old house church. It would make for a much more exciting episode. Not only are there sheep but ghosts too!

What did you think about our episode? Would you ever do a show like House Hunters?

Did you miss our fabulous first airing? It’s okay, there’s always repeats! Our show will be replaying on Tuesday, August 4th at 9:30pm Central and Wednesday, August 5th at 12:30 Central on HGTV – in case you want to hear me yelling about sheep some more.   You can check for other airings right HERE.

 

Sheep!  Sheep!  At least they got a shot of my big, ole american chompers.

Sheep! Sheep! At least they got a shot of my big, ole american chompers.

House Hunters International Reminder

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Just a quick reminder if you’re living state-side, our House Hunters International episode airs tonight.  Most of you will be seeing it before me since we’ll watch the second playing of it in the evening which is 6:30am our time.  Don’t be too critical….it’s not really real and as I’ve learned, I’m a shit actress.

And it should be noted, I just turned over the keys to the house we “picked” on the episode this morning and we are now living in a 200 year old church.

Also, please note that I was forced to run out of the car, jump up and down, and yell “sheep, sheep!”…FORCED.

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House Hunters International

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Well we’ve just found out the airdate of our House Hunters International airing. If you don’t know what HHI is…have you been living under a rock? It’s a ‘reality’ show on HGTV, there are a couple different versions, the most popular being House Hunters and House Hunters International. In each version someone (a person, a couple, a family) is searching for a house. They have their list of must-haves, and you go with them on a tour of 3 houses across a variety of budgets and features and see them choose the house of their dreams.

The original version is people buying a home. The international version is most often renting. I’ve known for awhile it’s not exactly reality. That the show is filmed generally after people have already picked their house and closed on it…that’s why if you’re watching and want to bet on which house they choose (which is often not the house that makes sense to choose in the viewers mind) you should bet on whichever house has 0 furniture. Some times there can be more than one of these (and maybe even all 3) but most often 2 houses are somewhat staged and one house has nothing in it and that’s the house they’ve bought. This is because the staging is done since they already own it and they can’t very well put the actual couples furniture inside or there wouldn’t be a dramatic “3 months later…” reveal. Okay so that’s what I knew going into it.

And all that is true. We filmed our HHI experience in January. Maybe some of you are smart enough to look back and see we moved here in August, maybe. And maybe, just maybe, some of you will look back and see which house we chose and you can bet big money on us when you watch the show! There’s a Vegas line for HHI, no?

But anyway, our experience filming HHI….you do get paid a little bit. Generally you’d use that to fund your flight home to film your “going away”, but we were able to film our leaving bit when we were home for Christmas. It was pretty much a full day, 7am-7pm. The rest was filmed mid-January, what was supposed to be over 3 days and ended up being 5. And you don’t really realize how much they want you outside. And it’s January in Scotland. So for about 5 days we did nothing but film and freeze our asses off and get terribly sick. And I mean all day. The day they film the ‘winning’ house, the movers come at about 6 am to move all your things out, you film all day, and then they have to move all your things back in. It’s really exhausting. If you’re filming 3 days total- the pay out is worth it. 6 days? Ehhhhh. Advice if you’re ever approached: film in the summer or start off wearing tons of layers.

Seriously, so cold.

Seriously, so cold.

"angry brother" getting mic'd up

“angry brother” getting mic’d up

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Unfortunately we don’t get to see the episode before it airs, though we do get a copy after. I am pretty sure I’m going to be mortified. If not how my voice sounds and how annoying I will seem, than at least by how fat I am. UGH.  Anyway…it’s airing next month- mark your calendars! Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 4.35.32 PM

But for positives. Our crew was amazing. Super fun, super sweet, a couple super easy on the eyes. The director was a charming English silver fox. And I don’t know, just kind of a fun experience. I actually would do it again (which they say they’re keen to if we move to another country or possible when we repatriate ourselves.)

The adorable crew.

The adorable crew.

The funny part was, one house we toured, I actually fell in love with. So much so that I was almost crying. It turns out the house was available when we moved here initially, but it was over £4k a month! Now, since the market had gone to hell, it got slashed in half. I really wanted the house. And HHI dones’t even do it justice…it had a chicken coup! It had immaculate gardens out of a fairytale! It had a sun shack that was set to be an office in the middle of the garden that roatates on a massive lazy-suzan structure to follow the sun. It was huge. It had storage beyond my wildest dreams. It had a creepy stone room where you could hang your kill and let the blood drip out. IT WAS PERFECT. Okay the last bit a little creepy, but I really wanted the chicken coup! Think of the blog posts I could have with that!20150118_131043

Old Scottish dream home.

Old Scottish dream home.

Who wouldn't want this for a home office?!

Who wouldn’t want this for a home office?!

Most adorable chicken coop!

Most adorable chicken coop!

 

Anyway, seeing the house is what got me off my ass to see what’s up with our lease. We realized we could break it after 6 months without any penalty providing we gave 2 months notice. Why didn’t we take that house? Well, the main reason is that E’s commute would have been a solid hour each way, if not an hour 15 home. And I’m talking about 10 miles. Not worth it. He’ll try to say that it’s also in part to the fact that every doorframe other than the formal dining room and living room was 5’6”….but I had perfect plans to bedazzle him a helmet, it was really just the commute.

A helmet would totally fix this.

A helmet would totally fix this.

Funny how now the episode is airing 11 days after we move out of the house we chose into our new place.  No chicken coop…no totally dream garden and outdoor home office…but it’s pretty damn unique and Scottish-centric.  Stay posted for a tour of our new digs in June.