24. 15 Wellington Rd (Basement Flat)
This was our first home together. We made an impromptu visit to Watford yesterday and took a stroll passed our old digs. The flower box we installed on the gate is still in use and has been filled with new flowers. The 'rock garden' in front is a bit weedy, but there is a suncatcher hanging on the brickwork arch by the door. It appears the residents are enjoying and loving the little place. It brought a few tears to my eyes.
We walked from the train station, passed our street, and down the High Street and Parade as if we had never left. Not much has changed in the year we were gone. The ducks are still in the pond and the pond looks a little clearer. There are a few new shops, but only one or two empty storefronts.
The mall is just as crowded on a Saturday, but we enjoyed visiting our old favorites and even got some shopping done.
At the time, many thought we were a bit crazy to move out to a London suburb for our first years in town, but that little basement flat was a great first home (despite the increasing water and mould issues that eventually drove us out and south to Greenwich). We established a lot of family traditions and routines in that little space and we will always be thankful for its 'character.'