All I Need In The Whole Wide World

I met two girls when I was around sixteen years of age.  Sadie and Sonia.  They were sisters and best friends to each other.  Their father, Reginald, was a talented architect. He worked on some of the projects I was involved in including some incredible restorations of listed buildings. Over the years I worked with Sadie, Sonia and their dad many times and became very fond of their family.

Reg had a special project – all of his own, although he did involve his family.  When the family showed me, I was really touched by what he had been doing in his spare time for more than thirty years.  Ronald had been drawing the blueprints for their dream house.  Each member of the family had expressed the features they would love to be included. He had thought about everything – as an architect can.  It was not a vague misty idea, it was all there in intricate detail on paper.


I have often wondered if I have a dream house in my mind.  I have asked many of my friends also if they have a dream home, that they would love to live in if money was no object and if they could design their home themselves.  Although noone  else has detailed blueprints like Reg, a lot of them do have a vague idea of their dream home.

My friend Nina who has bought houses and renovated them and sold them on for a profit.  She has lived in some incredible houses but has never been emotionally attached to them.  It has just been a business to her.  Buying and selling properties, always thinking about the next one.  She says all she really wants is a simple country cottage covered with ivy and fragrant honey-suckle and her own orchard and vegetable patch.  She would like some land to be able to have some goats and chickens and perhaps a pony.

Some of my other friends have described their dream house to me in much more grandiose terms.  One friend Dan described his dream house as a huge mansion where he could have lavish balls.  He and his wife Joanne would dress up and appear at the top of a grand staircase and make an entry in front of all their guests, and there would be waltzing all night.  Joanne disagrees with him.  She would prefer something simpler and she challenges Dan by saying she is not going to spend all day cleaning a mansion.  To which Dan claims he is going to have a team of servants!  Joanne is not impressed by that at all!

Then I have friends who don’t really mind what kind of house they live in, it’s more about a dream location to them.  Steven and Jasmine want a house near the beach.  They love the water and they love boats.  Gerald and Tina would like to live somewhere that reminds them of an Alpine terrain, but near a lake.  My friend Laura would love acity.png swanky pad in the middle of London or any city she says.  She just loves the buzz and excitement of the city.

My dream home…well I just can’t envision it to be honest.  I don’t have a specific building in mind or a specific location.  For as long as I can remember I have wanted to avoid being tied to one site and having the responsibility of maintaining it.  I loathe the idea of being shackled, trapped – without the freedom to leave and go and travel for years on end. I have a definite gypsy streak that runs me.  I want the simplest little box, that can be together.pngdismantled and packed allowing me to move on and travel. I will unpack my little flat-packed home and erect it somewhere while I get to know a new area and make new friends and learn about their culture and cuisine and help out with any work they need help with.  Then after a while I will dismantle my flat-packed home and move on again.  Not because of boredom…just an insatiable desire to explore.

I just think…I would like someone to be with me on my travels.  That’s all I need in the whole wide world!

via Loath — Word of the Day Challenge


15 thoughts on “All I Need In The Whole Wide World”

  1. I find homes I would love to have everywhere I go…however, I love to go where ever the wind takes me…so, in a way, I am always home no matter where I am.

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  2. lol I have a tiny house, so transportable, compact and completely off-grid! Have an park on a farm with an orchard, chickens, large veggie plots, quiet and with a vast view … only twenty minutes from the ocean and fifteen minutes from work 🙂

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        1. Right now I am in a temporary situation.
          I rent a very sweet little abode in a beautiful part of London, at a modest rate thanks to a fantastic landlady who is pleased with me as a tenant.
          But for over five years I was a full-time volunteer and I was sent to anywhere I was needed. Prior to that I spent 14 years juggling part time or self-employed work so I could be available for projects as a volunteer all over the country.
          I am trying to get back to my life and career as a full-time volunteer, but since I was severely injured during a crime I fell victim to three years ago, I have had to build back up my health…which is on the whole great now…they just still have concerns about…well basically my head! I have had to be patient and not let frustration get the better of me.
          I am so so eager to get back to the life I had before…including all of the travelling and meeting people from all sorts of backgrounds and working with them.
          But for now…I am in a safe and lovely little place. It is not my home – if you know what I mean – but it is a very pleasant little nest to feel warm and safe in until I am ready to fly off again.


  3. I’m the same way, I don’t like to be tied down. That’s why my husband and I plan to get one of those tiny houses on wheels when our boys are grown and out of the house. We’ll be able to be home wherever we go.

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