The rent was good though and we made good use of the freedom this afforded by going on ridiculously long holidays. One year became two became three then four and then after five years our landlords decided to sell the place and we decided to buy one.
So Crystal Palace has been added to Tooting, Streatham, Balham, Battersea & Norbury as parts of South London I've called home and today marked the first day I've been able to enjoy it, to laze around in it, to potter about getting things done. If Fe ever bothered reading this she'd no doubt be saying "about time". And you know what? It feels great.