External view of our house
We lived in a beautiful two family house on Claymoss Road, Brighton while working in Boston
. It was a little strange at first as our landlord lived below us, but we never had any issues with them. All they wanted was for us to pay our rent on time, and they never took issue with us having parties. Our half of the house had 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room, a reasonable kitchen and an ample dining area. I truly loved the house! Our part of the house was split into two floors, with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I stayed in one of these bedrooms, which had a low ceiling and Velux windows. I quickly adjusted to the low ceiling but because of the Velux windows, I could install an air conditioning unit, and as a result I was almost melted on a regular basis while in my room! I did love to pop my head out of the ceiling window though and watch the world go by!
One morning, Fran, one of my friends who lived with me, knocked on my bedroom door before leaving for work.
The living room!
He asked me "What happended downstairs?", to which I was clueless. I thought maybe we had been broken into and the living room had been thrashed or something, but when I came down I saw what looked more like a bomb site. The stone fireplace in the living room had completely collapsed and smashed all over the floor! It was quite funny to look at, but not so funny when we realised that Shane, a friend who lived in Providence, frequently slept next to the fireplace on an air matress when he came up at the weekends! Two air beds were completely punctured by the fireplace, and if Shane had been there, he and his girlfriend could have been killed! What caused it we'll never know, but since the whole thing collapsed, we can only assume it was never put in properly first day!
In July we were paid a visit by two new friends, Furry and Murray, our new pet mice.
Our kitchen wasn't exactly the most sanitary place in the world, and it was probably inevitable that we'd get mice at some stage. At least it wasn't rats I guess! Still though, it was pretty disgusting to find mouse droppings on the couch! I was glad I was living upstairs when I heard about this!
Towards the end of our stay in Brighton, our house was used like a dropping centre. At one point, we had myself and my girlfriend, Fran and his girlfriend, Ciara, Ciara's mother and sister who were visiting, Sean, Shane and his girlfriend, Paidi and six of Paidi's friends staying in the house. That's 17 people in a 5 bedroom house. Nice! We still managed to beat that on a trip to Cape Cod, mind you!
There was a large crowd of us who travelled over to Boston together, and the majority of us lived in Brighton. The other houses I spent a lot of time in were on Nottinghill Road and on Colbourne Road. If I were to ever live in Brighton again, though, I think I'd live in the same house again!