But there's one big exception. Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, married life is considerably more comfortable and better equipped.
Now, let me be clear: TLOML and I wed for love. Oh, and the fun of throwing a party for the people we love. But mainly because we wanted to do that thing with the lifelong commitment.
Still, it is rather nice to be given lovely new things for Fox Corner. Especially after moving 4 times in 3 years, with the inevitable 'stuff culls' that take place: we were down to old favourites and absolute essentials only. Frankly, in some areas, we were lacking the basics.
And that cute little Denby jug matches our new dinner service. Never again will we suffer the indignity, as we recently did, of having to ask a guest to bring their own plate when they come for dinner (we used to have these lovely, old plates which belonged to my Granny. Alas, there were only 5 dinner plates).
We are now so well equipped in the kitchen, we need never dine out again. And with our new cosy blankets and cushions, the sofa has never looked so inviting. So, married life could get rather dull. But it'll be a very very comfortable rut, I must say.