Happy to have my own space, I must admit I starting crying when I could not figure out how to work the lock on my door. (Those that have lived with me or know me well know how I get when I cannot figure out something that seems it should be simple-enough said.) After conceding to admit that I needed a little help, I called my lanlord for the first time (I let the flat through an estate agent) and fortunately she was forgiving and helpful. Tomorrow, she'll be here to show me how to work my heating and hopefully answer all the other questions I've listed for her..."How does the heater sitting in my fireplace work? The smell of gas is concerning. Can I paint flames on it so it looks like a real fireplace?"
Although the curtains and some of the decor would not be what I would typically buy, I love every bit of my new little flat. With a few personal touches, it shall make a good little home... Until I move again in 6 months to a year.