I’m a traveller mum living in a house… here are the four things I HATE about it

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Heidi McDongh Clee is an Irish traveller who is married to an English gypsy, and the pair moved into their first house a few years ago, after previously living in a trailer for all of their lives

A traveller mum has revealed the four biggest culture shocks she has experienced since moving into a house for the first time.

Heidi McDongh Clee is an Irish traveller who is married to an English gypsy, and the pair moved into their first house a few years ago, after previously living in a trailer for all of their lives.

The mother-of-two posted a TikTok under her handle @h.mccc, outlining all of the aspects of a house she’s not so keen on.

Heidi McDongh Clee is an Irish traveller who is married to an English gypsy, and the pair moved into their first house a few years ago, after previously living in a trailer for all of their lives

Her video has already been seen by more than 44,000 people, who have given her some advice in the comments.

Heidi told viewers: ‘So here are some things that I hate about living in a house, whilst I do my eyebrows and eyelashes.

‘Context, I’m an Irish traveller and I’m married to an English gypsy. For pretty much all of our married life we have lived in a trailer in a site and things like that.

‘So this is the first time we’ve lived in a house properly and there are some differences I have noticed’.

No one knows their neighbours 

She revealed that the first shock to the system, was that ‘no one seems to really know their neighbours and people who live next door’.

The mother-of-two explained: ‘So when we first moved into this house, we made it our business to chat to the people next door and thankfully they are lovely people.

‘But as a whole in general, no one seems to really know who’s next door if that makes sense.

The mother-of-two posted a TikTok under her handle @h.mccc , outlining all of the aspects of a house she's not so keen on

The mother-of-two posted a TikTok under her handle @h.mccc , outlining all of the aspects of a house she’s not so keen on

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‘No one that I’ve noticed really talks to one another, everyone’s kind of doing their own thing and you do see it on the news regularly about people who have died in their own homes and it seems standard.

‘No one would have noticed. Someone has been dead in their own home for months, years even and it’s standard, nobody notices.

‘We could pull to the completely different end of the country and not know who’s on that yard or site but you go out and you talk to people and you get to know everyone.

‘Then over time you’re all mixing and chatting. People can live here for years next door to one another in houses and not know who the person next door is’.

Getting ill more easily 

Moving onto her second point, Heidi added that her children have suffered from minor illnesses a lot more since moving into a house.

She said: ‘The next thing is sickness here. So before we lived in a house my children never got sick, were never on antibiotics or anything like that.

‘But since we’ve been in here, the children have been sick with silly things like coughs and colds and whatever, or they’ve needed to go to the doctors and get antibiotics.

‘I swear blind it is the central heating that’s doing it because obviously in the trailer and things, you don’t have central heating so it’s not an issue.

‘Houses are not healthy for you, no joke, they’re not healthy’.

Lack of freedom 

Understandably, the traveller adds that she doesn’t like the lack of freedom having a house has imposed, in comparison to living in a trailer. 

She told her 52,000 followers: ‘Another thing that baffles me is there’s no freedom here. 

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‘Obviously when you’re in a trailer you can move a lot quicker and pull from one end of the country to the next if you fancy it.

‘We still have the trailer and we can just pull wherever, but we don’t do it as much now that we have the house – we don’t move as freely as we would have done. It just feels a lot less free, it’s hard to explain’. 

Less sense of community and no children playing outside

Talking about her children’s experiences since moving into a house, she goes in on another aspect of home life that’s left her confused. 

Heidi said: ‘I don’t ever see any children outside playing, it never ever happens.

‘I don’t understand where everyone’s children are. Thankfully we are within walking distance of the sites so my children just go there and play all the time.

‘Down there, they’re out constantly, but here I don’t see anyone’s children playing’.

She adds: ‘Also, if you’re on a site or camp the children are always in and out of places – the adults as well.

‘So when you’re in a trailer you’re in one and another’s homes a lot for a cup of coffee. Every so often you just walk over and have a chat in that kind of way.

‘But here it doesn’t happen, I don’t think there’s a lot of sense of community. The women would all just go into someone’s trailer, have a coffee and be there for two hours’.

The TikToker concludes: ‘Here, I’ll never see anyone visiting one another and that’s a big thing. No one really visits each other in the houses. Those are the main things that I really don’t like’.

Commenters were quick to chime in with their own experiences and advice

Commenters were quick to chime in with their own experiences and advice

Commenters were quick to chime in with their own experiences and advice, with one writing: ‘Open your windows no matter the temperature for five minutes a day, it helps! I do that and my kids stopped getting so sick’.

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However, Heidi responded: ‘We live with them open and the doors, but I’ve noticed how unhealthy it is’.

Another penned: ‘My whole street knows who’s who. I’m in Scotland,’ with a third adding: ‘The area I’m from everyone knows each other and if you don’t someone else will – also Scotland!’

Meanwhile, someone else remarked: ‘I am from US and this is so true for us too, but when I visit my family’s town in Mexico everyone knows everyone is so nice’.

Others chimed in with: ‘I don’t know if its an Irish thing but I always make the effort to know my neighbours. It makes me feel safe’ and ‘I always need to know who my neighbors are. Luckily they’ve always been great’.

Another viewer added: ‘I live in a house. I can’t get my head around it how people don’t speak to one another, I always speak to my neighbours but I don’t think I’ve ever saw them speaking to each other’.

Someone else advised: ‘I agree, central heating is dry heat, I’m forever coughing, always ill’.

It comes just after Heidi previously revealed some of the things she hated about living in a trailer.

She mainly encountered issues when the chilly winter months rolled around, explaining how they would usually get their water supply from outside via taps or cans and simple tasks would get become trickier in the colder moments.

Heidi admitted that even the simplest of tasks, such as making a cup of coffee could be a challenge, especially if the jug of water in the home was empty, meaning a trip outdoors to get it filled. 

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