Saturday 28 April 2018
Viewing done and dusted, now fingers X'd
I was up at 4.30 a.m. this morning as we had another viewing today, an extended family from Dorset. Despite beavering away in the house and garden all week to get it looking good (despite my dearly beloved saying that it was fine, nothing needed doing, why was I putting myself through all this again - it was only a fortnight since it was last done?!!!), I still had a mental list of "fings to do" this morning before the viewing and thankfully, got them all done in time. I even found time to bake a Manderin Orange Cake which, despite being on a change your nutrition type of diet to improve my gut flora, I felt I had earned a large piece of afterwards.
I wish I had been able to make up a pretty bouquet like this one from the garden, made up for house photos for our brochure, but it is mainly Cowslips out there at present, and though I did pot up a plant for the kitchen, I went and bought a bunch of flowers for decoration.
The people seemed to like the house and made some very complimentary remarks, other folk have done just the same and walked away. Next Door cleaned the road for me, as requested, but he did it yesterday and then had the cows go backwards and forward 3 times after that so it was nearly as bad again. Ah well, I can't change that. We shall just have to wait and see.
Then I had details of a lovely fresh property come on my newsfeed and it is FABULOUS. (This said with the eye of the Romantic rather than the heart of the Practical). It has unsurpassed views and that is something I always wanted . . . even though you would experience every wind going - AND some!
We are going to look at three properties next week (just in case). One is the Sensible Head and Practical Heart sort - a bungalow with some character in the right area. My heart does SINK at the thought of bungalow living though, as it really isn't US and is tantamount to admitting we are old fogies now . . . Local walks aren't brilliant either but it is a short walk to a couple of local shops.
Another is a lovely cottage, but at the top of our budget, and the local walking all seems to be single track lanes climbing up a hillside to various different farms. No loops and nothing flat. The 3rd we like a lot, it has an Aga and good sized rooms. (Well, the bungalow has good sized rooms too which is the main reason we're looking at it.) It also has an acre and a half of land and views and isn't too far from a town with all the facilities we could need. Goodly length of flat lane noticed, and some loop walks.
Local views - up by Horeb I think, taken a few years back.
Anyway, we shall now have to wait all over again. I hope it isn't another 10 days before we get a polite thanks very much but no thanks . . .