Hi honey, I’m home! Well, it just goes to show that you really can’t plan for everything, despite best efforts. Following on from my last post in September (2017!), this happened:
The decorator recommended to us to prepare the flat for sale was a liar and also bad at his job, so we sacked him and got a better one who could only do it on an ‘as and when’ basis. This meant we stayed at my MIL’s for six weeks rather than the two we had thought would be sufficient. We spent most days at the flat cleaning paint off furniture, floors, door furniture, kitchen cabinets etc getting it ready for viewings. It was back breaking work I can tell you. In all, we lost three weeks of selling time and had to resort to having viewings on an ad hoc basis rather than a couple of open days. This was another reason why we stayed at MILs as, once we got the place looking pristine, we wanted to keep it that way. Suffice to say that, when we came to move all the furniture out at the beginning of November, no viewings had taken place and the flat was empty apart from the curtains and blinds. People would just have to use their imagination and refer to the estate agent photographs when looking round the property. We had a couple of ridiculously silly offers before Christmas which we rejected and decided to wait until the New Year, when the estate agent said viewings would pick up again.
Annoyingly, enquiries were really slow in January, although we had a lot of clicks on the website so I told the estate agent to remove the property from the e-auction as it was too new for people to get their heads round. We started to get viewings almost immediately: I think this was due to the fact that there aren’t many landlords buying properties and it was just first time, inexperienced, buyers looking round: they are timid creatures. Hey ho.
The good news is we accepted an offer a couple of weeks ago from a first time buyer, who wants to move in quickly. The stuff which takes the time are the searches, which we already had done in preparation for the e-auction so now our solicitor is going to persuade the buyer’s solicitor to use them rather than organize fresh ones which would take more time and come back with the same information. That leaves the buyer to organize a property survey and the mortgage – let’s see how it goes.
In the meantime, we moved into our new place near Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire – we are on top on the Chilterns so we get all the weather, but the air is beautifully clean and clear of pollution. There are numerous public footpaths literally outside our back door, including the Ridgeway and the Chiltern Way. The countryside is stunning and we are very happy. George and Tiggy are enjoying the garden and have put on a bit of muscle chasing leaves. Their appetites have certainly improved!
I couldn’t stitch as my stitching lamps weren’t sturdy enough to stand alone in the new place: they were propped up by the sofa and a cat tree in the flat so G&T wouldn’t knock them over bombing around the place. Once we moved in to the new place, there were more important things to get sorted than stitching lamps. Suffice to say it wasn’t until the last week in January that I treated myself to a couple of heavy floor lamps – DH was on a mission to get LED bulbs to reduce the running costs of all lights in the house and he managed to source some full spectrum ones for my stitching – they are brilliant in every sense of the word!
I decided to focus on Watch for the rest of January and February and here are my start and finish points:
The roman numerals took about four hours each as there were a surprising amount of confetti stitches! Number IIII is only half complete, which is why it looks a bit out of focus. It was so lovely to return to my moving meditation. Next month Watergarden will be getting an outing, and I am looking forward to using some colours.
One of the benefits of living where we do means we can pop into Oxford for a bit of culture: the Ashmolean Museum is hosting an exhibition from March to July on America’s Cool Modernism, featuring no less than Charles Demuth’s I Saw the Figure five in Gold, which I stitched across 2013-2014. I can’t wait to go!
See you at the end of March. Yes, I promise 🙂