Friday, 20 August 2010

View halloo


Back on the viewing trail again. I'd put a ! in there, but I'm being calm and sensible about this malarkey now.

A torrentially rainy day, the house unnaturally tidy, but with some cardboard boxes thrown in to the mix for added effect. Everywhere looked gloomy.



There were tell-tale smells of furniture polish and brass cleaner, flowers and - no, not baking bread or fresh coffee, d'you think I'm Sarah Beeny? -  to balance it a little, a teeny hint of that lovely sandalwood spray that I bought in Amsterdam years ago and am eking out very carefully. Although I loathe most room sprays, I adore the smell of sandalwood, and wish I could find this particular make again.


The yard was dark and dripping. Snail territory.


Anyway.... a delightful young woman came round today, with fat jolly baby and silent smiley husband, and fell in love with the house, the colours, the pictures, the objects, the layout, everything but the price, really, which they admitted was beyond their budget. But they couldn't resist coming to look, as the house had looked so nice in the brochure, and said they could happily live here for 28 years as I have done.

Just the sort of family I would love to sell to, but it's very unlikely. Another viewing tomorrow, and another booked for next week.


The day brightened while they were here, and they left in fleeting sunshine.

I'm not going to ask anyone to cross their fingers again; too burdensome, and not good for typing or making dinner. But I'm cheered to find that the market isn't dead after all, that not everyone is on holiday, and that I can still whizz round and make things presentable at short notice. Clearly things didn't go to the dogs completely while I was having my moment of disappointment.

But you can wish for a delightful young couple with a delightfully accommodating budget, if you like.

13 comments:

Catherine said...

Wishing you the best of luck in selling your house Rachel! I wish for the young couple as well! :)

Hope the weather turns more agreeable for you and I hope for the same for myself!

Happy Day!
xo Catherine

judy in ky said...

I have made my wish for you...

jabblog said...

Just a small glimmer of sunshine, then. That's good.

Dan said...

I think everyone has just been on holiday Rachel, so househunting has been on the backburner. I REALLY love the lights on your stairs!

rachel said...

PS Lizzie pointed out that these viewers were that dreaded breed; Time Wasters. But I did like them and their plump friendly baby!

Rattling On said...

Carpet treaders I believe they're known as in the trade.
Fingers still crossed for you...

Sue said...

Wishing commenced.

Anonymous said...

Your house looks lovely, and very desirable. Good luck with everything - I'll be thinking of you.

Jan x

Fran said...

I really hope some aged aunt offers to help them out financially, or they win the Lottery.

mountainear said...

I'm going to cross my fingers and wish you luck anyway. I'm sure a buyer will fall in love with it soon.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You're a romantic at heart ! You're moving , remember ! You don't have to love the buyers or live with them , though it would feel rather awful to have foisted Mr & Mrs Gruesome on your splendid neighbours .
Though I must say , I too hope that the lovely young couple find a way of buying your beautiful house . They'd surely be very happy in it .

SusanFrances said...

Fingers firmly crossed again! I wish I could live in your house ( and could then visit old friends in Morpeth, but we both have jobs in the south!) Love the glass shapes hanging in the hall....are they lights?

Bee said...

I've been looking back, to see if you had moved yet, and it looks like the deal fell apart?
House selling in the UK is just so fraught.

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