Friday, 20 May 2011

Well, enough of that flowery stuff

Now for the real news.


My sister Anne arrived on Monday, and before she could settle herself in for 4 days of extreme soppiness over enjoyment of cats and dogs, there was a viewing of my house requested at short notice. All had been cleaned and tidied for Anne's visit, so we just had to scoot round dusting the dogs and putting the cats' whiskers in curling papers before we could feel truly ready to be Viewed.

A very sweet young graduate and his charming dad-with-cash turned up, liked the house, said they were interested, but had others to view; off they went. We relaxed, allowed the cats' whiskers to go limp and the dogs to acquire a layer of fluff and dust, and carried on with enjoying our visit together. Shopping, walking, meals, conversation, seaside, countryside, plants, cat-and-dog-spoiling; what a full few days we had!


And the next morning, in came an offer on my house. (Not an insulting one like last week's from the couple who had viewed twice with their parents and who had thought that the 5-foot-high bike shed was the original outside loo.)

It was an offer that was a sensible opening gambit, and could, we thought, be slightly improved. Some negotiation later, a better sum was accepted, and today a very pleasant telephone conversation was had with dad-with-cash, ironing out details, assuring me of serious intent, surveys, solicitors, and the possibility of the move taking place quickly....

I seem to have sold my house!!

But that's not all. Next Wednesday I fly down to Bristol, pick up a hire car, drive for a good long way, meet up with my friend Lizzie, and view at least two houses, before flying home the same night. The house on the road where I really want to live is just going on the market, and I may be its first viewer; I would hope to like it enough to be its last. I'll keep you posted.

Meantime, please have some more flowers given to me by Charlotte.



Brussels sprout tulips. Mad, adorable.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely delighted for you. In fact, thrilled and [consults Roget's Thesaurus, coughs, exits stage left]...

Fingers crossed for next week - will be thinking of you.

Jayne said...

I am so very very pleased for you, each time I visit here I hope that you will have found a buyer and you have!
So happy for you.

Madness and mayhem said...

Fab,Things are looking up.All fingers and paws crossed here.x

Hazel said...

Blimey - why wasn't this post accompanied by a fanfare?

Fingers tightly crossed that this offer sticks, and that your viewing darn sarf is as rewarding as you hope it will be.

I'm delighted for you.

judy in ky said...

So exciting! Hope you get the house of your dreams.

BumbleVee said...

wow....when things happen,.....they REALLY happen.. hope it all goes smoothly.

Danielle P. said...

You know it was the freshly curled cat whiskers that did it, don't you? ;-)

I'll be celebrating with Anzac biscuits for tea, and look forward to your house-viewing report!

Arthur Ransome said...

That's brilliant news. I'm keeping everything crossed for you!

John said...

Wuuuuu-huuuuu! Now that's great news!

Helen said...

Sounds excellent! Any chance of pictures of the cats in curl papers, though?

annie hoff said...

You see, it only takes one person - that's brilliant news, hope all goes well on your visit south - house wise and all that.

the veg artist said...

Excellent news! See! When you least expect it!

Sue said...

Oooh!! I can't believe how vicariously excited I am for you! This blog business does funny things to one.

Gretel said...

WHOOP WHOOP!!!! Cheering all the way from the Cotswolds, can you hear me up there? So happy for you,I have a big grin all over my face! :))

jabblog said...

This sounds so exciting. Fingers and toes and paws and claws crossed that it pans out for you . . .

frayedattheedge said...

Malcolm is even crossing his sore finger for you!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Lovely news . A cash buyer ! So it's not just an urban myth . Such people do exist !
They'll be buying a beautifully cared for house in excellent condition . I hope you find one just as nice near Lizzie ( and , anyway , she's nifty with a screwdriver if needs be ) . And you'll get your longed for garden ...
Good luck !

Anne said...

Absolutely great news! I'm so pleased for you and I hope you have a lovely time looking over your prospective new abode!

dinahmow said...

I shall take a deep breath...then carry on calmly, not even thinking about this.
Might allow myself the odd grin. But that would be over those weird tulips. Of course.

Dragonfly Dreams said...

Happy Dancing for you (and ignoring the looks of co-workers) I am so excited for you! Fingers crossed!

Dan said...

Hurray, terrific news!!! Love the brussels sprout tulips!!!
Dan
-x-

Noelle said...

Wonderful news and best wishes for a lovely trip to Bristol! Looking forward to discover your new abode!
Blessings to all,

Lucille said...

What a lovely surprise to come home to. I'm thrilled for you. Just when things were feeling so stagnant, it all gets stirred up again.

Debs said...

Excellent news - rub some of your luck on me, I have a viewing tomorrow - No 10, and I want to sell!!
I do hope you find what you want in Bristol. Good Luck x

Isabelle said...

Oh, wow! So pleased for you. Though I'll miss you. If you know what I mean...

Linens and Royals said...

Great News!!! This is better than 'Escape to the Country" on T.V. Looking forward to pics. of your new house.

Lauren said...

YAAAAAYYYYYYYY! Now to save up enough for my trip to your new cottage! Or whatever you guys call houses. I guess you probably call them "houses".

HAZEL said...

Fabulous!!! Happy house hunting.

pebbledash said...

Oh how exciting! All fingers and paws crossed her that it all works out!

mountainear said...

That is good news - hope your search is productive. Safe journey.

PS What fab tulips - only a teeniest bit weird.

Mac n' Janet said...

That's wonderful, good thing should happen to good people. Good luck on your house hunt.

Preseli Mags said...

Woo hoo! Fingers crossed for a smooth, easy and stress-free sale and good luck with the house hunting too. Mad tulips.

Poshyarns said...

Oh oh oh, this has to be the one, I will be keeping everything crossed.

Toffeeapple said...

Oh that is marvellous news, I'm so leased for you. Good luck in the house buying now.

Toffeeapple said...

Hmm, I meant Pleased for you.

Anonymous said...

So happy for you !
Fanny

Gwen Buchanan said...

Wow!!! Excellent!!! They will be getting a great place. The best of luck in your house search too. You deserve it.

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