Wednesday, 13 June 2012

House update, and other grown up stuff

We're still waiting to exchange contracts on the sale of this house; it's been 6 weeks since we agreed a price, and I chased our conveyancer today, so we can find out where we are in the process before we go on holiday next Monday. I sent back our seller's questionnaires 4 weeks ago, and returned our signed copies of the contract last week. As soon as we get word that contracts will be exchanged, then we can put in an application on a rental property. At the moment we're checking Rightmove daily, and have a shortlist with possible properties on it, and we've even viewed three of those, two of which remain on the "possibles" list.
We're taken on more space in a local self storage place, and have started moving stuff that won't be needed in the next few months into that space. I emptied our loft space last Sunday, for example, and we'll keep doing that kind of decluttering until we have a certain moving date.
We're off on holiday next Monday, with a night in a hotel at Gatwick before an early flight to Palma de Mallorca, to catch our cruise ship. The itinerary is Tangier, Gibraltar, Malaga, Cartagena, and Valencia. Grandma is coming too, for her second family holday after 10 days in France with Cath, Nick, Elizabeth and William.  The conveyancer and estate agent know that I can take calls and check emails on the ship, so hopefully we'll have some positive news either during the trip or as soon as we get back.
While we were up at my mum's house, we went to see Guns 'n' Roses at the MEN Arena, my treat to Olga for doing a wonderful job with Danil. G'n'R didn't do their 30-something-with-kids demographic any favours, only coming on stage at 11.07pm, when I'd assumed we'd have been back at mum's by midnight! Olga and I decided to leave at 1.10am so we could let mum go to bed, and Axl Rose was still singing, with a couple more hits still to come, so although they were late onto stage, they certainly gave value for money. And Olga looked great!

It's the cricket season of course, and whilst I've only played three games so far, I have been to Lords, thanks to my uni friend Ed, an MCC member. It was the first day of the first test against the West Indies, and we were in the Warner Stand, next to the Pavillion. There was even a view of the cricket from the Gents!

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