It has been a week of offers, counter offers, industrial espionage and daring do, of the likes not seen since Gordon Gekko bought a new pair of braces. Yes, that’s right, we have been embroiled in the cut and thrust of property sales and purchases this week.
Following our viewing last Sunday, the working week began with an offer, the obligatory derisory sneer from us at such an offer, and from there a spiral of further offers, poker faces and letting folk sweat, until at some time on Wednesday we received an asking price offer. This is not the glorious victory it may sound like as we had reduced said asking price by a chunk in previous weeks, however, a win is a win as they say.
We were glad our viewers were able to get there financially as they were lovely, and we will be delighted, should the next couple of rocky months deliver us closure, to see them live in “our house”.
For our part, we have had our house picked out for, well, a couple of decades really. The house we want has been in Louise’s family for nearly thirty years, and my Mum and Dad have lived next door to it since 1984, so we are quite familiar with it. We offered, and it was accepted. All very painless really, mainly as we’d agreed the price with Louise’s family member up front, but again, I’ll take a win where it comes.
Following the abject horror of discovering the full extent of the legal costs in simply buying some bricks and roof, I recovered enough to instruct someone to handle it. For the prices involved, I expect him to rebuild it brick by boring brick to ensure it is fit for purpose. The bank have agreed the mortgage in principle, that principle being that I will continue to be their bitch until I am close to death, and so we have the wheels in motion.
So with all that admin and faff complete literally by 5.30pm on Thursday, we could no more as Easter arrived to shut everyone down. Whether we now wait six weeks or twenty-six, is now in the hands of a lawyer I found on the internet and some call centre mortgage clerk just outside of Birmingham.
To celebrate spending large amounts of money, Louise and I went out on Friday night to, quite aptly, TGI Fridays. It is the closest dining experience to the US we have in the UK, whilst at the same time being so far away from it, as to remind you why you want to go back so much! Upon arrival, it was busy, and we were handed a vibrator and told to go to the bar. I’ve heard about these types of drinking establishment, but haven’t yet visited one.
A tenner’s worth of wine and diet coke later, and we are soon seated. The food is good, there is no denying, although the waiters all seem a little forced, rather than the natural good moods and charm of their US brethren. However, as I drove home on the receiving end of Cheesy Nachos, a Chicken Fajita Salad and Cookie Dough Cheesecake, I certainly felt full enough to imagine I had just eaten US style. The only difference being that on holiday in the US, I would be doing all that again within a matter of hours.
The long weekend is doing us nicely, with not a lot going on beyond planning stuff for the (hopefully) new house, with even the girls getting quite excited about the prospect of their new rooms, and the sheer volume of expensive tat that they can procure to, as Louis Walsh might say, make it their own.
Every year, pre Easter, our house echoes with the cries of “Girls, you’re not going to get as many eggs this year as you are too old now”. This is all in vain, as now, there is so much chocolate in the house, I’ve had to hire a couple of oompa loompas to stock pile it. We usually find a couple of Emily’s eggs down the back of her wardrobe just before Christmas, whereas if Rebecca’s make it to Tuesday that will be a new record! Dad might just have to help out a little I suppose!
Before I get back to my restful long weekend, I need to express my thanks for everyone who has taken the time to “Like Me”. This is not an outward expression of my neediness, no, I keep that to myself mostly, but more a recognition of all those who gave a toss enough to get over to Facebook and like my new Mkingdon page. I still don’t know really what will happen there, but we seem to have had fun this week??
Finally, we’ve had a make over here at mkingdon.com. I don’t mean that I have parted my hair on a different side, although I might! Instead, I have changed the look and feel of this here blog, as it had been the same for ages. I hope you like it, but if it gets the same sort of reaction that a change to Facebook gets I expect to receive the parcels of dog poo through the letter box shortly. The internet is odd like that.
I hope you all enjoy the break and love eggs. Wait, no, love eggs is something altogether different and in no way related to Jesus. Still, whatever floats your boat.
Till the next time……