I remember the excitement and a certain degree of trepidation when Chris and I bought our first home back in 1985. It cost us a whopping £45,000 and I thought at the time how weird it was to be buying something that costs so much having only seen it for a total of about 30 minutes! It has been a similar situation with Daniel's flat and the sums involved are much larger, as you wouldn't be able to buy a garage in the suburbs of London for that sort of money these days.
We first viewed the flat in March, the day before Chris and I went on holiday, having seen only a couple of other properties that Daniel could afford, both of which were totally unsuitable. It had been difficult to organise a viewing as he works long hours at Crystal Palace and we had to fit it in with my work commitments too. We met the agent at 6.30pm and by 6.45pm we were back outside the front entrance.
"What do you think?" Daniel asked me.
"More importantly, what do you think?" I responded.
"I could see myself living there" was his response. It was being sold by tender, which meant he had to come up with a price that he thought was fair, put his bid in a sealed envelope and keep his fingers crossed. Six days later we had a mildly panicky phone call from Daniel saying his bid had been accepted!
It hasn't all been plain sailing (when is it ever?) but yesterday his dad and I picked up the keys for him as he is away at St. George's Park this week doing the second half of his football coaching A licence. Chris hadn't seen the flat and I could barely remember what it looked like, having only viewed it for fifteen minutes, so what a relief when we unlocked the door and it was better than either of us were expecting.
Nothing needs doing so he will just be able to move his belongings in there and look forward to a bit more spare time as it will cut his journey time to work by three quarters, taking him just twenty minutes instead of an hour and twenty. The only thing we have ordered new (so far) is a Cook's Essentials saucepan set so at least he is not planning on living on takeaways!
So Daniel is moving out and Sophie is back with us for the time being. There was an issue with the flat she was supposed to have moved into so I think the plan is to move back home for a few months so that she can save more quickly for a deposit for a flat. It is like living in a furniture warehouse at the moment, there is 'stuff' everywhere, but at least I can escape to the garden or the gym if the clutter becomes too unbearable and we have to help our children when they need us don't we. It means we also have an additional feline in the form of Wilfie's brother Milo. Amazingly Poppy has been totally unperturbed by the new arrival, which was a bit of a concern, and Wilfie is enjoying having someone to play with.
I hope you all enjoyed Beauty Day yesterday and I'll see you at 5pm today for Fashion on Friday. Today I'm with Marla Wynne, who features in the advert for the show, so I hope you can join us.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention, I had my latest test results for my CML and although still not quite in remission I'm very very close – it really made my Tuesday after a very stressful week.
Have a lovely weekend but take care in this heat … sun protection, shade and lots of water.
October 21, 2016 By Richard Jackson