Queueing up to visit?

It’s a small world.
We are discovering several of the people we have become friendly with, and not just in the boating world, have friends or family in Lincolnshire!

When we sold our bungalow in Poole in 2007, we were looking for a property from which we could run a B&B.
Things did not go according to plan, and although the Cottage was ideally placed for B&B, the total design of it couldn’t have been more wrong, so it was a dream that didn’t happen for us, and this was the closest we got.
A lot of the properties we’d seen on our search were also unsuitable because there was nowhere for certain pieces of furniture to fit (aka my piano).
We’d disposed of a lot of our stuff anyway, my piano going into storage, and our remaining possessions fitted into an outside shed at the In-laws, so when we moved in, we were able to decorate one room at a time and then kit it out with furniture accordingly. The piano was delivered later and it was a rush job to get the floor laid and lounge finished in readiness for its arrival!

History has a habit of repeating itself, but having got rid of everything when we bought the boat, we literally have nothing to consider putting against walls or in recesses at all now.
In our new home to be there is a nice deep recess in the larger bedroom where Hubby intends to build a fitted wardrobe (yes, he does know this!).
A couple of properties we’d viewed this time round had built in wardrobes, but they were not very deep and hangers didn’t fit sideways on, so the hanging rail had to be front to back, something which was a pain on the boat in our one and only cupboard.

Surprisingly for a couple having so little, we will have to hire a van to take our stuff up as it will not all fit in our little car, not even in two trips.
Hubby has been checking it out, and the cost is not bad at all for a ‘return trip’, but if we only wanted to take the van one way, the hire fee is almost double.
Last time we took Maggie in a van on a long journey, she was violently ill and we said we’d never do it again. Mind you, that was a 260 mile journey each way (even though she was with me in the car on the way back), one we hadn’t anticipated doing in one day but had to due to the hostile reception we got, and the van was so rickety, we were surprised it didn’t rattle apart.
The journey from here is not so far, and depending on the age and comfort of the vehicle, we could possibly all go up together in the van with everything, collect the keys to stay the night in our new home and come back in a couple of days after using the van to purchase any Big Stuff (like a sofa!) and collect the car.
We have some time to explore all scenarios as the Local Authority is taking its time with the searches (as advised by our solicitor) and the vendors haven’t returned their list of fixtures and fittings yet. We are almost 2 weeks in to our hoped for 6 week completion.
Believe me, I shall be chasing them again next week, especially as we have heard of three recent instances where people were in their new property in 2 days, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks. It only took 10 days to get the keys to the Cottage in 2007, so we know it can be done quickly if everyone works together.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Queueing up to visit?

  1. foguth says:

    Do you have places like Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul and Habitat for Humanity in the UK? When we moved from boat to land, we found some good pieces in those establishments for very economical prices.

  2. It would be interesting for your readers, especially those who do not live in the UK to see where you are moving on a map. It would give us some reference especially if we could all see where you are now. Just a thought.

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