This week Michael asks us to consider the notion of “For Sale”.
Is it a house sale?
Where does this subject lead you?
Casting my mind back to around 1977-78, my great uncle lived on the outskirts of Bristol and first husband and I visited with our wedding photos.
His neighbour was a keen musician and had a large Hammond organ in a room especially built over his garage. He had just purchased a new Kimball all-singing-all-dancing-can-almost-make-the-tea fun machine with three keyboards and invited me to try it.
It was indeed fun, there were so many different sounds and tones, rhythms and accompaniments, it was like having a full orchestra at the touch of a button.
When the neighbour came to move, he had a slight problem…………. they couldn’t get the Hammond out, so it was sold with the house.
BUT what about this……………..
Hubby and I bought our first bungalow in 1998. In the back garden was a large concrete pond measuring 6 feet by 4 feet and 3 feet high. At one end it was overshadowed by a 14 foot high Monkey Puzzle tree, which we advertised for sale at £60, buyer collects.
What we didn’t say was that they’d have to dig it up as well, but a young couple arrived with shovels and a trailer and set to work. Her shovel was bigger than she was and she had to jump on it to get it in the ground to dig.
They got it out though, digging up an eight foot root ball and the four of us carried it to their trailer. They gave us £50 as it had been such hard work and said they weren’t prepared to fill in the crater. This suited us both ways as we had a load of stuff to dispose of (no bodies) so just threw it in the hole and filled it in.
As for the pond? We’d got rid of that beforehand using a hired kango drill, ruining three large bits after discovering the concrete blocks, bricks and cement holding it all together, filled a large skip with the debris and evicted about 50 frogs.
But it gets better!!!
When we were thinking of buying a boat some three years before we actually did, I was anxious about my piano, and was told that if I provided the details of weight and dimensions, they could build the boat round it.
Can you imagine:
For sale: Quality Upright Piano………… boat attached.
Picture: our boat on one of our visits to Stratford Upon Avon, but no piano as we’d sold it in 2013 prior to finding a buyer for the cottage the following year.
Want a train set?
I always did, and we nearly got one. It had everything…….. signal boxes, bridges, double tracks, all you could wish for as a kid and filled a static 8 berth caravan in the garden of a property we viewed when we were house hunting in 2013.
It came as a bonus with a house that needed a new roof (artificial fanlight aka massive hole), and had a serious drainage problem as when we stepped out of the back door onto the lawn, we sank up to our ankles.