The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 15/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “pro/con.” Talk about the pros and cons of anything. Enjoy!

Thanks Linda!

Oh yeah, this is a great game to play when deciding whether to rent or buy a new house, park home, or boat!
Those were our choices in 2014 when we sold the cottage and had nowhere lined up to go!
The people who bought our house led us a merry dance, and it ended up a nightmare for us.
House prices started to get away from us, so out came paper and pen and we played Pros and Cons.
Rent was dead money, something that could never be replaced on our meagre income, we couldn’t guarantee decent neighbours or parking, and the pros were zero.
Buying a flat had similar cons, and being leasehold, added a new dimension in property ownership.
Park homes, very nice, but oh the cons!!! Site maintenance fees, another lease, and should you decide to sell, some were only through the agent owning the site where you were located, and they could also enforce you upgrading, again through them, after a decade or so.
The boat. Ah, the boat. Never been on one before, a new learning curve, limited space, but within our price limit.
It was less than a year old.
One of the last aluminium Sea Otters commissioned.
It would be ours outright.
Free holidays, with no packing.
A new challenge.
A home.
It was an affordable lifestyle.
It bought us time.
A cheap and simple way of living.
We met some wonderful people.

Condensation in the winter.

We were liveboards for three years. It was a good decision and we had a lot of fun.
Stratford Upon Avon: berthed opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Sadly when we came to sell, it was another pros and cons list for buying our current house.
Lots of pros as regards affordability, the beach, friendships and neighbours. It ticked a lot of boxes being relatively new (10 years), detached, a bungalow, had a garden ,off road parking, two bedrooms, central heating, double glazing, fitted kitchen.
Cons, poor health services, and having been here almost three years now, I wouldn’t mind a larger kitchen and bigger second bedroom.
But it’s home, ours and is extremely economical to live in.

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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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17 Responses to The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 15/2020

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    I’ve always fancied living on a boat Di

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Life’s all about pros and cons 💜

  3. Sadje says:

    I agree owning a home is way better than renting

  4. Lovely, wish I could live in a sea otter. But I’d have to be close to water. Can’t use it on mainland can you… In my country since its less developed we generally prefer to buy land and develop it. The laws governing/enforcers of this law are very relaxed so its cheaper. Buy land build your nice home, start a small garden. Cheap living, rent free, save more. Hope I get my land soon can’t wait to stop paying rent.

    • We live by the sea now, just five minutes walk up the road. We are lucky in that we own our house outright so have no rent or mortgage to pay, but still have to pay local taxes and utilities. This is the cheapest property to run that we’ve ever lived in.

  5. Ian Kay says:

    I don’t know why British homes nearly always have inadequately sized kitchens. All four of ours, regardless of number of rooms, had small kitchens. Then you have to have fitted wall cabinets for storage and those make the kitchen seem even smaller!

    • We have a good sized lounge and main bedroom, which is our main living space, so it’s not too bad. It’s only the two of us and we have no family, but a larger kitchen and second bedroom would be very nice.

  6. I would never live on a boat, Di. I am not a big water fan at all. Everything in life has pros and cons, doesn’t it?

    • It was our best option at the time, and I admit I was far from keen, but it was a wonderful experience and taught us a lot about what was really important and how to truly live minimalistically.

      • I can imagine it is a wonderful experience. It’s all that water that worries me. I don’t swim at all.

      • I understand. We were in a private marina, so weren’t tied up aloxng the river bank ecept when we travelled to Stratford Upon Avon, but there were designated pontoons and jetties for berthing en route. We always wore life jackets when we went out puttering.

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