Thanks to everyone who contributed advice on the work problems I mentioned below. The outlook now seems a little more positive, largely because we now think that by strengthening the team and making plans and decisions for the future, we should be able to work things out to a positive conclusion. But that depends on everyone, including the boss, doing everything as we hope. I’m not holding my breath.
Meanwhile, we’ve had a full-value weekend, featuring dinner out on Friday, lunch with my parents yesterday, a visit to Kearn’s nursery, lunch with Bren and Greg today and a couple of long lie-ins. Also, we’ve made a start on blitzing my flat. Following advice from my estate agent, I’ve been working to reduce the amount of clutter in the flat, with the aim of simplifying the upcoming redecorating task (a lick of paint to make it look bright and fresh, plus replacement cheap carpet and finally hanging the new curtains that I’ve had for ages) and also to make the flat seem bigger than it really is – or, perhaps, less small, depending how you look at it. So far, the shelves in the living room have been dismantled, which means that my CD collection has mostly gone into storage – reduced from 550 CDs to just 70. Hundreds of books have been boxed up, as well as my archive of Wallpaper magazines. Additionally, I’ve had a blitz of my wardrobe, leading to several sacks of old shirts and tatty jeans being taken to the textiles recycling bin at the tip. My desktop PC is currently sitting on the floor, awaiting transportation to the nursery for storage until we get to our new home.
All this does make the flat seem larger, but it also creates a strange sensation – I’m beginning to dismantle the place that has been home for the last five years, the first home that I have owned and paid for with my own money. Along with the upcoming planning application for new windows (at last), I will soon be ready to put the house on the market and then throw my lot in with Hels (who is also going through the same thing). Life will never be the same again.
As an aside:
Accommodation consists of:
- spacious living/dining room, nearly 19ft in length
- kitchen, with gas hob and electric oven, large sink with waste disposal unit, space under worktops for fridge and washing machine
- bathroom, with pedestal basin, low level WC, bath with electric shower over
- bedroom, with original wooden flooring
- large hallway with large cupboard/store
- gas central heating throughout
- off-road parking
The property is only two minutes walk from the main shopping streets of Chichester, which offer a wide variety of big name stores as well as small boutiques and specialists. It is close to the historic centre of the city, with its historic buildings, cathedral and elegant parks, and is also only a few minutes from the mainline railway station (London Victoria 100 minutes).
Interested? Email me, and let’s both save some estate agency fees.