Just suppose this, dear Readers. Just suppose this...
...you've sold your house, got a job and have made an offer on a barn. Are you with me so far? Of course you are.
Now, just suppose that, despite you being a teacher and your spouse being a vet and, one would think, professions 'in demand' you were having issues securing a tiny mortgage to go with your massive deposit for aforesaid barn. All because lenders are feeling overly antsy at the moment and are suspicious about a job transfer within the same company. And the whole malarkey is starting to make you feel slightly despondent (but only slightly) because visions of having to begin looking for another house to be purchased outright are drifting through your head. Because everything is gathering in a position to move quickly - sale, job, solicitors etc etc etc. Sigh...
And JUST suppose that, in a wisp of mild despondency this morning, you happen to be half-heartedly drifting around house moving websites and you happen to find another barn...
...a half-renovated barn. All services in place and liveable-on-site but only half completed by the current owner.
And you could buy this barn or 'semi-completed renovation development project' outright (and yah-boo to the mortgage lenders) and have a sizeable wodge of cash left over to continue the renovations. And that it is closer to your spouse's new job than the original barn, so less travelling time and more time for learning new skills like, oh, plastering or pointing or dry-stone walling. Or starting to get the quarter acre garden in shape. Plant some rhubarb.
And your tummy did a MASSIVE flip when you saw this barn and devoured all the details, and a VERY clear plan of action leapt into your head, and you IMMEDIATELY contacted your spouse and had an only slightly HYSTERICAL phone conversation with him about it, and he said he was feeling all trembly, too, and said that it would allow us to get established in jobs and THEN apply for a loan/ mortgage to complete the renovation if we needed to. Might not, but might. And if we liked the place when it was done (it is situated in a 'sought-after rural hamlet') then we would stay put, and if we didn't we could move on because we would have, hopefully, added value to our investment.
Suppose all this, dear Readers. Which path would you take? The 'adventure' path? Or the 'ADVENTURE' path?
Anyway, we are going to see it next Tuesday. Another jaunt to Shropshire. (I was onto the estate agent at 9 o'clock and 2 seconds.) I tried to get an earlier appointment because I have been overcome by a massive surge of impatience, but Easter is getting in the way - darn it - so I shall have to practice some serious mindfulness over the next seven days and try not to chew my fingers down to my elbows.
And maybe read the poem, 'The Road Less Travelled?'