Three house viewings booked in for tomorrow - 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30. We'd have liked them to be closer together, obviously, in the hope of starting a bidding war, but in the spirit of facing this move one day at a time in order to maintain sanity, we have decided that an offer will come at the right time in its own time and there is no forcing an issue over which we have no control.
Talking of viewings, we've thought of another 'Wish List Criteria' and that is to have a better view from our new home. Our current views are:
1) from the front windows: a row of houses and a main road and lots of cars
2) from the side windows: another spread of houses and, if you stand on tippy toes, a little glimpse of the North Downs in the distance
3) from the back windows: our green and pleasant, but small, back garden and ginger two chickens. With a background of more houses.
View 3 is obviously the best, especially in summer when the background of houses is blocked out by verdant leaf growth on the trees in our garden and those of our nice gardener neighbour. But the BEST view from our new home would be one that didn't involve houses/ cars/ traffic/ nuclear power stations/ sewage plants/ pylons/ MacDonald's golden arches/ Donald Trump's bizarre hair-do/ John Prescott's underpants etc etc blah blah blah.
One of the best views I have ever experienced from a house was a couple of years ago when Andy and I went on a short break in Worcestershire. We stayed in a little converted coach house down an unmade track in the middle of a hilly field. There was a verandah on the back of the coach house upon which sat a big swing seat. The verandah overlooked a gently undulating field which was full of lady sheep and a few late Spring lambs. And some bunnies. And birds. And bats.
And in the afternoons and sometimes the evenings we wrapped ourselves up, me and my hubs, and we sat on the swing seat with a cup of tea and swung gently back 'n' forth enjoying the view across the countryside. It was peace and calm on a plate with a side serving of serenity and a dollop of deep content.
THAT'S the kind of view we want. One of those heartbeat slowing, blood pressure dropping, breath deepening views.
Is that too much to ask? Is it? Is it??
In the meantime, we continue to add to our list of possible new homes in our chosen area. This list has been subdivided into:
a) houses we can buy outright if we want to be mortgage-free
b) houses we can buy and keep the same level of mortgage we have now which is quite small
c) houses we could push the boat out for if we both get good jobs in our chosen area which would let us up the mortgage a bit
d) fixer uppers which could be potential money pits but could also be potential treasures
(By the way, I need to point out now, just to quash any rumours, that the reason we are moving is NOT that we have come into any sudden wealth of cash. That's never going to happen! Hard graft, that's the way for us...sigh...)
And so, the change continues. Five viewings in four days. Most encouraging.