Last week was the half term break for teachers and students here and it didn't come a moment too soon. We had an unusually long first half term and we were all dead on our feet by the last Friday. I cleared my desk, turned off my whiteboard, put everything in my cupboard and drove home without looking back. I've not thought about work all week and it's been absolute bliss. Because I've had such a good break, I'm looking forward to going back and getting stuck in again, recharged and ready to start over.
Most of our time this week has been taken up with house stuff. I think I mentioned on here a few weeks back that we were putting in an offer on a house and the good news is that our offer was accepted about three weeks ago. Since then, we've been finalising the mortgage with the bank, getting a solicitor, negotiating with the landlord to release us from our rental contract etc. etc. etc.
Things have felt like they are going very slowly but finally I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our mortgage was agreed on Friday and the surveyor is going to the property next week. Our solicitor is busily working on contracts. I wish things could go quicker because I can't wait to live in the first house that will belong to us rather than someone else!
It's only a small house - a 2 bedroom terraced house in the center of town but good value for the very expensive area we want to live in! What I like best about it is that it's built on the top of a hill overlooking a forest to the rear of the property. So even though we are in the center of town (walking distance to the train station, library and shops), it still feels like you are away from the bustle, in your own world on top of a hill. It's an upside down house too, with the bedrooms on the bottom floor and the living area upstairs. I like that because it makes the most of the lovely views. On each of our viewings, we could watch the squirrels running up and down the trees through the back windows. At the moment we live in a lovely cottage on a very busy road so the peace and quiet will be much valued.
Today, we plan to continue sorting through our things and de-cluttering so we are ready to move. Fingers crossed, we should be in by the end of the month!