Saturday, 31 October 2015

What A Plonker

Referring to myself...who else but me would pack away excess crockery in hope of an anticipated house move and store it nearly 20 miles away...then invite a whole bunch of people to a party...to eat...off crockery that is snug in boxes far far away! Oops!!

Oh dear oh dear...tea plates rock right...think I still have plenty of those...and I did put nibbles and nonsense on the invites. Which reminds me...I still have a themed quiz to prepare.

Finally a little tease...of an outbuilding in the garden of the house we're hoping to move to...banks and financial institutions willing...

A wash house if ever I saw one!

Take care, J. x

 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Just Waiting

I truly hate not knowing the immediate way forward...but alas waiting for mortgage news means just that...we have started to pack away non essential items for storage, but it's nail biting stuff...that and having been clobbered metaphorically speaking with some sort of lurgee which sucks the breath and energy out of you with intermittent vertigo it's been a fun week...read sarcasm here!

But tomorrow is All Hallows' eve...or Samhain, followed by All Saints day and then All Souls Day...and then bonfire night...truly a time to remember and look forward. We shall be decorating the house later today for a party tomorrow...pretty more than gouhlish! Because of the continued lurgee food will be kept to basic and easy...I intend to make up a themed quiz for our guests and think up some other games also...someone is going to be busy...

So that's it for now...off to the city with eldest daughter today...wedding ideas...well bridesmaid actually, as THE dress has already been found!

Take care, J. x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Trying To Be Positive

There has been more than a few tears shed over the past few days, and many an hour when souls ought to be resting I've lain awake...but as always we really should count our blessings and make the most of what we have. Our blessings come in the form of three most beautiful and wonderful children (no money has changed hands for that comment!) So if only I can focus on the wonderful positives instead of the huge negative we have hanging over us like a giant boulder we'll be just fine.

As youngest pointed out to me yesterday...they may be the names on the mortgage application, but without us they wouldn't have been able to attempt to go for the house. They could not afford appliances or furniture or pots and pans and all of the paraphernalia needed to set up house and renovate said property. It's only because we will be paying half of mortgage and bills that they stand a chance of succeeding. And I have a feeling we'll be paying for round one of the renovations at least for now...so for the sacrifice of living together...which we've been doing anyway mainly at our expense they get a chance and we buy some more time for father in law to sort out his estate. We have declined to be co-owners of the property as to do so would mean so many legal complications and possibly hurdles to get the mortgage. And why would anyone want to hinder their children...can't think of a valid reason at all. Hopefully amidst all these goings on we'll be able to help farm boy get onto the property ladder with a deposit top up...so if all's fair in love and war so to speak surely we should be not too far away from our Winters End.

J. X

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A Strange Feeling

Yesterday a whole load of us gathered with a financial advisor to see the best way forward on the house front...due to a series of complex reasons...but mainly because my father in law has always wanted control of everything and everyone, we have rented homes for our entire married life...every now and then being dangled along by a promise of something good just around the corner...we have never been in a position to buy, either due to not enough income or not enough deposit...being self employed doesn't help the situation...working in the agricultural sector seems to further hinder us...

Anyway...we are in our third rented home...and a few months ago found out that the owners would really like the property back so their eldest son and his family could move back...so...with renting getting ever more expensive we went to see just how much we could borrow...not a chance...but maybe we could add our youngest daughter to the mix...giving her a third share of the house...anyway...not many lenders do group mortgages and having either me or hubby on the mortgage reduces the length of time it could be paid back over...complicating things if father in law ever did manage to let go some of his millions and we moved out...que youngest's partner, who is being generously helped by his mother with a large deposit...so now it's us who will hopefully be moving in with them...although we had all planned to live together for a couple more years anyway it just seems all wrong. It will be our furniture, in their house. Mortgage and bills will be shared equally...this needs to work for everyone...perhaps I should feel excited, but hubby is on a real downer...someone owes us a not inconsiderable amount of money and cannot, or maybe even will not pay...someone that should know better...someone who likes to control everyone...the same someone who is going to be very lonely is his old age...

I actually feel as dull as the weather has been today...I hope I can pull myself out of it soon, but right now I just feel like whatever did we do that was so wrong to deserve everything we've been put through, it's just not fair...and I'm so determined that it will never happen to any of our children,

J. x

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Dear Spammers

Dear friends...this does not apply to you...

Oi you spammers...I'm a talkin' to you... Go pester someone else...actually no, don't do that...we've all been given a certain amount of time on this beautiful Earth...go do something that will make someone happy, make someone smile...for goodness sake, when you're ready to meet your maker one day do you really want to look back on what you've done and think...waw...I sure spammed a lot of people, that must have really spoiled their days...Have you no imagination to be creative, no heart to help others...would your Mother be proud of your actions...

J. X


Saturday, 10 October 2015

Elusive Sleep

It is almost 2:30am...and I have just given up trying to sleep for now...hubby has a nasty head cold and is making some pretty random noises in his sleep...but sleep he must so rather than toss and turn any more I find myself on the living room sofa. I too feel a bit of a nasal disturbance coming along, and am rather thirsty...Heidi has been stepped over by me more than once on the kitchen floor, but she is so sound asleep I don't think I shall be disturbed by a damp nose anytime soon...we had a lovely walk this afternoon on the beach with her new found doggy friend...who's much more agile than she and gave her a really good run around!

The other day I mentioned our trip to Tarr Steps...a beautiful place...and here it is...

Many years ago...pre children and all that I drove across here, well actually a friend did...we were with a party of YFC friends. I probably wouldn't want to do that anymore! It was chilly, you could really feel it off the clear Exmoor water, but an absolutely georgeous day for a walk.

 

 

Walking back the other side of the river we found these...

 

Coins people have embedded into logs...it felt a truly magical place...but it didn't tempt me to part with any cash I'm afraid!

Actually I'd say it was hauntingly beautiful.

Take care, J. x

 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Fingers Crossed

Well...we put in an offer on a cottage...then the next day put in another offer on a different cottage...and have been accepted...now the fun begins...mortgage sorting...one way or another we shall succeed I hope...and at the same time help two of our children onto the property ladder...fingers crossed. J. x

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Suspense...

Suspense...my breathing is ragged. I can hardly bare to wait for tomorrow. We are awaiting some very important news...I hope the outcome will be positive...lets just say we've put an offer on something...but more somebody's are still to view what we now crave...

But enough...I don't want to build my hopes up too high only to be dashed...

Farm boy left on Sunday to travel back to JCB land...where sadly jobs are on the line...another anxious wait...before he left we headed to Exmoor and Tarr Steps. A truly beautiful place...and hopefully next time I blog I shall have uploaded some lovely pictures, sadly for now my mind is not in tune with the rest of my body...you'll understand I'm sure.

So farewell for this evening...I hope sleep finds me easier than last night...

Take care, J. x



Friday, 2 October 2015

A Glorious Few Days

Another Friday has come around all too quickly here in sleepy Devon. Here are a few picture tales of what I've been up to...

Bagged up some wild growing apples...



To make some blackberry and apple jelly...

 

Sat with my friend in the river for a while...

On these boulders...

Fancied doing some knitting outdoors, but had one of these nasty things...

Made some of these...

And am now about to boil up this leftover from jelly making...

 

To make some fruit cheese...thank heavens for extra summertime sugar rations!

Heidi broke into the rubbish bin on Wednesday and was feeling rather poorly Wednesday evening through to last night...I'd love to say it served her right, but it's always rather worrying when a pet gets sick. She appears brighter today, but she refused to go for a walk this morning so will have to stay put today as I have things planned for this afternoon...gardening after making the fruit cheese.

Tomorrow I'm anticipating feeling where some of my abdominal muscles have been hiding out lately as I've just come back from my first Pilates class...

Until next time take care, J. x