Friday, August 25, 2006

Bringing things up to date

I have had enquiry from an esoteric bookstore in Cheshire run by one of the ladies on my mailing list. They wish to order 2 copies to begin with, one for people to look through, and one for sale. If things go well, there is a possibility of my going up there in a couple of months time to do a talk. I am not sure how that will pan out, with the cost of travel and accomodation. I have Emailed the proprieter with a copy of my information sheet and will take it from there. She can hopefully order copies from one of the distributors.

It has been a very eventful week. Friday in particular was most strange. It was one of those days when both of us felt like we just had to get out of the house ... So, we agreed to go to our local Church for some more decorating. We got halfway there only to find the roads were closed due to an accident. We navigated our way past that, and then found that we had left the keys at home ... Off to Sainsbury's we went to get some lunch, which we took up to the Downs to eat. Sitting in the car park we were watching the clouds roll in, one minute we were in brilliant sunshine, and the next it was peeing down.

We have been thinking of moving for a while now, considering downsizing and getting out of London altogether. We are not strictly in in London, but near enough, as it is only an hour by car. Our friend, who is one of the Church trustees, lives on a mobile home park, and has been saying for some time that we should go and see her. On the spur of the moment we decided to do just that. The moment we walked into her house, both of us fell in love, and knew that we had found the place that we wanted to move to. Don't get me wrong, Our friend's house is not for sale, but there are 250 other homes on the park that she lives on. Luckily, one of them was for sale, so we went straight home to ring the Agent and made an appointment to view it on Saturday. We ended up offerng the asking price.
It is a beautiful property and very light and spacious - a luxury detached bungalow, with a huge garden and plenty of parking.

All we have to do is sell our own property and therein lies the problem, for we are not the only ones who are inteersted in this house. A Spanish couple have also put an offer in. They cannot leave Spain for legal reasons until the end of October, so if we want to get in then we have to act fast. We have been in touch with a company with a view to doing a part exchange on our house, which would mean that we could move in as little as 6 weeks time, fingers crossed.

In the meantime we have been busy cleaning and tidying the house so that it looks as good as possible, and so that we can get the best possible price. The part exchange people take 10 percent of the sale value, so we need to make sure we get a good price. The living room floor is littered with bags full of shredded paper and unwanted books and CD's.

With all this going on the book has taken a bit of a back seat. I managed to sell 2 copies on Monday night when I went to see a talk by Edwin Courtenay. Edwin Emailed this morning to say he will put a link to my site on his own, and made some helpful suggestions with regard to possible venues for talks and other retail outlets that I need to follow up.

For the moment though it is back to the cleaning ...

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