House-hunting progess report

Well, today we certainly viewed some houses. ‘We’ being Jane, myself and our neighbour Yvonne, whom we introduced as our Interior Designer.

It was actually a joke, but the lady showing us around three of the five properties must have believed me because she kept asking Yvonne’s opinion on what she would recommend in terms of decor. I think Yvonne managed very well to blag her way through those questions, but really came into her own when she entered the bathroom of the final house of the day and gently ranted about the green and yellow … EVERYTHING!

As a little aside, I was downloading photographs from my Nokia 5140i phone this evening and thought I’d share with you the view from the top floor of a property we viewed in West Forth Street on Friday evening. The property was simply too large, and in need of too much modernization and decoration for us, but the view was quite special, and quite unexpected.

View over Cellardyke in the evening

The house, from which you can obtain that view for a handful of notes short of £200,000, felt sad and neglected. Like a bronchial, pale old man, with an 80-a-day habit, sitting vacantly in an old folks’ home hundreds of miles from his family waiting for death to come as a merciful blessing. But nothing that a good lick of paint wouldn’t fix.

The house, not the old man.

You know those shopping trips that you go on to accompany your sister where you spend the whole day looking all over town for the perfect pair of shoes / dress / trousers / blouse / etc* (*delete where applicable) and end up going back to the first shop visited to buy the first thing she tried on? Well today was a bit like that.

We fell in love with the first house we saw, another house in Cellardyke, a short walk from where we are currently living. But then everwhere in Cellardyke is a short walk from where we are currently living!

It was one of those “this is it” moments. And that was before we even stepped into the place. In fact, it was while we were still sitting in front of my PC looking at it on the world wide interweb. “Awww….!” we exclaimed in wonder when I clicked to view the photographs.

We said much the same while we were removing our shoes to view the property in person. And just in case you’re wondering if we want to live inside a Buddhist Temple, it was a new property. A new build. Here it is:

Jane standing outside a particularly nice house

It was a complete rank outsider as we’d been focusing almost entirely on old properties, something with character and history. But to be honest I loved the architecture of this house. It wasn’t just a functional box, it had some great shapes and angles and now I’m sounding really sad…!

Discussing it with Jane later we realised that this house seems to tick all the boxes that we have for a house just now. We want somewhere comfortable, functional and easy to move into. We want something that will allow us to get on with our lives easily. We want something that will allow us to settle quickly and enable us to focus on trying to start a family. The IVF path is going to be stressful enough as it is without having to worry about whether we have to be perfecting our DIY skills for the next twenty years!

Now we simply need to sell Kadesh as quickly as possible, and find out if we can secure a deposit on this new house. Jane will be doing the negotiations tomorrow. We’re trying not to get too excited but we’ve not been this excited about buying a house since we bought Kadesh. Which in truth was the first and only other house that we’ve bought. But it’s still exciting.

Please pray that if this is the right house for us then we will be able to secure this house and sell Kadesh for the right price soon.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “House-hunting progess report”

  1. Buy it! We’ve just bought a house we saw first of all and loved on the internet, and didn’t look at anything else at all in real life. My husband also bought our current house without viewing anything else.
    In fact, we’ve only viewed two houses in total.

    You know when it’s the right place. But fingers crossed for Kadesh – hey. we’ll buy it, we like the sound of the games nights, and we love the Really Nasty Horse Racing Game which we play with Rev. and Rev. M (vicar and wife).


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