We’re buying a house!

45 Lindsay Berwick Place

At the moment Jane and I now have our metaphorical property fingers in three metaphorical property pies. Today it was confirmed that our offer on 45 Lindsay Berwick Place (pictured right) was accepted. Our move-in date is Wednesday 8 November.

So now we have to ensure that our furniture is out of Kadesh before 17 October, when the new boiler is fitted, prior to the handover date of 25 October. Quite how we will fit two households-worth of furniture into this house that we’re struggling to fit one-load into I’m not entirely sure, but it will be fun trying. And we live on the second and third floors!

Then we’ll have a fortnight of living in “Steptoe’s warehouse” before we can start ferrying our belongings ten minutes up the road to our new “dream house”, as Mum called it on the phone today.

Feeling a little flat

The only disappointment today was discovering that our shorthold tenancy in the rental house we’re in just now will not permit us to give notice before the end of the tenancy. In our case that is April 2007. So unless Rollo Davidson McFarlane can find another tenant before then we will also have to pay the full rent for the next five months in a property that we’re not living in.

Both Jane and I have been involved in Assured Shorthold Tenancies before and have never encountered a situation, until now, whereby the tenant was not able to give notice to leave. Reading through the lease again I can’t believe that we didn’t notice that this information was missing. It would appear that the point of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy is to protect the landlord. The landlord can ask a tenant to leave with two months notice, but seemingly it is out of the question that a tenant might wish to voluntarily leave the property before the lease expires. It seems utterly crazy.

Please pray…

Anyway, dear saints of the Internet, please pray that someone will want a lovely house by the sea from mid-November. God has provided for us this far, we need to trust that He has this bit in hand too.

In the meantime here are some more photographs of the new house (lifted from the estate agent’s website):

Kitchen Dining room
Kitchen (left) and Dining Room (right).

Living room
Living room with double doors through to the Dining Room.

Main bedroom Bedroom 3
Main bedroom (left) and Bedroom 3 (right).

The new house comprises:

Ground floor:

  • Entrance hall
  • Living room
  • Kitchen and Dining Room
  • Utility Room
  • Office/Family Room
  • WC Cloak Room

First floor:

  • Main Bedroom, with en suite
  • Family Bathroom
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4 (which we will use as a music room)
  • Two massive linen cupboards
  • (Floored attic space)


  • Front garden with monoblocked drive
  • Rear garden with lawn, drying area, BBQ-area and garden shed

God has blessed us so much. Praise God!

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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.

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