Well that's it! We have exchanged contracts. For those not familiar with the really awful house buying law in England, this means that we have reached a point of no return. Our buyers have paid a deposit and signed a contract promising to pay the rest on a date specified by us. That date is 16th November. YAY! We are finally going!
A moment to reflect on how much this house has meant to us. It's been our home for sixteen years, during which time a lot has happened to us. It was never our dream home, we bought it because it had enough bedrooms for our large family and was on a regular bus route to both Oxford and Witney (our local market town), and most importantly it was within our budget. It needed work doing to it, but we were more than happy to do it, and we have had some very happy times here.
The buyers of our house came to see us today, bringing with them a small flock of tradesmen. Double glazing salesman, carpet seller, painter and decorator, and a bottle of champagne. We left them to roam the house pointing out where they wanted things changed or painted or whatever.... we expected it to feel strange, but it didn't. At last we have reached a place where we feel really happy for this young couple starting out on their life adventure together. To get really sentimental, we feel that our house deserves a nice young couple with their lives ahead of them and, no doubt, so many exciting adventures to come.
Things have been very stressful here this year, on top of a very difficult last five years, so I forced myself to remember why we are going to Spain. The image that came to mind was of me lazily stretching out a hand to pick an orange from the tree. And almost instantly I felt calmer. I will try to keep that image close over the next couple of weeks and of course keep you all posted. It's going to be a very busy fortnight and then possibly a few days of no internet access... but I will blog even a short one before we actually go just to keep you up to date.