This fence and it's occupants were photgraphed on our trip to the South island of New Zealand last year. As soon as I got out of the car to snap them they came straight up to the fence, probably to see what I had for them to eat.
Time is going by so quickly, I can't believe how a few short weeks ago we were just going about our daily grind. We now have sold our house, bought another in Wongan Hills and I will soon be finishing work, all happened in just 3 short weeks. The culling of excess to requirements (that sounds better than, getting rid of junk), doesn't it, has begun. A kerbside pickup by our local council was timed perfectly for us. It enabled us to leave out bulky goods from the sheds without us having to cart them to the rubbish dump. I have quite a bit already packed in boxes, this week I will some quotes for the removal van. So, the countdown begins, 5 weeks till settlement of this house and our next one. 4weeks and I will finish work. When I returned home on Wednesday , after handing in my notice, there was a letter waiting for me, congratulating me on achieving 10 years of service and that an award was to be made in due course. I felt like a real traitor after that, no wonder I took the manager by complete surprise, seeing as she had sent the letter the day before. I had explained to them we were moving to the country and that was the only reason for resigning. The hard part now will be telling all my elderly clients that I am leaving and they will have someone new to come and help them in their homes. A lot of elderly don't like change, but unfortunately I am looking forward to a change in lifestyle for myself, so hopefully they will understand. Oh well, I had better stop rambling and get off here and fill another box.
The masterplan has been activated. It wasn't really meant to be happening so soon, but sometimes in life you have to take an oportunity when it comes knocking on your door. Our plan was that towards the end of this year we would have our house spruced up ready for sale. The idea was to relocate to a country town in WA, buy another house and have enough money left over to replace our old campervan and have money to travel.
Two weeks ago, just out of curiosity, I rang an agent who we have had dealing with before and asked her to give us an appraisal on our home. I had seen a lot of houses in the area being sold not long after they had gone onto the market. We jokingly had said to each other that if she came up with a price that was way above what our estimations were we would go ahead and put the house on the market. There were no other houses (other than units) on the market for sale last weekend. Having been told that just a minor declutter would be required, no major cleaning or painting, just a tidy up of paths and gardens and we would be ready to have Home Open on the Sunday. Very quick I know, do it now and she virtually guranteed us a great price. Wait for a couple of months, no guarantee because there could be plenty of houses on the market. After careful consideration, we hit the ground running and listed the house the next day, no turning back now.
Come Sunday last week we had Home Open and 31 groups through and 6 offers to buy, 2 very attractive offers, well above the listing price. Offer accepted that evening. A phone call from the agent on Friday afternoon informed us Finance has been aprroved, so, so far everything is going smoothly. Provided we pass the pest and building inspections it is all go.
We are now in the process of trying to find ourselves another house, that is now more scary than selling this one. Blogging has taken a back seat this last fortnight, so I have a lot to catch up on.
PS. Brother-in-law arrives from New Zealand tonight, boy, is he in for a surprise.