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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 5th Nov 11, 9:12 PM
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    Countdown to Freedom
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    • 5th Nov 11, 9:12 PM
    Countdown to Freedom 5th Nov 11 at 9:12 PM
    A new diary as we enter the last two months of 2011. I have been lurking for almost a year and have found so many of you inspirational, particularly Billy, Michelle, Radish, and Museum Worker.

    A bit of background I am married to a great man, two kids who are growing up too quickly, two cats and a dog! Never a dull moment in our household as you can imagine.

    I had my LB moment 12 months ago and started to work on my husband to bring him round as I thought we both needed to be on board to tackle this project. I have just asked him when he had his LB moment and he said 'when you told me I had' however he swiftly followed this up with 'when I realised we would never reduce the mortgage whilst battling with 'the large Spanish bank'!

    To set the stage for where we are and where we are aiming for:
    Current mortgage £312000 and I wince as I type the number, with the outstanding mortgage due to finish in 10 years. Aim is to clear the mortgage in 6 years. We are fortunate that we are both employed on good salaries however in this day and age who knows how long that will last.
    Onwards and upwards, my next post will be to build a picture of how I/we have put into practice all the things learnt from you great people.

    Thanks for reading and I hope some day I can inspire others the way some of you have inspired me/us.
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 4th Sep 16, 9:00 PM
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    Ooh Apple, I hadn't realised it was at 9999 - was it driving you mad? What a lot of waffle but hopefully lots of good stuff too.


    Brilliant day - thoroughly enjoyed church then after dropping DD, we went off for our adventure.

    Due to be home by 9.30pm then definitely an early night.


    Night Tilly xxx
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
    Achieved Goal: 28/08/15
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 4th Sep 16, 9:07 PM
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    I didn't want to post and steal your 10000th post thunder!!
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 5th Sep 16, 9:29 AM
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    I've been researching photovoltaic panels and how to use them without sending anything back to the grid. What a mine field this is.
    Originally posted by Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    It sounds like you're having a wonderful time Tilly (though I'm sorry to hear of the prospect of weeping on the floor, even if it is clean ) but getting your own PV panels and keeping the elec for your own needs is very interesting to me too - I'll watch along with interest.

    Tilly, your thread has reached 10k posts! Awesome!
    Originally posted by apple muncher

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    • brizzledfw
    • By brizzledfw 24th Sep 16, 11:56 AM
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    Hope alls OK Tilly and you are enjoying September xx
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 25th Sep 16, 3:23 PM
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    Hi Brizzle, having a brilliant month. Tons of plans in the making.

    I'm not sure where the month has gone.

    Food shopping this week £15

    For people wanting to grow veg - broad beans and garlic can be planted in October. Definitely sow some salad leaves and basil seeds popped into pots in the house will germinate and grow on a sunny window ledge.

    Just about to roast 1/2 a chicken, with a platter of roast veggies. I'm poaching the other half and using tomorrow night in a pasta bake. Project use up in the pasta/rice cupboard is under way. Noodles on Tuesday - probably in an Asian soup. Lasagne for Wednesday. Sushi rice (making veggie sushi rolls) for Thursday with salad from the garden. By Friday all the 'bits and pieces' will be finished and HM pizza is on the menu for dinner. I'm going on a bread making course

    DD and DS are both happy, settled and Mr T and I are having fun being a couple again. Loving it

    Off on holiday in a while and booked to go to Portugal for Christmas.

    Hope everyone is enjoying their journey- keep the Tilly Tidies going xxxx
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
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    • greent
    • By greent 25th Sep 16, 3:57 PM
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    Life sounds lovely Glad DD & DS both settled

    xx
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 28th Sep 16, 8:12 AM
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    Hi GreenT, how are you doing? Will pop over to visit your diary and catch up.


    We've had a bit of sad news - a house we wanted to buy has been snaffled up by someone else . However, on a happier note we have tracked down the original architect for our house abroad and are meeting him in October. As he managed the build he will know tons about the house already. YAY will make life much easier and he's well known by the local council (in a good way) which will be helpful too.

    Bit of a rocky day yesterday due to the house news but our DS is getting on well and loving his new life. Great to hear him talking about it. DD failed her driving test though (2nd) time. Proud that she is cracking on and taking more lessons and booking another test.

    Project use up is going well, lasagne saved for tonight - huge salad last night. I'm off to see my mum today and we are going to a nearby garden centre. She is doing brilliantly and I hope I'm still as active at her age.

    I've been thinking of dieting for months but I've finally knuckled down. 6lbs off for me and 9lbs for Mr T - only another *** to go

    Sun is shining, dogs are having a cuddle - on the bed It's bed changing day so I don't mind.

    Best wishes Tilly xxx
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
    Achieved Goal: 28/08/15
    • Watty1
    • By Watty1 28th Sep 16, 1:55 PM
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    Your last post was like a sunny day. All sounds so good - although sorry the house got snaffled another better one will turn up
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    Knotted hanky fund now in full swing: £3776.40
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 29th Sep 16, 7:37 AM
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    gallygirl

    We've had a bit of sad news - a house we wanted to buy has been snaffled up by someone else .
    Originally posted by Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    Aw rats .

    Good news on architect though .
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
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    • brizzledfw
    • By brizzledfw 29th Sep 16, 8:35 AM
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    Me too.. So sorry to hear re the house but glad you're picking yourselves up about it. Sounds fab re the kids, and that you're not suffering in the least from empty nest syndrome!

    £15 on food shopping is awesome...well done too.

    I am indeed keeping up the TTs Captain Tilly....

    Over and out

    Brizz xx
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 29th Sep 16, 10:25 AM
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    Morning, project use up is going well. I'm almost at the point of opening my 'carb' cupboard and smiling. In case anyone thinks I'm mad - I fully appreciate that it means we will open more pasta, rice etc but I won't be looking at odds and sods which have been left behind


    I have kept this morning aside for financials I've Tilly Tidied 66p to a new savings pot - architect fees. Truly not sure whether an architect is required for a Reno but because we want to move walls - significantly on one side of the house - we both think he can probably conjure up more storage capacity and make it flow better than if I was drawing on a napkin

    I'm not sure we have a lodger, we never see him. He arrives around midnight, leaves early, stays 3 nights and we get paid £100 per week. What a joy.

    Mr T and I are spending time next week mind mapping what we've got going on. Our heads seem full of noise and we did a high level one a few weeks ago, it's time to take it down to another level of detail. On a happy note, I know what type of hob and extractor I want in the Reno - nothing like being distracted by fripperies

    Best wishes Tilly xx
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
    Achieved Goal: 28/08/15
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 29th Sep 16, 4:53 PM
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    Mind mapping is scary! I'm definitely a linear, listy sort of person and am in awe of mindmappers.
    NST January #1; NSD 11/18; Ex 14/12; craft 2/20 (0); remove 28
    2018 Pay off: £248; 2
    018 sell

    Mortgage £23,143 (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • ajmoney
    • By ajmoney 29th Sep 16, 8:53 PM
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    Home for an extended weekend so getting to catch up on diaries. So glad your son is getting on well. I bet he is full of funny stories, making loads of friends and getting some amazing experiences and memories.
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    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 29th Sep 16, 9:26 PM
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    Truly not sure whether an architect is required for a Reno but because we want to move walls - significantly on one side of the house - we both think he can probably conjure up more storage capacity and make it flow better than if I was drawing on a napkin
    Originally posted by Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    I have newspaper and sellotape if you want any .

    Best to get an architect - I don't want my ceiling falling in on me when I visit .

    Mind mapping is scary! I'm definitely a linear, listy sort of person and am in awe of mindmappers.
    Originally posted by apple muncher
    I used to do both - mind map the topics but do lists beneath the main headings. Not quite the genuine article
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
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    • HelenDaveKids
    • By HelenDaveKids 29th Sep 16, 9:54 PM
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    Tilly

    Just catching up. Crikey to posts! Although no surprise, your tilly tiddies are now a legend

    xxx
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 30th Sep 16, 9:27 AM
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    Tilly, things sound wonderful. Are you planting basil seeds *now* to grow in the house over autumn and winter? Sounds good.

    Mind mapping is scary! I'm definitely a linear, listy sort of person and am in awe of mindmappers.
    Originally posted by apple muncher
    I'm linear too - mind maps look beautiful, but they're not useful to me though I like the sound of mind mapping at high levels and then making lists
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 2nd Oct 16, 8:02 AM
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    What lovely visitors

    We went house hunting yesterday - not terribly successful but we did learn what we definitely don't want, which I guess is good.

    We have met with architects previously but have not had much success - maybe we just chose the wrong ones but very little was forthcoming. Fortunately we were never billed.

    Walking the hounds soon and then off on a bike ride this afternoon.

    I hope everyone stayed dry yesterday - what a lot of rain


    Tilly xx
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 17th Oct 16, 4:03 PM
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    Afternoon

    Back in the UK and thankfully the sun was out when we landed.

    Good meeting with architect. Came to the house and had some excellent ideas. He also knows loads of people at the local council which will be helpful.

    Progress has already been made and we should have draft plans this week.

    I've done loads of gardening which always makes me happy. Walks on the beach, meals with great friends, all on all productive and therapeutic holiday.

    Hope everyone's plans are going well.

    Best wishes Tilly xx
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
    Achieved Goal: 28/08/15
    • brizzledfw
    • By brizzledfw 17th Oct 16, 5:09 PM
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    All sounding good Well done
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 24th Oct 16, 8:45 AM
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    Morning

    Quick catch up.......

    Good news:
    DS is loving his career choice
    DD is working flat out at Uni but happy with progress
    Mr T is settled at work - probably because he knows an exciting chapter lies ahead.
    I've lost 8lbs and Mr T 7lbs

    Worrying news:
    Mum is struggling but not telling me. Very difficult to handle.


    Money news:
    Very little being spent
    You G needs attention but everything else ticking along
    A friend wants a winter holiday which means our house will be occupied in January - delighted about this

    Breakfast is ready - need to run x
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    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
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