Cheery's country living adventure

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
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  • edited 11 March 2018 at 11:08AM
    rtandon27rtandon27 Forumite
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    edited 11 March 2018 at 11:08AM
    Happy New diary Cheery my dear!

    (Subscribed first - now just read back)

    How exciting Cheery - you know we are all going to live vicariously through you right?
    4 YEARS 10 MONTHS DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
    (With heartfelt thanks to those who have gone before us & their indubitable generosity.)
    ...and now I have a mortgage! (23 AUG 2021)
    19 YEARS 11 MONTHS LEFT OF 20 YEARS
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    Happy new diary, subscribed and looking forward to reading about your adventures in the country. One little word of caution when planning for chickens - Foxes - they take quite a bit of outwitting, beautiful though they are:(
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    :j:j:j Congratulations on the new diary, Cheery

    You want to work on the waistline a bit, so no cake, but have some **really** special coffee for you and Mr Cheery :coffee::coffee:

    You have 11 acres! I didn't realise! Utterly amazing ... I get that a lot of its boggy, but trees will help that :) and upslope you can have fruit trees, and nut trees ... yep, ponds ... oh my word. Wonderful!
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
    Not counting this! 2020
    Garden fencing completed, woohoo 2021.......... Bunny hugger
    October 2021: aiming for £5,000 new money for premium bonds or a car.
  • Cheery_DaffCheery_Daff Forumite
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    Hello :hello:

    KC, thank you for the coffee :D It is indeed wonderful, and well worth all the bureaucracy and stressful waiting we went through :j we will indeed be having fruit and nut trees once I've worked out the best place to put them, and I've brought some of the willow from our old garden too to help soak up some of the swamp :D

    Maddiemay, foxes indeed - we've already seen what I suspect are fox footprints in the snow... we'll be getting rescue chickens so I don't want them to be all completely shut in again, but yes, outwitting the fox will take some doing...

    RT, feel free to live vicariously through me :D As long as you cheer me on a bit occasionally :D

    Walked round the edges of 5 of our fields (!) this morning, gosh it was SO lovely to be out there with nothing but the birds to listen to :j The view really is stupendous. A couple of the fields slope down quite considerably and there's a little spring/stream in one of them that might be a nice place to sit :)

    I also managed to get a picture of our local hare :j seen it a few times since we got here (in fact saw two together this morning) but this is the first timr I've caught it on camera :)

    Mr Cheery and I have popped out to try another local cafe (£5.75) - perfectly serviceable but not half as cheerful as yesterday's (although he reckons the coffee is better...)
    Mortgage end date at start: Feb 2043
    Mortgage end date now: Feb 2033
  • pinkypigpinkypig Forumite
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    Hiya Cheery :wave: Fellow runner and cake enthusiast here :rotfl: i'm reading you're old diary and I love it! So honest and very funny:rotfl: Was really pleased to see your new diary popping up on here. I'm going to subscribe to this one when I've finished or I'll get myself in a right muddle (which doesn't take much!).

    The very best of luck to you and welcome to MFW, its a lovely p!ace to be. I'll look forward to watching you kicking that mortgage into touch:)

    See you soon :)
    PP xx
    Original mortgage £112,000 . Final payment due August 2027.
    Mortgage neutral achieved August 2020 - 7 years early!!!
  • fannyadamsfannyadams Forumite
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    <delurks>Shiny new diary? don't mind if I do! <relurks>
    just in case you need to know:
    HWTHMBO - He Who Thinks He Must Be Obeyed
    DS#1 - my twenty-year-old son
    DS#2 - my teenaged son
    Barkin Things - my two rescued/retired greyhounds
  • Cheery_DaffCheery_Daff Forumite
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    Hi Fanny Adams :hello: You don't need to be forever a lurker, you know! :D

    And Hi Pinkypig :hello: Gosh, you'll be there forever if you read the whole of my old diary, it lasted about 4 years I think! :rotfl: Big load of waffle :D But thank you for your kind words, and we'll see you back in here in a few months when you've finished reading! :rotfl:

    Just done YNAB, all looking acceptable :j Except for £10 which has had to be assigned to the 'budget fiddling' category (which is where I put stuff when it's evident I've spent it, but I have no receipt or memory of what on :o )

    Went out for a lte breakfast with Mr Cheery yesterday to a different cafe - not so nice as the one from the day before, so probably won't go there as often. It has a bookshop attached though, so might be a nice place to take visitors. We'll see. Spent £10.65 between us (but we were in there for 2 hours, plotting and scheming, so not too bad).

    Bought another £15 double clothes rail yesterday too - we had a built in wardrobe before but have no wardrobe at all here. Between us we have rather a lot of clothes :o so once the spare bedroom floor is fixed (as in new joists, not new carpet) that will be our dressing room :D But it's good to have everything on a series of rails :j

    Not much else to report. Wandered round our fields yesterday taking pictures, and found a few sticks that had fallen from a tree in the wind so gathered them in for kindling. Felt like a proper country woman for about ten minutes :rotfl: :rotfl:

    Working at home today, and then Mr Cheery has found us a sofa on Freegle so we're going to pick that up tonight :j It'll replace our tiny really uncomfortable one (not entirely sure what we'll do with that - probably stick it back on Freegle...)

    Have a good one folks! :hello:
    Mortgage end date at start: Feb 2043
    Mortgage end date now: Feb 2033
  • greentgreent Forumite
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    Hello and happy new diary! Look forward to following your MFW adventures :)
    x
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/11 £89873 01/13 £52546 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    Net sales 2021 £426.84/ £500 Decluttering 2021: 1100/1250
  • gallygirlgallygirl Forumite
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    Cheery :wave:!!!!!!

    What an adventure :T.

    Have some :bdaycake: and :coffee:.

    Can't wait to read of your exciting new life so shall do a little happy dance in anticipation :dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:.

    If Mr C had a 'normal' job you'd be buying stuff new - how much more fun (and environmentally friendly) to send him out hunting/gathering stuff :T.

    :j to chickens. While you build a safe enclosure you can start thinking of names :j.
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
    :) Mortgage Balance = £0 :)
    "Do what others won't early in life so you can do what others can't later in life"
  • newgirlynewgirly Forumite
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    Hi cheery, welcome and good luck with the new diary :)
    MFW 67

    2021 £16,071.71/£16,400
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