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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 12th Aug 16, 1:55 PM
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    22 Foxhole East
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    • 12th Aug 16, 1:55 PM
    22 Foxhole East 12th Aug 16 at 1:55 PM
    I just made my first mortgage overpayment.

    We bought a 5 bed Victorian terraced house in the East Midlands in April 16 that has been badly neglected. It needs everything doing, it has been let out on a room by room basis and used as a rental machine. Now it is our family house (4 kids = one bedroom each!!).

    So far I have replaced 2 Velux on the attic floor so the rain stays on the outside (very rotten frames)

    Have had a full electrical rewire as the wiring was underneath the wallpaper - not boxed or chased in, just behind the wallpaper and skirting boards. Got a shiny certificate and everything now!

    Decorated 4 kids bedrooms and put down new carpets in 3 of them

    On the still to do list for this year

    - new roof and insulation - nails degrading! Snow could cause a huge problem. Better get it sorted really.

    - New shower and bathroom flooring - water damage, holes in floors (!) we should have moved the bath mats when we were viewing, they hid a lot of damage.

    Plastering and decorating.

    Nice carpets!!

    Shelves!

    That will be the two top floors done and I can kid myself I am 2/3rds of the way finished

    Not attempting anything on the ground floor until 2017 - so no talk of log burners,knocking down walls, kitchens, damp proof courses, shower rooms or the like. That way lies madness, shhhhh, next year, at some point...

    So, let's talk money.
    House cost £160,000
    Deposit was £41,315 (sale of previous nasty Manchester Foxhole)
    Amount borrowed £118,685

    We got a 1.94 % fixed for 2 years with Accord which rises to something ridiculous like 7% so remortgage time in 2018

    We will repay £1.82 for every £1 borrowed over the 26.5 year life of the mortgage unless I overpay

    I have just rung Accord, found out I can repay up to 10% of the total amount borrowed (each year without penalty), can make as many overpayments as I like per month without penalty, but cannot check on the balance online. I have to ring up a silly automated 0345 number that will tell me what the balance is! I will have to remember to ring it on my mobile so it is free.

    Monthly Mortgage repayment £467.00
    An overpayment of £200 a month would knock 10.5 years off the life of the mortgage.

    We are planning on spending 5 years living here, and them moving elsewhere due to the nature of DH's work. So, lets see how much I can throw at this mortgage.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 2nd Oct 18, 8:11 AM
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    Well done on the OPs, you will smash that target.
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 2nd Oct 18, 1:47 PM
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    Tis a tad early for a school to publish details as they have to be gone over with a fine nit-picking comb before being released into the wild.


    Was just wondering if you'd heard owt on the grapevine...
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 2nd Oct 18, 4:40 PM
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    They have told the kids in detail what was said about their (the kids') behaviour, what was good, and what could be improved on. but nothing about the teaching or facilities or management.

    Will be there at an options evening tomorrow so might find out more.
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 2nd Oct 18, 10:17 PM
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    Today was a busy day,
    I changed all 3 top floor beds, laundered and returned
    Hoovered the whole house.
    Cleaned and disinfected the banisters, door handles and fingerplates.
    Put on a nice new, heavy, shiny, white loo seat. So glad to be rid of the other nasty one, but broke 2 fingernails undoing the bolts and screws, it all looks much better in there now.
    Turfed out my chest of drawers ready for Autumn - all summer stuff is packed up and out the way. All the stuff which is a size 10 is out of the way until I lose my size 16'd ness. I will get back there.

    So much for the cold going away, woke up at 3am with a raging sore throat, but could not be bothered with it and went back to sleep, woke up at 6am without it, carried on fine until 6pm when it came back and hit me with a vengeance. Ouch. Not impressed. Don't want to get a stupid cough. Back on to the lemon-flavoured-disgusting-paracetamol-based-drink (TM) yuk!

    Tomorrow will be laundering the middle floor beds (2), harvest celebration at primary school (kill me now), options evening for DS2 and rounding it all off with football and beer-free-beer, after a YS raid on the way home.

    DS4 is singing ' I want to grow beans' to the tune of Queen's 'I want to break free', so I showed him the video of Freddie in his pvc miniskirt doing the hoovering, and he was quite disturbed about the whole moustache, padded bra, stockings scenario.
    What can I say, I was a child of the 70's and transvestism and moustaches went hand in hand with cowboys and middle aged men sharing a bed on primetime tv. It's a wonder any of us turned out alright!!!!!! Besides, it was all done in the best possible taste.
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    • the cross rabbit
    • By the cross rabbit 3rd Oct 18, 7:06 AM
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    I used to love kenny evert, sometimes DH sit like the female character (can't remember name) and it starts me laughing imagining him doing best possible taste legs
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 3rd Oct 18, 7:23 PM
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    Kenny was Cupid Stunt and i think he had a friend called Betty Swallocks.


    All good clean filth. and full frontal female nudity, if I remember (The Sweeney) correctly - the lag's wife was always naked when the coppers came round. Wouldn't get away with it now.
    Mary Whitehouse would be quite happy with what we have now.
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 4th Oct 18, 10:40 AM
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    Ooooooooh just did something really dangerous!!

    I have applied for DS3s school placement, we are (just) outside the school catchment area, but the 2 older siblings rule is currently in force. I have only requested the one school. No backup.

    The reasons?
    1. 2 older children at that school
    2. He is in a feeder school for that school
    3. All the City schools, and most of the County schools have different term dates to the Academy I need him to go to. If he is allocated a place elsewhere, then half term holidays/ Easter holidays are all off, and we are already stopped from going away due to Exams/ dissertation marking / essay marking schedules from the University.
    4. Stability after he has had to attend 3 different primary schools due to our odd lifestyle choices
    and
    5. The backup - and the way I bypassed the admissions process last time when I moved here and the 2 eldest missed 3 whole days of education,- it is an Academy and so it has its own admissions policy and technically can admit who the hell it likes. i was interviewed on the Thursday morning and they were there in full kit on Monday morning. I used the magic words ' children missing from education' and then as soon as they saw their school reports, they practically bit my arm off to get them.

    So ... a risky strategy indeed. But it is going to be the only way I can work it, and guarantee everyone is at school on time. Besides, it is an enormous school and it appears unpopular with most parents who went there 15 years ago. Everyone wants the smaller schools, not the two merged schools with a bigger campus now.

    What do you think? All you teacher types? It would dramatically effect our family life if he did not get in....
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    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 4th Oct 18, 11:08 AM
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    Having had personal experience with the exact people of who you talk making decisions about our small people's and families positions with theses things. I'm a bit laid back about it all. I wasn't when we went through the total mayhem that was no school for small due to their bureaucratic processes which it seems they make up the answers too depending on the day of the week it is, or which way the wind is blowing. But it gave us a year of massive difficulty but we came out the other side and all is good.

    I would do whatever you need to do for your family to make it work. I would however, always recommend a number 2 school. As, whilst it might seem like Hobson's choice with only 1. They literally will not allocate you a school and then when pushed offer you one 15 miles away or something stupid. At least get a school, even if it's not the one you want. You can then fight tooth and nail to get in the one you do want if needs be after the affect.
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 4th Oct 18, 11:36 AM
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    It is surrounded by smaller schools, which are the ones everyone wants.

    Having wrangled Salford, Sheffield, and Leicestershire admissions before, each one being absolutely dire, and managed to bypass them completely with DS1 & 2 here, I actually think he would be in a stronger position to have no place entirely and be classed as 'missing' rather than having a place elsewhere and waiting for an in-term transition. Thus having to deal with admissions again

    Salford did not give us a place at all, denied ever having received the application and asked where I sent it - when I replied I had handed it into their reception by hand so they could not claim not to have received it, and I offered to email them a copy of the receipt, surprisingly I received the letter confirming my place at my school of choice the very next day.

    Sheffield took 8 weeks to allocate a place I had found and applied for and agreed with the head teacher, in the schools I asked for, for no reason other than they did it alphabetically by application date, and you could only accept the place by return of post. Bizarre.

    Leicestershire only action certain schools on certain days of the week! and only work in application date order. So if you ask for schools 1.2 and 3 and don't get a place in any, they will not deal with someone requesting a place in schools 8, 9 or 12, in a totally different area, as they will not deal with anyone else until they have contacted person number 1 to tell them to resubmit. Then you have to apply again, and go to the back of the queue as you are submitting a new application. It is utterly crazy, if anyone with a modicum of intelligence and common sense worked in one of these offices, they would implode. In the end Le'Shire had so many kids without a place,and it made the national news, they made the first choice of school take them and raised the class size allocation. Problem solved.


    Options evening last night was odd, pretty unhelpful really, and we escaped as soon as possible. They are having taster sessions in the less traditional GCSE subjects in December, so after that he can make his decision. Not going to pressure him, After all, we might not even be here.

    Need to do some baking and cleaning, so I am off to do that instead now....
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    • greent
    • By greent 4th Oct 18, 5:17 PM
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    I've only ever gone for 1 school for all 3 of mine which have gone to secondary schools (youngest is in Y5 so still at primary) - and all 3 went/ go to different schools (makes for some organisational challenges!) At several times I have had all 4 at different educational establishments (they currently are - but as 2 are living away at uni they don't really count now - except they make my challenges with the remaining 2 harder as they're not here to 'sit' one whilst I run around after the other)

    I've only ever gone for 1 school on primary application too - actually, I may possibly have gone for 2 with eldest (so long ago I can't remember) but then sibling rule has applied to the others following after, so it didn't matter. Am pretty sure that here it's LACs, Forces children and then siblings and then distance for the primaries.

    Secondary application here sounds more organised, even though we also have 7 grammars which have slightly different rules to the rest (and possibly each other) - if you don't get your first choice then your second becomes your effective first choice and so on and so on. And it's all advised for the county on the same day

    Personally I'd stick with one - the sibling rule is a high factor here
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 4th Oct 18, 6:59 PM
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    Ooh Greent that sounds really difficult all 4 in different schools. Did you have the same half term/holiday dates or were they different?
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    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 4th Oct 18, 7:33 PM
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    You may be alright around here as they all seem to start & finish at different times. One local high school finishes at 3pm others at 3.15 & 3.30 & same with the primary schools. So if you end up coming to M/c University then maybe try north m/c not south. We're cheaper & nicer! (Quick advert there!)
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 6th Oct 18, 11:02 PM
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    I always found Mcr secondary schools were almost set up so that older siblings could pick up/drop off smaller ones from the closest primary schools. All terribly civilized!

    I paid £101 to a ping pong club this morning - it was in the budget. All accounted for. It works out at £1 a week each, so still really cheap all things considered. Just all in one go it looks much worse than it is. Then it is £1 coaching each a week when they actually go.

    I have lost my motivation. All of it. Down the plug 'ole. I know what I need to be doing, I have my lists, but my desire to do it is lacking. Because it feels like I am doing it for them, because they are coming. And DH has booked to go away the second day they are here on a course, all day. I am trying to be positive in front of the kids, but it is hard when DH mentions 'my bloody parents coming' in front of them.

    God I hope I snap out of this soon. It is so not me. What seems to be annoying me is that there is nothing at all on during half term. Everything is the week after so that they are off for all the Halloween stuff. Boo! Oh well. Can't be helped. It just means I am Chief Entertainment Officer, as well as everything else for the week. With 4 kids who would really rather not leave the house...

    So, basically I am not sleeping well, major stress dreams and being wide awake suddenly at 2am. Which is fine, as I don't like sleep anyway, but it gets a little bit boring with nobody to talk to, and if I get up, then I will disturb DH, and I can't come downstairs or I will interrupt DHamster's running schedule - he does not like an audience.

    I think i need to start running again. I have been researching pollen asthma. I used to run at 5.30 am and it was only when I got talked into running at 7pm at one of the swe4tsh0p running club things by a friend who did not want to go alone (grrrr) that I ended up an allergic coughing mess. So I need to sort the antihistamine + nasal spray pollen barrier + blue inhaler timescale and get it right so that I can run again.
    Running clears my head, and I am invincible when I can do it.
    So I think I am going to try and sort out a routine again. So, starting slowly, now all those poxy plants are dying, I can start 1k a day for a week (I mean it is all of 8 minutes), until I can breathe, as long as I get up before the pollen, then work upwards until I am back at 5k evey other morning before taking the kids to school. I just have to work out the timings of the medications to get the best results. I can't make excuses anymore. I need to take responsibility.
    There.
    I have written it.
    So it must be true.
    I love this site because it keeps me accountable.
    And I just said I was going to do it.

    Also need to make an apple crumble and make some hummus out of the tins I picked up at harvest festival sale. As I am going to try and do this Sunday - Sunday no spending challenge thing on the NSK October board!
    Which is probably a good idea as I only have £99 left in my bank account until I get £35 ctc on Friday and ChB on Monday the fifteenth, which is also DS1's 16th birthday. But I have cards and wrapping paper, and I ordered some stuff on Monday that should arrive this week.

    Paying down the mortgage is taking nearly every penny I have, and I am quite glad that there are only a few months left. I am not sure I could do this every month. Although seeing that first first number drop one every month is addictive.....
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 7th Oct 18, 7:47 AM
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    So, off I went, ran once around the park, the sun was rising, the grass was steaming, it was lovely. 8 minutes for my 1km. Bit rubbish, but a starting point. Now back and on the sofa with a lovely coffee, tight chested and coughing. It will pass. I did it. Wonder if the kids will go to their Junior Parkrun (they do 2 laps of the park - the fastest does it in 7 minutes - the fastest kid - not my fastest kid -)
    Looking forward to Dr Wh0 coming back with a new Dr. I did not like Capaldi. Sorry, nor his sidekick Bill. Wonder if the kids will be interested? .

    Today I will be ultra-efficient . I can feel it already.
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    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 7th Oct 18, 9:32 AM
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    Looking forward to Dr Wh0 coming back with a new Dr. I did not like Capaldi. Sorry, nor his sidekick Bill. Wonder if the kids will be interested? .
    Originally posted by f0xh0les

    I didn't either, it's the first series I couldn't bear to watch I think his voice was part of the problem, and I saw the original series when it was first broadcast! (I'm that old, I was well in my teens!) Good for you doing that run, I hope it doesn't take long to get your medication timing right.
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 7th Oct 18, 1:43 PM
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    Well done on the run.
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 10th Oct 18, 12:16 PM
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    Managed running two days in a row. Then got let down by laundry issues (remembered to wash my kit, forgot to dry it), a cancelled physio appt an hour before it started, had to rush a kid to school, by which time the pollen window had closed, then random kids stuff, so am back on it after a 2 day break (at least the tight chest has not appeared this morning), will head out again at crack of dawn tomorrow.

    I have ordered DS2s bedroom blind, his headboard, a blind for upstairs single loo, 2 new toilet seats, a non-dairy chease board for DS1s birthday and some coat hooks to repurpose DS3s old too short skirting board into an additional coat rack in the corridor to the kitchen. Will be paid for on Monday from Child Benefit.
    Sorted out all the hats, gloves, coats, and scarves ready for the winter, after today's mini heatwave. Bleached the badly behaved downstairs loo (in what is essentially a lean to beyond the kitchen) annoyingly, after not much work at all, the blimmin' thing is sparkling and shining, and I am annoyed I did not just do it before, and not just write it off as disgusting.

    All laundry in the washing machine or on the line - will fold and return to owners later on.

    DH was delivered to the train station this morning, for his trip back to Yorkshire. He returns late tonight - he told me the time of the last train he can get home - so it is obviously off to the pub with former colleagues after whatever this 'work thing' is. Dirty stopout.

    Going to put all the stuff up that arrives before the inlaws, and use the delivery dates as an excuse for either not going out, or for leaving the older ones at home if we are forced to go out. They have requested they are left out of any 'organised activities'. Why does everyone else get to go and hide in their rooms??
    I get to try and make polite conversation with strangers when we have no people in common, and have to make excuses for everyone else.

    Did I mention DH is doing a runner on the Tuesday? Down to London all day. Rotten swine.

    If you lot will all do a raindance for me, for the week of half term here, I will promise you a dry and sunny week for your half term.
    I will also except high winds, fog, snow and blizzards in lieu of rain.
    Will consider plagues of frogs - don't fancy locusts though....
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 11th Oct 18, 1:42 PM
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    DS2 has been to the physio - his ligaments in his ankles are a bit too tight, so he has some exercises to do and a return visit next month. He is bemused by the whole thing. I keep telling him he needs to walk on his tip toes, then I get that patented teenage eye roll (TM), but when physio tells him, then that is ok.

    Ran this morning, no ill effects whatsoever so far - I tried not using the inhaler until I got out the door to run, and no anti-histamine. No coughing at all. Not a sausage. Seemed to work much better than the recommended using it 15 minutes before running. Will continue to monitor and see if it continues to work.

    2 kids off on day trips with school, returning at lunch time. So they will be full of news when they get back.

    Will put another loo seat on today, attach a couple of spin closures onto the airing cupboard door, now I have fitted the boiler with a toasty warm jacket, the door is inclined to burst open randomly. So they will stop that.

    I have to post a parcel for the mail delivery survey thingie - extra £2 came in the post. Think they might have messed up, as they sent me the postage for it, when it has stamps on the front already. Oh well, more money for me for Christmas.

    S&M sent me a voucher for a free candle today, up to £7.50 So next time I am in town I will snaffle one of those. Still have a £2 voucher for S&M too, so annoyed I have missed out on using nearly £20 of free money with them. I have to actually use their bribes!

    Wait(a minute)rose sent me loads of £8 off a £40 spend vouchers. Might come in handy for posh g/f stuff for m-i-l. Will go shopping for that stuff later. Can't be faffed right now.

    Had a lovely evening last night with no DH, so the main light in the living room did not go on, I lit my candles on the coffee table, and the two on the mantle and sat in candlelight watching Poirot. DS2 wandered past at 8pm, and asked if I was sitting on my own, and where DH was - he had just assumed he would be back already, so when I told him his dad was not coming back until after 10.30 he said 'I am not leaving you sitting down here on your own' and went and got his laptop and headphones, and stayed in the living room with me.
    He can be lovely when he is not being a twit.

    Incredibles 2 is on at kidsclub at the 0deon this weekend - I know DS3 wants to see it, but I still have The Greatest Showman, Solo and Avengers Assemble on DVD unwatched. There is no kidslub over our half term, it is on the week afterwards. The joys of living in City and schooling in County.

    Right, off to do stuff before the afternoon gets away from me.....
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    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 11th Oct 18, 3:34 PM
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    badmemory
    I get that patented teenage eye roll (TM), but when physio tells him, then that is ok.
    ....
    Originally posted by f0xh0les

    Isn't it annoying when you tell them they should do something & they look at you, with THAT look, & then someone else says exactly the same & they are immediately compliant. My problem was showers - he insisted on a bath hated showers. Until his end of year school photo (first year) & his teacher said now don't forget to shower & wash your hair as we all want to make a good impression tomorrow. I wonder if it is just boys?
    • Hazelnutty
    • By Hazelnutty 11th Oct 18, 3:39 PM
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    Unfortunately it starts early - DD is 9 and is already trying out the eye roll, hair flick and stomp upstairs.
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