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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 5th Mar 18, 5:51 PM
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    fuddle
    Not too calm... heart rules.
    • jk0
    • By jk0 5th Mar 18, 5:52 PM
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    Oh, well you know you're going to pay over the odds for a new property, don't you Kittie?
    • westcoastscot
    • By westcoastscot 5th Mar 18, 5:53 PM
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    Kittie that sounds perfect, but keep a clear head mind!! Take your tick list and be methodical - i'll keep everything crossed for you :-)

    Interesting reading the links around gas/electricity supply - I don't see how we can not have shortages if we go on as we are.

    Read something earlier about very bad winters going in cycles, and how this could be the beginning of a series of colder winters - I've a short list of things to do to make things more toasty here, so shall get on with that over the summer
    • Puffinbertha
    • By Puffinbertha 5th Mar 18, 6:00 PM
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    omg I am all of a dither, like a quivering jelly, my heart is racing and my hands are clammy. I have just had notification of what looks like the perfect property, new, one I saw being built and always thought it was for a client because it was being built so carefully. I love it, from the outside. It won`t have the big garden but is in my preferred area. My hands are shaking. Its got a wood burning stove, oak floors. Got a viewing tomorrow morning

    Calm me down please, I want to go in with a clear head and my tick list
    Originally posted by kittie
    Good luck. Hope it is suitable.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 5th Mar 18, 6:26 PM
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    We've had an offer, we won't take it because it's too low but it's very gratifying to know someone would like to buy us! We had another person view this afternoon, a gardener who already has an allotment across the road and I'd so love to leave my garden in the hands of someone who would get as excited as I do about those first few spears of asparagus coming through and enjoy the ripe figs in the late summer. He came on his own because Mrs was at work I'm hoping they come back for another look and want us for the garden.

    KITTIE go for it girl, if your heart and head are both saying this is IT then listen xxx.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 5th Mar 18, 7:38 PM
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    kittie I'd say that if you're reacting to it like that, it could well be The One. Good luck xx

    Lyn
    Good luck to you too! I hope your second viewer will come back with his wife for a second look. x
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 5th Mar 18, 7:42 PM
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    Philips Lifelight Home Solar Pendants.
    Can't remember if I've previously mentioned buying this (a search of this thread for "Lifelight" and "Pendants" doesn't produce any results), so I'll mention it now.

    A few months ago, I bought this from Home Bargains.
    A few weeks ago, I charged up the battery pack, with the solar panel blue-tacked to the inside of my living room window, then plugged in only one of the pendants set it on maximum (which gives a surprising amount of light), and went to bed.

    I'm pleased to report that, come morning, the light was still quite bright.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 5th Mar 18, 8:02 PM
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    true capricorn is kicking in, the orientation looks wrong and garden looks too small, no wardrobes and why is it lower than the lane? ok a friend of my husband`s and his wife are right behind me, was a work colleague of his. Calm and steady person. Me, well I should have picked that lower level up right away, me the flooding guru when it came to my children and their houses. It will be interesting doing a viewing, my first, will be taking my notebook and compass. I`m on the chamomile tonight
    • zeupater
    • By zeupater 5th Mar 18, 9:40 PM
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    I suspect the electricity will go before the gas does, as we use so much to generate it with. They will want to keep the pipes pressurised at all costs, as it would be a nightmare to bleed millions of systems.

    As you can see, last week and even now the coal generation was flat out at 11GW due to our having shortsightedly shut down so many coal stations.

    http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/
    Originally posted by jk0
    Hi

    If you look at the Gridwatch link you supplied and compare coal to gas over the past couple of weeks there's an unusual anomaly ...

    As you mention, coal generation was unusually high, however as covered by numerous news articles, UK gas supplies were running exceptionally low due to the combination of a number of supply & storage issues ... it's therefore logical to assess that the load on gas was being relieved by coal to allow the gas stocks to be prioritised to heating as opposed to generation ....

    HTH
    Z
    "We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit. " ...... Aristotle
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 5th Mar 18, 10:24 PM
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    What has happened to Ralgex spray?

    I've been everywhere, looking for it.
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 5th Mar 18, 10:52 PM
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    The rain is absolutely lashing it down here.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Mar 18, 6:34 AM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    true capricorn is kicking in, the orientation looks wrong and garden looks too small, no wardrobes and why is it lower than the lane? ok a friend of my husband`s and his wife are right behind me, was a work colleague of his. Calm and steady person. Me, well I should have picked that lower level up right away, me the flooding guru when it came to my children and their houses. It will be interesting doing a viewing, my first, will be taking my notebook and compass. I`m on the chamomile tonight
    Originally posted by kittie
    Fingers crossed for this house Kittie.

    Errrm...the "no wardrobes" bit is puzzling me though - as virtually no house (new or otherwise) is likely to have built-in wardrobes. So I really think you should strike that requirement off your list.

    Be aware of flooding risk obviously - but the thing that strikes me with every single person on here that I know is looking to move is a long list of absolute "musts".

    I can fully sympathise - as the thing is that those of us buying a "subsequent house" (ie not a starter house) will have a long list of requirements and decide that many of them are "musts". This coming from we want to keep all the advantages we have on our current house and get a noticeable number of other advantages as well (ie increase the total list of "pluses").

    Perfectly understandable and I feel the same.

    From my starter house - I wanted to keep:
    - the CONVENIENCE (ie ready access to lots of facilities)

    and I wanted to get:
    - detached
    - a proper garden
    - not living in a very polluted environment (air pollution and electro-pollution and noise pollution)
    - bigger kitchen

    and the only way to get the things I was after was to lose my "convenience", living in a normal road (ie adopted by the Council of course), find that things are sometimes being done in Welsh as well as English (though impact isn't too noticeable - as I'm retired), the area of the country is noticeably poorer than my own, worse weather, etc. Quite a long list of downsides to get rid of the polluted environment and my house not being detached and it was a bit damp too (Victorian terrace).

    Hope you manage to find a "cost-free" change of house - but just to say it's my suspicion that the vast majority of us can't manage to swop house and get the advantages we are after - without also having corresponding disadvantages as the price we've had to pay to do so.

    But I'll keep my fingers crossed you can keep your existing advantages and get some extra advantages too.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 06-03-2018 at 6:38 AM.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Mar 18, 6:47 AM
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    rightmove and all its links, is like a first viewing with benefits. I slept on it and have come to realise that this house is very unlikely to be the one for me but I am looking forward to the viewing. I even managed to find the planning application, original site plans and objection letters. I have always said that the plot is paramount and will stick with that

    My future prepping involves being involved with a garden, big enough to keep me happy, not a postage stamp with a soakaway underneath, thank you planning dept. Looking at new houses online, the big builders, getting to see past the bling, the staging, very difficult. I prefer to see older houses with signs of family. I`ll be back later, to tell you what is what and am very much hoping that I don`t have such a reaction to any other property. It was like a release valve after looking for 6 months, when no properties came online
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 6th Mar 18, 8:30 AM
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    Hit list for houses

    1) must be in a place with public transport
    2) must have a big enough garden
    3) must have access to a local shop, and reasonably close doctors surgery, dentist etc.
    4) must be big enough for our lifestyle
    5) must be out of flood risk areas (specially relevant to our chosen area).
    6) for us the property must sit in the middle of its' plot, we've had noisy neighbours wherever we've lived and we'd like to avoid being too close if we possibly can.
    7) must have adequate off road parking
    8) must have room for a good sized garden shed on the plot if there isn't one there already. (luckily in our accepted offer house there is a shed as big as the one we have here already in situ).
    9) must have a loo on every floor.
    10) must have a room on the ground floor that could be adapted to a bedroom if either of us should ever not be able to manage stairs.

    Big list and it's been difficult to find properties that come up to all of it but we have found several now, all of which have been acceptable as a home to live in but until this latest one we've not been fortunate to find one with the garden plot.

    Kittie, I hope your doubts are unfounded but you are Oh so sensible to have them. It's something that MUST be right isn't it?
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Mar 18, 9:07 AM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    The thing I'm aware of too re house choices is there is an element of trade-offs that can be done (according to one's own personal requirements).

    I want the biggest garden I can get my hands on (an acre would do nicely) and I insist on at least a certain size of garden. Now I wouldnt take a pocket handkerchief garden of the standard garden variety (ie minute patch of grass with a few shrubs/flowers dotted on the edge) BUT I would take a (totally private) courtyard garden subject to the house itself being very convenient for a lot of facilities again. I had a courtyard garden in the last house - but it was hugely lacking in privacy.

    I would take semi-detached (if I absolutely had to) - subject to correct layout of my/neighbours house that our hallways were up against each other and the bedroom I'd use was not "their" side of the house in order to get the convenience/lots of facilities back.

    So the wishlist is most definitely detached (meaning really detached as I call it - not "only just detached" or "link detached") and large garden. But I was checking over a place yesterday on Rightmove that is actually terrace - but it's very upmarket terrace/no work needing doing/my London tastes/a view over water and LOTS of facilities nearby.

    It's the "swings and roundabouts" thing. Now if I could just have a detached house/bit bigger than current one/on nicer outskirts of my Home City/big garden/large kitchen/decent conservatory to start with - but what I have my eye on is very rarely on the market and 4 times the price of my current one.

    Comes to conclusion money is the biggest obstacle most of us have to getting exactly the house we want. Even with enough money for what we want - then it comes down to a limited supply of houses like it and having to play a "waiting game" waiting for one of them to be up for sale (as houses like that don't tend to have a high turnover of owners).
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 6th Mar 18, 11:06 AM
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    The one egg pan - Phase 2.
    As some of you will know, I love my one egg frying pans.
    They're great for cooking eggs to go in a muffin, bap, barm, or whatever they're called where you live.

    They're not so good though, if you want to put the egg between two slices from a loaf.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the square one egg frying pan.
    Last edited by Bedsit Bob; 06-03-2018 at 12:31 PM.
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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 6th Mar 18, 12:37 PM
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    Oh I do like that! I'd get that. One had an omelette in Bruges that made on a square griddle and it was lovely.
    We've had more heavy snow here this morning, from 6 until 11am, covered the road back up again but now turning to rain.
    I phoned the sorting office and they are supposedly sending 2 vans out tomorrow, they must have a pile there as Tues was the last day we got mail. God knows what's happening with the binmen. But still warm cosy and full of food here
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 6th Mar 18, 12:48 PM
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    One had an omelette in Bruges that made on a square griddle and it was lovely.
    Originally posted by mardatha
    I once had an omelette in Bruges.

    FIFTEEN EUROS.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Mar 18, 1:07 PM
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    back after the attempted hard sell, I just smiled politely. Took the compass out and checked orientation. Completely wrong, small back garden, superb build quality. Just told her she would be able to sell it quickly as she had so many interested enquiries this morning . Deal breaker was also the front to back long rickety neighbours fence, now planted with a line of young leylandii tight up to the fence on their side, obviously going to be problematic. I told the builder he did a wonderful job, gave me a big smile. I`ll keep looking

    Came back in spring cleaning mode, started with steam in the shower and drat another two degraded rollers at the bottom of the r hand curved glass door. I already replaced all 4 on the other door, its a potch but an so glad I had bought the rollers, there are hundreds of different ones. Tools away, rm cooling and yet another maintenance job done, now hoping the top ones don`t break
    Last edited by kittie; 06-03-2018 at 1:14 PM.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 6th Mar 18, 1:09 PM
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    I once had an omelette in Bruges.

    FIFTEEN EUROS.
    Originally posted by Bedsit Bob
    Can't remember - but the whole menu was in Flemish and it was the only word I recgonised I don't even like omelettes lol
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