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Day 1: It's smaller than we remembered. The damp in the back is worse. The DIY which felt so solid on viewings, is less so. The garden is wonderful, perfectly sized, and smells deliciously of roses. I still really like the office.

Day 2: It's larger than we remember it being yesterday. C. broke the towel rail, which is good to know early, for the sooner we know what needs doing, the better. Most of the DIY really isn't so bad. The garden is wonderful. We measure out prospective furniture in string and masking tape on the floor, and it feels a little more ours.

My reflexes are slow: We'd driven out to Enfield to buy the right ladder, and I was standing by the right ladder with a larger cart, waiting for C. to return with help for lifting it down from a higher shelf. B&Q was rather empty. A couple came along, looking quickly at ladders. They saw the right ladder and lifted it down, read it briefly, and walked off. I gaped. Did that really just happen? But surely it was a pile of two of the right ladders. But no, the ladder behind is a wrong ladder. And there's no more in stock. We drove to Enfield and I watched other people take away the right ladder.


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Jun. 13th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
It's the shock of such a big move! It'll wear off soon. :)
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
That's a good excuse. Soon I'll have reflexes again?
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
We drove to Enfield and I watched other people take away the right ladder.
Oh no! A few years ago I went, with childeric, to see the Tallis Scholars at the Albert Hall (as part of that year's Proms series). During the interval I dashed off to buy a programme, and joined part of a somewhat amorphous queue. Two of us got to the front at the same time, and I politely deferred to the other guy, who said thanks and proceeded to buy what turned out to be the last remaining programme.

I'm glad you're pleased with the house and garden, anyway.
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, there are more of the right ladders (apparently) in Greenwich, which is rather more convenient than Enfield. This is the problem with searching for the nearest store with stock when one has more than one address to think about. (The decadence of temporarily having TWO places in London!)

Were the other programme vendors out too, or were they overly be-queued still?
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
No, alas, all the vendors were at the same desk, and they had one lot of programmes.

However, I'd left my video recorder and tuner set up at home to tape the live broadcast from Radio 3, so I have a recording of the whole concert.
Jun. 14th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I've seen that happen with bins at homebase.. it would have been funnier if it was me but conversation these two couples had based on one couple seeing and one couple taking the last green bin was quite amusing......
do't know the result as I walked away but I did not hear the police or anything so it must have been resolved amicably :)

Congrats on house. Hope your ventures out are more successful. Take rope to tie stuff to you while you wait in future perhaps ;)
Jun. 14th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We went to the Greenwich B&Q, and they had scads of the right ladder. In fact, it was one of those exciting shopping trips where, after leaving, we failed to think of anything we should have bought and didn't. Unlike most of our recent shopping trips.
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
We want pictures!

I'm glad the garden is lovely - one of the things I'm mourning the most about our old flat is not having all of my beloved plants here with me! That said, my parents have enormous back and front gardens, so I spent hours yesterday weeding, which is satisfying.

*hugs* Hoping there are no further nasty surprises in store (and we just replaced OUR towel rail yesterday, as my dad is redoing our downstairs bathroom! We are DIY soulmates!).
Jun. 15th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I've just salvaged 2 gig of disk space, so there's room to upload photos again! I can now oblige!

Today's excitement: buying bedroom furniture, for delivery later this week. (Even more exciting, actually, was the Islington Canal Tunnel tour, but that's not really house-related.)

Glad you have weeds to make you happy!
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