Friday, 11 June 2010

The cupboards are bare.

I am a stockpiler - my cupboards are usually well enough stocked to withstand any sudden siege or influx of visitors but not any more. As we were expecting to have to put things in storage I have been carefully using up the storecupboard supplies to make sure that nothing would be wasted. Gradually shelves have emptied and the big freezer has been switched off for a fortnight now.


It does not feel like home any more, missing furniture, no cat (thats the worst bit), boxes and cases everywhere, a garage full of other peoples stuff and now no food. Today was set for exchange of contracts but as with other deadlines seems to be passing by without progress. We are very tense and dreading everything falling through again. We have already had bad news this week when we discovered that "OUR" house in France has been sold. We are desperate to get on with a purchase of our own to avoid the prospect of having to live in our holiday house in the winter months.

It is getting increasingly hard to keep ourselves busy with other things as we can't plan for anything more than a few days in advance. Last week at the last minute we escaped for a couple of days to Yorkshire by the sea and had a great time discovering Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby and Scarborough. That was great - the weather was amazing, we did some long coast walks and we were pleased to have finally explored a lovely area which has been on our "to see" list for a long time.

This week we had hoped everything would be settled but no such luck. The weather has turned cold and damp keeping us in more than is good for us and we are pacing the rooms waiting for phonecalls. We are thinking of going over to France for a few days from tomorrow - at least we would get another car load over. Looks like I will be spending my birthday in the car instead of celebrating the exchange of contracts!

Post script - change of plan when we found out that the reason our "buyers" have not signed is that they haven't actually been given a mortgage. So we have stayed here to await developments over the next few days while we think about putting the house back onto the market.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I hope all goes well for you. When we sold our bungalow in the UK, and downsized to a 2 up 2 down, we were pretty sure all was going ahead with no problem. We bought our house in France, and on return we discovered that the people buying the house, of the people buying ours had fallen out of the story. We were distraught, but thankfully they found a new buyer quite quickly and we were not left with a house in France that we could not pay for. I know just how you feel. Diane

SueC said...

thanks for good wishes Diane - we need all the encouragement we can get