It's been a slog but, well.... we think we've found the right place to buy.
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Looking for somewhere to buy is hard work in London. You need a lot of cash for starters. And then you need to find somewhere you like. But at the minute, you're lucky if you can find anything at all.
Next to the computer is the 'no pile' - a pile of paper giving details of a pile of properties. Each has the estate agents description of the place, photograph and dimensions. Stapled to that are some scrawled notes listing my views and opinions of the place. But have we been looking in the wrong place for a place to buy? Or have we been looking in the right place and we're about to get distracted looking in the wrong one? And does this make any sense?
Routemasters. I've also always felt some excitment about travelling on them. Jumping on the platform... Those curved stairs. That wonderful design. Those cramped piddly seats... The fact you can't get a wheelchair on...
I've kind of resisted writing about buying a house, partially because it's depressing, and partially because the cost of housing is all anyone talks about in London. If talking about the weather is the national obsession, talking about property prices is the London one.
it's been about a fortnight since we last went to our local - the Red Lion in Ealing - and in our absence, it's won another award!
A post-work drinking session in Notting Hill revealed some interesting pubs amidst the expensive houses and Hugh Grant lookalikes.
Anyone in London can't have missed Oystercards - the new smart card travel ticket from Transport for London. But how do you use them on London's open-backed Routemaster buses?
Through the gates in a flash? Get real! But Oystercards are much better when you have an arm full of shopping!
Last week was hardly my idea of a relaxing week of work I must confess. Instead of sitting down and relaxing, we spent most of our week walking down road after road in an attempt to find a area where we could buy a house.