After all of shenanigans of a week trying to escape to the Wiltshire countryside (Escape to the Country), it has been fascinating how it has stimulated so many conversations about what the future holds.
Gazumping and Gazundering
If we could pick the absolutely worst time in the last five or six years to dip our toe into the property market it would be now. The beat the stamp duty rush, the get to the country dash and an over 10% hike in prices make it not the ideal time but life isn’t like that. For us if the time feels right, and it is beginning to, we adopt our usual blind optimism that it will all come good.
For both practical and sanity reasons, this massive change to our lifestyle needs to be done in a measured way. In other ways, Jonno style. There are spreadsheets evolving as I type. The ETTC team quite astutely got the measure of our different personalities and opinions on things. What they didn’t seem to “get” is that these differences compliment each other and somehow we end up working out what suits us both. To be fair, I don’t know how we get to a decision sometimes but we do.
Rustbucket or Jalopie
As much as we love a train or bus ride, house hunting by public transport is totally unachievable. Then there will the necessity to buy essentials to set up home. That shopping list will be rather long but in this throw away world and being a lover of upcycling and charity shops, we will start there. It could be quite a quirky eclectic mix.
So the first of our small steps is to look out for a little car. It will be so strange to have our own wheels after just using the occasional hire car.
Mothballing the Backpacks
Will we be hanging up the backpacks I hear you ask? The answer is a resounding no! However long the house hunting and purchasing takes, depending on how the budget looks, we will plan a trip. We have cancelled so much over the last 18 months it will great to get back exploring again. So a little coat hook for the backpacks is a must allowing us to grab them and go if we get cabin fever.
End or Beginning?
Far from feeling that this is the end of something, we are seeing it as a new beginning. One of the ironic things is that with orders to “Stay Home” for a good proportion of the last 12 months, it is only now, when we have more freedom that we decided to get a home to “stay” in. The options seem endless, location? house? lodge? apartment? but wherever and whatever it is it will be our treasured home. Having not had one and any possessions for such a long time, we will certainly appreciate every piece of brick and mortar and knife and fork.
One of the most important things for us both is that our home will be about the moments we will be able to share within it with family and friends. Home comforts are great but, for us, it is more about have a place to “be” rather than having material things.
So if you are ever passing by – you will get a warm welcome you will possibly have to bring your own chair!!
Research or a Walk?
So with a few decisions made it would be tempting to spend hours trawling websites but we are a bit more old school, or should I say slow school. With the fantastic weather and footpaths still to explore, this definitely won’t be all consuming. Sitting with the laptop or wandering through a wheat field. No competition.