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Friday, July 15, 2011


I have exchanged contracts.  The constellation of bank, solicitor, vendor, vendor's solicitor all aligned and we finally have a commitment to buy the little old lady's house by the sea.  Excellent.

We'll be in England for a couple of weeks in August, so we'll complete then.  So excited.

And maybe a bit scared.  This is my first grown up, proper house.  With a garden and everything.  And it will be lovely, I know.

But first we have to get the builders in.  New central heating system, new bathrooms, an extension.  Lots of ripping out and knocking down.  But still, a house by the sea....

So, would you like a peek?  I need to do a whole lot of before and after shots (and posts...) but for now, I thought the kitchen best sums up the order of things....

Watch this space.  By the end of the year, it will be shiny and new.  Something to celebrate.

(And besides, I thought you'd like to see my 4 July photos, even if they're a bit late...)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.



  1. Yippee, hurrah, yay. So pleased for you, you see everything turned out well in the end didn't it?! And it looks like you have a blank canvas to work with so I'll be looking forward to seeing how you get on with your new abode .. by the sea !!!!!

    Kate x

  2. Oh that's great news, congratulations! I remember all too well the feeling of relief when you exchange, then complete. I have a flat by the sea and mine was hideous when I bought it - imagine a living room with dark orange walls, burgundy picture rail, dark green carpet and pink chipboard over the hole where the fireplace had been ripped out!

  3. Hurray indeed!! Congratulations, really pleased for you.

    Liking the kitchen, proper old ladiefied indeed!

  4. Congratulations!!! I'm really looking forward to seeing your little house in a future edition of Country Living!!! xxx

  5. Well done! What a relief for you.
    Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  6. So pleased for you that its all coming together successfully - how excited you must be!
    It will be wonderful to be by the sea!
    Great 4 July photos too
    Gill xx


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