** Update 19 December:
I am submitting this to the style is ethical outfit competition, since I have no recent outfits, being on maternity leave and all. This one ticks loads of boxes though: the tunic is fairtrade and upcycled out of an old sari; the bag is fairtrade and the leather is tanned using natural methods; the coat (which I’m holding and you can see in all it’s glory here) is handmade and uses an upcycled sheet from the charity shop as lining; the leggings are from gumtree; and the vintage scarf is swapped.)
These pictures were taken in the Grange, a posh part of town, where we went to view a flat. I’ve been holding off on talking about our property adventures, because it’s all rather depressing and still totally up in the air. But it doesn’t look like it will be resolved imminently, and I’m 38 weeks today, so I could go into labour at any point and disappear off the face of the earth, so I might as well. This is our first time buying and selling at the same time, the property market is terrible, and it’s all very stressful.
Our flat went on the market at the end of August. Initially, everything went wonderfully. We had an offer after three weeks, while we were on holiday in New York. We then saw a flat we liked and once the person had started entering missives (the legal paperwork after which usually people don’t pull out), we started negotiating on that. But then we never got very far because our buyer pulled out, for no good reason whatsoever. I don’t even want to get into it because I am still annoyed at this person. Anyway, so they pulled out so we had too.
We do now have an offer from people that seem very keen, so fingers crossed it will all go smoothly. Unlike the first buyers, they do need a mortgage, so it’ll be a few weeks yet before we have concluded. We weren’t too worried about the other flat because it’s been on the market since July 2011 and hadn’t sold, but sod’s law they now have another offer. We are still waiting to hear from them if they have accepted this other offer, or if they will go to a closing date and we both put in sealed bids. But given those are essentially the only two options, it’s a bit unclear what is taking them so long to say (4 days and counting) what’s what. Previously they were fast in responding.
So it’s not looking good and we have started viewing places again. This is not looking good either though, it’s all the stuff that’s been on since September and they’re all closing as well, so we’re watching them disappear while the stupid people of the one we really want twiddle their thumbs. So we are getting ready to find somewhere to rent from January. I was really hoping to avoid having to move twice with a baby, but at least we’ve sold, so assuming new things appear in the spring we’ll be in a good position to offer on things. It’s still all rather depressing though, and pregnancy hormones don’t help me see the bright side!
Anyway, this flat we viewed on Sunday was a total wreck. The area is great, all huge villas like the one in the picture (that’s a neighbouring house) some chopped into flats. This one was way more work than we could ever do though: All the decor in the one we were viewing was 60s/70s and not in a good way and everything needed to be replaced. There was no question of living in it while it was being done up. Even if we could have afforded to do it, probably not the best idea while on maternity leave!
* tunic made out of old sari – people tree * leggings – gumtree * snow boots – merrell (my new ones) * bag – scaramanga, present * scaf – swap *