Monday, 17 October 2016

Plan C

Plan A June 2015 - December 2015
Sell the smallholding, buy a small bungalow in town, use the caravan to visit all over the country, decide where to buy, perhaps Wales, and rent out bungalow in town.

Plan B January 2016
After diagnoses of Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, live in small bungalow in town until Colin has recovered then use caravan to travel and decide where to live perhaps Wales. Rent out bungalow in town.

Plan C  Suddenly October 2016
Spot lovely home  for sale in Suffolk countryside, abandon idea of ever living in Wales due to ongoing health problems, the wet weather there and arrival of 2 grandchildren. Make a cash  offer on house - which gets accepted. Put small bungalow on market.
All family cheering that we are not going to Wales.


Yes, after just 7 months in town we are heading back out into 'the sticks'.

We hadn't really planned to move again so quickly but when we spotted a house in Mid Suffolk on t'internet that looked really interesting, we went to look and it was just what we wanted. The sort of place we were looking for in Wales but without the rain and the hills!

So we are going to ignore the fact that Colin might have to have donated stem cells and more months of treatment. We shall ignore the fact that buying the house means we wipe out all savings and we'll have hardly anything to live on until we sell this bungalow and Col gets work pension in March 2017. We will ignore the fact that he may only be in remission for a short while and I could be on my own in the middle of nowhere and we will just go for it.
 When it comes to house buying we've always gone with gut feeling (For instance taking 2 small children to live in a caravan while we restored a very old semi-derelict property in 1983 and moving across Suffolk to the completely run down smallholding in 1992)

The cottage is part very old but part more modern it has 4 bedrooms although the small one will be my craft room/office, plenty of room for the Surrey bit of the family to stay. It has a lovely big living room and conservatory, with a dining room and kitchen. There is already a mini orchard of 1 apple, 1 pear and a plum tree + vegetable beds and a greenhouse. It's down a track off a country lane with just 3 other houses and so very quiet. There is a half acre paddock just crying out to be planted up with trees to make a wood. It's 10-15 minutes from a village we know well with a doctor and small shops. 20 minutes from the Asda on the edge of Ipswich  and slightly less to a Tesco outside of  Stowmarket which is the town that has always felt like our home town. We will be closer to Col's sister, Dad and brother. Closer to my sister and not a lot further from our two Suffolk children. Now that I've done so much driving and gained in confidence it doesn't seem to matter that we may be back and forwards to hospital etc.


It's totally mad but very exciting

Here is a small blurry glimpse


Must say welcome to a whole load of new followers all because of John Gray at Going Gently. He was shamelessly begging for followers to get to 1000 when he will die happy - at least I think that was the promise! so I hopped on his bandwagon and begged to get to 400. Trouble is my blog doesn't quite have the same attractions as John's so I'm not expecting the new followers to actually read my drivel!

Back Soon - probably with more new granddaughter photos which is something that you won't see on John's blog unless he has dark secrets from the past that we don't know about!!

Sue

90 comments:

  1. God bless you both in this great new adventure. It sounds so right for you x x

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  2. It sounds just perfect, Sue, I hope it all goes through for you and you don't have to wait too long before the bungalow sells. I totally agree about going with your gut instinct.

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  3. Fantastic, look forward to your further adventures, I a sure you will both be very happy with the new home wishing you both well :-)

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  4. I am absolutely delighted for you both how exciting.

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  5. What exciting news...hopefully this will be just what the doctor ordered for you both. x

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  6. The start of a wonderful new adventure, congratulations.

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  7. Congratulations, will be a lovely new project for you both. I expect your fingers are itching to get planting again outside . Great room for the families to stay, nearer to Col's family and those grandbabies will love the garden you are going to create for them. No doubt swings etc will be appearing in a bit. Enjoy the talk of plans etc :)

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  8. Looks great, hope all goes well. Got to act when you can otherwise you might never do anything.

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  9. How exciting. It looks and sounds perfect for you. Hooray for a bit of good news X

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  10. So happy that you are happy. Wishing you well for a smooth transition to your new home!

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  11. It sounds great and best of all you are near local amenities like shops.

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  12. I must say Sue that I admire your guts and stamina. I also think it is perhaps the very best tonic you could both have after a few tough months. Do hope all goes smoothly and that Col's health improves.

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  13. What a totally wonderful attitude. I can empathise with just deciding to go for something, even if ...., even if .... etc. Best wishes for your move; the house sounds wonderful and I hope you will both be very happy in a place you know with nearest and dearest not too far from you.x

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  14. Life is for the living - no point in living in case of "what if"...

    Wish you and Col many, many happy years in your new home :D

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  15. I love your beautiful bravery! Go you!

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  16. Oh, many congratulations! I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Sometimes we just have to go with "the gut" rather than behaving like grown-ups and being sensible all the time :)

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  17. I am so happy that the first post that I have read for weeks is so positive and hopeful. I wish you both a smooth transition to your new chapter.

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  18. What a lovely house.
    I hope everything goes well with the move and it's great that you are staying close to family-x-

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  19. Oh ticks all the boxes!
    And encouragement ALL the way for Col!!

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  20. That's very exciting! Perhaps it is better to stay close to family, especially with new little ones. All the best in this new adventure! -Jenn

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  21. I'm so pleased for you both.
    xx

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  22. How exciting for you both! The cottage looks delightful. I wish you both lots of happiness in your new home, and i'm keeping my fingers crossed that the bungalow sells quickly.

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  23. You're a braver woman than me Sue!
    Hope all goes along wonderfully, the bungalow sells really quickly and the move to somewhere quiet and peaceful does Col a world of good! X

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  24. How exciting for you both! The cottage looks delightful. I wish you both lots of happiness in your new home, and i'm keeping my fingers crossed that the bungalow sells quickly.

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  25. 401 followers at this comment! woo hoo

    Fabulous news on the new house. Cant wait to see more!!!

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  26. I'm super pleased for you both. An exciting turn of events, just the thing to lift the spirits. We've had an offer accepted on our 'forever' home, so looks like we will be able to compare notes.
    Jean

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    1. Oh good news that you've found something after all the looking

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  27. Congratulations, loving the 'just go for it' attitude. I know you will make the best of whatever situation presents itself, and you obviously know what you want. Look forward to reading about the next chapter of your life. p.s still waiting for grandchild here - 6 days over and counting!

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    1. I was 10 days late with our first...longest 10 days ever! hope baby appears soon

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  28. Congratulations Sue, I hope everything goes to plan. I'm not really surprised, as I got the impression from reading your posts that you regretted moving from your small holding to a smaller bungalow and 'civilisation' and that you missed the space both inside and outside.

    Best wishes
    Joan (Wales)

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    1. It was ideal at the time......empty, space for caravan etc but was never going to be right long term, especially from where we had been before

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  29. I am so happy for you Sue. I know your mojo has taken a knock with everything you've ha to deal with. But I can feel the positivity in your words and fingers crossed it will be your 'Happy Ever After' home.

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  30. I love your "go for it" attitude. The house looks lovely.

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  31. It really looks lovely. I hope that you sell your current bungalow quickly.

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  32. Congrats on the new house! Hope you sell your current one quickly. What a great change this will be. May you have many new adventures!

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  33. It may be drivel, but it's YOUR drivel. lol. Your new house looks lovely. What a great new challenge! Blessings

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  34. Great news, sounds like a good decision.

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  35. I follow you, just not "officially". I just google quiet life suffolk and up you pop.
    Sounds like a great plan you have there. Can't wait to see more pics of new home.
    MimiG from US

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  36. I love it. Very exciting and all that room.:)

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  37. Oh well done! All the best to Colin and you in this lovely forever house. So looking forward to seeing pics as you are able and love that there is lots of room for everyone. Is it far from Felixstowe and your beach hut?

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    1. 40 minutes instead of 20 minutes but we usually go down there for the day so not too bad

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  38. Sometimes you just *know* when a thing is right. Best wishes for a smooth move back to country air!

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  39. Wonderfully exciting and just what you need - something long term and not health related to make the other stuff easier to deal with. I'm very pleased for you both. Helen xx (not a follower because I don't seem to be able to follow anyone - but a reader every day, so perhaps you can count me towards your total!)

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  40. Great news. Looks a lovely house and a half acre should keep you busy.

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    1. There's an acre all together, including house a drive so room for a goodly amount of veg and raspberries.........oh how I've missed our own raspberries!

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  41. Hooray for the gut feeling. Whatever makes you happy is the best place to be.

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  42. Wow! On the move again! Glutton for punishment!
    Seriously though, I feel really pleased for you. It sounds really nice.
    I don't think I commented on here about the birth of Florence. (I think I did on Col's Facebook page.) Anyway, congratulations to all concerned.
    (I clearly love her name, as a few weeks ago I called my girl kitten Florence! Actually it was my granny's name, and she grew up to marry my grandad, Zenas - and that's what I've called the little boy.)
    Anyway, much happiness to all of you! X

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    1. Col's great grandmother was Florence although A and B didn't know that when they named her. Not looking forward to the paperwork of moving but at least the books are still in boxes.

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  43. It sounds like the absolute perfect move, and you like me are never fazed by seemingly negative aspects of a new adventure. The right place always comes along when you least expect it too, and usually at a very inconvenient time. I hope everything goes well and that your little bungalows ells quickly to give you the funds that you need.

    Brilliant news :-)

    I guess I should jump on the band waggon and beg for some more followers to take away the odd number I have at the moment (789) only 11 more and it would be a nice neat 800. John's a shameless hussy when it comes to his follower numbers ;-)

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    1. You might as well go for the John Grey begging thing - worked for me - now over 400! John is nearer 1000 too.
      We are definitely country people, town feels claustrophobic

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  44. Curses Sue! I can't help. I'm already one of your followers.

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  45. Cool. Hope the bungalow sells quickly. We're hoping to get our old house on the market next week, also hoping for quick sale so we can pay our way a bit easier.

    You and Col are so totally Suffolk, and have a new baby close by, so I'm not totally surprised!

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  46. Such good news for you. Out in the country with some land, which is where you both thrive, but close enough to amenities if and when you need them. Best of both worlds. How soon will the big move take place, will you wait until your present house is sold? The very best wishes to you and Col.

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    1. Hopefully soon. The lady is moving into a newbuild so no chain. We don't have to sell to move (thanks to how much Fareacre went for) but need to sell quick as we'll have nothing to live on. Christmas is on hold!

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  47. YIPPEE! Plan C sounds good to me and I hope everything works out to plan, especially with a quick sale on the bungalow. None of us know what tomorrow may bring, so go for it is my motto.

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    1. I hope you have some luck with your house soon.

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  48. I'm so happy for you both. It sounds perfect. X

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  49. sounds fab. hope all goes well for you. x

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  50. If I have learned nothing else in recent weeks with our own travails I have learned that you have to just go for things and get on with it while you can. So go for it, give it a whirl and be happy while you can!! You don't know what is around the corner, but at least this way you will not regret it and it isn't as if you are spending all the cash on wine or chocolate, you will still have a house and can always sell it for the cash or move in the future again if you want to. Enjoy it, have fun and live life to the fullest that you are able to while you can!! I wish all of the very best to you and loads of fun doing it!! Good on you! xx

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  51. So delighted for you, congratulations.
    I wish you and Col all the very best.
    Hope the bungalow sells quickly for you.
    I do admire your can do positive attitude,its amazing what you achieve.
    You certainly spur me on and give me encouragement reading your blog each day.

    Thank you and good luck with everything.
    Pam in TX

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  52. Congratulations & good luck with the move. Sometimes gut feelings are the only way to go. I'm sure it will work out well.

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  53. How exciting! Life is full of great surprises isn't it? What a fabulous one this is.
    Congratulations,
    Debra

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  54. Congratulations, it looks lovely. I think your heart (and Cols) has always been in a more rural area.

    God bless.

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  55. Congratulations and very happy for you both! It looks lovely.

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  56. Wow good for you !! Very much looking forward to your new adventures with the new home.

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  57. How exciting about your country house! Looks nice and what a good deal! It was meant to be and will pray your in town bungalow sells quickly to help you all out, money wise! Praying for you both in this transition time and especially continued better health for Colin!

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  58. Very exciting news. I hope the bungalow sells quickly for you. A small craft room sounds ideal.
    Lisa x

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  59. Wonderful news. Sounds just right for you both. Here's to better health and good times in your new home. Jan B.

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  60. Exciting news - I presume this means you will have room enough to unpack all those books!

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  61. Terrific news! Sounds like you never really settled in the bungalow. The beach hut is nearish to the new house, I hope? Looking forward to new photos! I read your blog every day!

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  62. So exciting! When the perfect house comes along, sometimes you just have to seize the opportunity by the scruff of the neck. Love the sound of the mini orchard, veg garden and greenhouse, so all good luck with making it yours. Is there any way you could hang on to the Ipswich bungalow and rent it out? And by the way, your comment about John & any dark secrets from the past made me snort with laughter, which rather surprised the other parents sitting next to me while we were watching our children's swimming lessons.

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  63. Wonderful news, and I hope all goes really well for you!
    Margaret P

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  64. Really pleased to hear your news. Hope all goes well : )

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  65. How exciting to be on the move again!!
    Wonder how close you are coming to me in Mid Suffolk???

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    1. Bit further up the 140 then right and into a village that has lots of different bits? Will send address once we get there for the newsletter, we won't be keeping animals but wouldn't mind a couple of hens so will have to stay members!

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  66. So pleased for you both, it sounds right up your street

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  67. Love that conservatory! Sounds like a very good move,for both of you.

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  68. sounds fantastic, and I love your zest for life. Life is an adventure, this is another part of your adventure. It's a loss to the town though ;o) x

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  69. I know I don't comment much, but I am an avid reader. I am so thrilled for you about plan C.

    I'm a great one for having a plan. We're on plan D at the moment but I do have a plan E, just in case!

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  70. Congratulations on the new home! Sometimes our plans don't work out. That's why having A,B,C,D,E, and maybe an F plan something is bound to work for us! Love the sound of an orchard!!!

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  71. Good on you....bet youre glad you didnt unpack everything you moved with

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  72. I may not follow but always check in. I love your everydays. Gentle and steady pace of life. Always upbeat. Excited you will be so close to family. From Farmington NM USA.

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  73. I may not follow but always check in. I love your everydays. Gentle and steady pace of life. Always upbeat. Excited you will be so close to family. From Farmington NM USA.

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