Friday, 3 June 2016

A bloggers holiday

Ella and I are going to have a few weeks break from blogging but fear not we will be returning at the start of July! June is a particularly busy month for the four grown-ups in our house so something had to be sacrificed if the total workload was going to remain manageable.

The theme for this week's blog entry is house-hunting. Now we don't usually buy the local newspaper but by chance somebody had left a copy on a bench in the local shopping centre so I was able to have a free read.

There was the usual mixture of not very exciting local news and sport plus a large pull-out section of houses for sale. Long-time readers might remember that we have been thinking about moving out of the centre of the town to somewhere that is a bit quieter and more pleasant for bringing up the children. We have viewed a handful of houses over the last few years but nothing we looked at seemed much better than where we are now so we haven't made any progress. However there was one house that caught my eye so I phoned up the agent and arranged to go round for a proper viewing. My first thought was that the location wasn't ideal because it was almost too rural - the house is one of a small group of about 8 that are close together but there are no other facilities nearby. No shop, no pub and no public transport.

The house itself is 25 years old but has recently been updated. The family who were living in it have moved to Austria when the husband got a new job so it is currently empty with the owners (presumably?) looking for a quick sale. It has lovely gardens front and back that would be ideal for the little ones to play in both now but also as they grow up. The kitchen is huge, almost too big just for a kitchen but probably just too small to use as a kitchen-diner. Downstairs there is also a small dining room, a large lounge, a medium sized study plus a family bathroom with bath, shower and WC. All the carpets and curtains are included in the price which is a plus.

Upstairs there are three double bedrooms (one en-suite) and a single bedroom. There is another bathroom as well - but this was the only room in the house that needed updating.

If only this house could have been in a better location! The more I thought about it the more I realised that the location was just too big a disadvantage to be counter-balanced by the house itself. So we are back to the start of the process - yet again.

1 comment:

  1. Can I ask for your help please?

    I wonder if you could email/write/telephone your MP (Scotland and England) asking them to support foster carers and have them protected under the "Whistleblowing" Act (Public Interest Disclosure Act) PIDA

    Find your MP details here;

    Sample email/ letter text;

    Dear (MP)

    I am writing to ask if you could support the Early Day motion detailed in the link below and add your signature to the motion to ensure Foster Carers are included and protected by the Whistleblowing (PIDA) Act.

    The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) does not currently cover foster carers; such carers are therefore in a vulnerable position if they choose to speak out about alleged wrongdoing or poor practice; this may act as a disincentive to foster carers exposing wrongdoing or poor practice, thereby potentially putting vulnerable children at continued risk.

    The Whistleblowing Commission chaired by the right hon. Sir Anthony Hooper recommended that the Government uses the powers set out in section 20 of the Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act 2013 to extend PIDA to cover foster carers; and therefore we call on the Government to bring forward proposals to extend the scope of that Act accordingly

    Click here to view details of the Early day motion

    Yours faithfully

    Hope you can help, thanks.

    Please can I also ask if you could copy and share this entire post and share it on your own timeline, asking your family and friends in England and Scotland to copy and share too. That way we can raise enough support to have this motion passed. (Just press and hold the message and select copy to copy the message, go to your own timeline and paste into your timeline)

    REMEMBER to email/write/telephone your MP asking them to vote for the motion.

    Many Thanks