Day 171

We had an interesting day in the shop.

When I arrived a young woman pulled up next to me and said hello. This is unusual. All was explained when she said she was there to do the survey, though I had been expecting her at 11.00 rather than just before 9.00.

It turns out that the oner had mis-read the letter. There was an energy efficiency survey at 9.00 and an agents survey at 11.00. Both featured young women who measured us up using laser measures. I just looked them up, they are only about £20. If I ever want to measure a shop I now know how to do it. I expect you get what you pay for.

Strangely, none of them wanted to know about the damaged front door (the owner still hasn’t fixed up the front door properly despite it being several years since the burglary) or the damp coming from next door. Like all property owners he wants maximum rent and minimum effort. And like all letting agents the second agent wants most commission for least work.

It feels like I’m a massive sea creature, attacked by sharks on one side and having my life’s blood sucked by parasites on the other. And I’m not even the owner!

In the afternoon we had an interesting man with a small accumulation of coins. He walked out with £700 and a smile on his face. He has just sold his house and bought a river cruiser with the full radio set-up for going to sea. He is planning on living on the boat with his wife  (with outgoings considerably cheaper than current rates and stuff) and cruising the rivers when he feels like a holiday. Seems like a good plan. I’ve been looking at boats tonight. Another dream . . .

. . . chugging along a river with wildlife and fishing and riverside pubs. I could mount an exercise bike on it and pretend I was pedalling along the river.

Dabchick, or Little Grebe

19 thoughts on “Day 171

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Chugging along a river with wildlife and fishing and riverside pubs sounds like a nice life. An old friend visiting England said she traveled on canal boats that way one summer (minus the fishing). Sounded like a nice vacation.

  2. paolsoren

    Water Rat said to the Mole: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

      1. jodierichelle

        My husband and I both put the kids before jobs whenever we could. We wouldn’t have been able to do it differently. Of course, we’ll both be working until we die, but it’s worth it.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        Yes, I’m already looking into my options for working in retirement. For one thing, I need the structure, and for another, I prefer having money to sitting round a candle wearing fingerless mittens and sharing a can of beans. 🙂

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