The moral of the story

‘”I can’t tell you just now what the moral of that is, but I shall remember it in a bit.” “Perhaps it hasn’t one,” Alice ventured to remark. “Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” And she squeezed herself up closer to Alice’s side as she spoke. Alice did not much like her keeping so close: first, because the Duchess was very ugly; and secondly, because she was exactly the right height to rest her chin on Alice’s shoulder, and it was an uncomfortably sharp chin.’

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

liliesNothing ventured, nothing gained. Apparently.

No 1. –   We ventured to put our flat on the market. What have we gained? Just 4 viewings in 7 weeks and two drops in price. No-body wants our gorgeous little flat in Fulham!

No 2. –  I applied to 4 universities to study in September. What have I gained? I have 2 unconditional offers and 2 “Your application is with the relevant department for consideration.”

We’re frustrated about No 1. because we’ve already found a house we really like, but until we can sell our flat we are stuck. Since we are company directors, banks want to look at our company accounts when quoting for mortgages. Because our company made a loss in 2020-Brexit-and-pandemic-year, they will not consider giving

Some of the stated ‘problems’ with are flat were: “exactly what we are looking for, but too close to Fulham Football club”, “lovely, but terrace walls too high”, “ticks all the boxes, but not amazing” and “wish there was a second bathroom”.

Meanwhile, we’ve restyled extensively, painted the front door, freshened up the kitchen with a green glass splash back and adorned the flat with lilies. 

The vultures (other estate agents) have started circling, all eager to jump on board if our current sole agent cannot come up with the goods. 

Regarding No 2. I’m super duper paratrooper excited!

And terrified. 

My last degree, which was a part time Masters, attending night classes while I worked full time, REALLY stretched me. When I finished that in 2005, I felt I’d pushed my intellectual abilities to the limit. And yet, here I am, with an older brain on me, becoming a student again. EISH!

What’s the moral of the story? I don’t know. 

Know anyone looking for a gorgeous 2 bedroom, “1 bathroom” flat in Fulham with a lovely PRIVATE terrace and close to the football club which regularly wins the ‘Most Well Behaved Fans’ award?


P.s. Venture out my friends. Some things work. Some things don’t. Some things take time.
P.p.s. Meanwhile, we are grateful to be living in a ‘show flat’ which is incredibly neat and organised!
P.p.p.s. Neat and organised makes me happy.
P.p.p.p.s. In other news, I won’t tell you my age, but I’m old enough to have had my first COVID vaccine last Thursday (Astra Zeneca). I ‘suffered’ mild symptoms with achey muscles and a headache, but slept it off and have been fine ever since.

2 thoughts on “The moral of the story

  1. The flat is looking lovely! Hope the right buyer comes along soon!
    Good luck with the studies lying ahead!


    1. Ta very much! It’s just a weird market right now. People want more outdoor space and an additional bathroom so that they are not all on top of one another in lockdown. Beginning to wonder if next year may be a better time to sell. Only thing is that we need to come to terms with the probability that we will lose the house we want. Anyhoo! Life goes on.


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