Captains log

There are many differences between living in Lymington and Olde Londone Towne, not least that you don’t have to add an ‘e’ to the end of

Not Antiques Roadshow in Lymington

One of the side effects of having older generation family members such as the MiL pass away is that there tends to be quite a lot of clearing out to be done.

When she was still alive, like many older people, the MiL was convinced that she was storing up untold wealth for her descendants by putting by anything over a few years old. Any number of pre-decimal coins were stashed away in crannies ready for the day when they could be redeemed for a king’s ransom. Regrettably such coinage has pretty much no value. Don’t think we didn’t check.

A number of old books from her childhood were also expected to fetch a decent amount, and may well have done if she hadn’t used them so much when young. It’s a little hard to get a valuation on a book with no spine and little cover left. The only certain thing is that due to them all being from large runs from

DIY and builders

Like a lot of Lymington at the moment, our house has a ‘not yet finished’ look to parts of it. You know what it’s like, watch too many Grand Overdrafts type programmes and you instinctively feel you have to make changes. Of course the changes we are making are very sensible, life-enhancing and add value to our property. Funny how if you keep telling yourself something it turns out to be true in the end. No, really.

So how to get rid of an unused and unusable area which used to be a coal and wood storage area between the house and garage in a way which might even have Kevin McCloud salivating? Obviously the right builder is everything. Get that wrong and you’re staring down the wrong end of a very uncomfortable visit to the bank. So you go with a recommendation from friends and comfort yourself that even though you are going to have to wait six months before anything even starts, it’ll be worth it because no good builder ever says “We can start next week mate”. Continue Reading…