Sunday, 18 July 2021

Tumbling Toms and An Update

 This morning is promising to turn into another hot and beautiful day for sunlovers with 31 degrees forecast.  It will be a bit too hot for me so I'll be either sitting in the shade or inside the house with the fan on!

The update is about our potential move.  We sold our house within a week to first time buyers and have found a bungalow we like in a lovely quiet setting with no upward chain. Simple ....or so we thought 🤔 6 weeks later our buyers are struggling to get their mortgage sorted and we are in danger of losing the bungalow. I'm wondering whether to put ours back on the market quickly. What do you think?

Our Tumbling Tom tomatoes look lovely....




But they are dry and tasteless, despite regular watering and feeding....


Any suggestions what I can do with them? Is it worth roasting  them do you think? There are loads more on the plants and I'm loathe to waste them.  Suggestions welcome please!

On the allotment we have been harvesting:

Potatoes (Colleen)

Broad beans (horrible blackfly but tasty beans)

Peas

Runner beans (our first 6 beans 😋)

Cabbage

Radishes

Spring onions

Lettuce

And we swapped potatoes for some delicious raspberries with our allotment neighbour, who is a lovely chap.

Its going to be hard work watering in this hot weather but we love sharing our produce with our daughter, my brother and several lovely neighbours who we are seeing a little more of with the imminent easing of restrictions.  From tomorrow masks and social distancing will not be required but we will not be ditching ours anytime soon.  Will you?

We've both done our lateral flow tests this morning (negative) and our daughter and the family are doing theirs too so we are going over there this afternoon for a barbie 😀 

Enjoy your day wherever in the world you happen to be. Stay well x


18 comments:

  1. Hi Angie, we were in the same boat with our buyers and I was stressed to the extent of not sleeping, night after night. We were just giving up on our buyers but our legal team said just hang in there one more week and lo and behold our buyers got their mortgage with a different BS and 3 weeks later we moved to this bungalow in Wales and we're loving it here And I am sleeping 8 hours a night!

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    1. Thank you, Chris, that is so comforting to know. Moving is so stressful isn't it. I'm so glad to hear your move was a success and you're getting your sleep!

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  2. The heat is a bit extreme for me too today Angie, so I am spending some time inside until later this evening.
    I think I would want to make it clear to your buyers that there is a limit to the time you will wait for them to get their mortgage sorted, but that it is not an open ended time. If they don't come up with the goods you can remarket as you gave fair warning. Hope it goes ok though as it would be a shame to miss out on the bungalow.
    Enjoy the BBQ later with the family.

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    1. Thank you, Beverley, its always good to get another perspective on this sort of thing.
      BTW the BBQ was lovely 😍

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  3. I would chop your tomatoes and pop in freezer, you can add them to winter soups and dishes made in slow cooker. Too hot for us. I hate wearing my mask in hot weather, but I won't be leaving it off any time soon.

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  4. Here in Canada, people get pre-approved for mortgages before even looking for a house to buy. It gives you an idea of what you can afford to look at. It's rare for people to go into a house purchase and then attempt to arrange financing.

    When our son's bought their homes, they were pre-approved and the deal went through in less than a day subject to house in question passing a home inspection.

    Offers that need financing approved are avoided by most sellers.

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    1. Golly, how differently things are done in Canada. Everything here regarding house purchases take an absolute age to sort out.

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  5. My DIL's dad bought a house to do up and sell. After doing it up for a year it went up for sale and got bought quick. However there was a chain of 5 and somewhere it broke down - after keeping him waiting for about 7 months! Anyway, this week he put it back up for sale, sold it in 24hrs, for 10k more than the last sale.

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    1. That's a great outcome! You can never tell how things will go...frustrating.

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  6. Hi Angie, I suppose you can't wait around for ever for the other couple, if it went quick before I am sure it would again.
    Shame about the tomatoes, I hope ours will be ok, they are still green. xx

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    1. Thanks, Marlene, good luck with your tomatoes, this hot weather should ripen them now !

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  7. I've been reading your blog for a while but just got my own account, finally. We just went through something similar in March, but it came together at the last minute and we were able to sell and move to our daughter, son-in-law, and new grandbaby. I think selling is like an estimate for a renovation--tack on at least 20% to whatever they tell you it will take. I have my fingers crossed for you. And roasting tomatoes will always get a "yes" from me!

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    1. Thank you, Caryn, I'm sure you are right. Oh and welcome to blogland 🙂 x

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  8. Cook the tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and some basil, they will make the great basis for a sauce with pasta at a later stage if you freeze them. The taste of summer during those winter months.

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  9. I would keep the house on the market, and hopefully have a few back up offers. (preferably a cash buyer.) The main thing is to not end up with two properties. Hope it all works out and that you get the bungalow.

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  10. I thought estate agents were duty bound to make sure prospective buyers had a mortgage offer in place before viewings. I would bout it back on the market.

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