Do you remember the TV program where various TV stars read stories out loud with lots of great sound effects and various voices. I loved this program as a child. Well I want to tell you a story.
My phoned pinged into life Wednesday teatime last week, as I looked at the screen of my mobile I quickly realised it was my solicitor. The email asked me to confirm if I was in agreement to get the completion of the house sale by Friday. Yikes less then 48 hours away! I quickly replied yes I could complete everything I needed to, so it was down to her now.
I went to bed feeling nonplussed, after all I'd been in this position before and it all ended in nothing.
The next morning my mobile rang I didn't recognise the number but with lots of people working from home I thought I would answer. It was the next door neighbour to my empty rental property. 'I don't want to worry you but you have someone living in your garden in a tent. I've climbed over the fence this morning, dismantled the tent and thrown it behind your shed. I suggest you call the police as who ever they are, appear to be coming late at night and leaving early in the morning.'
I thanked him and said we'd be over later. I quickly explained to hubby what was happening before ringing 101 the non emergency police line for advice. The police handler said it's a civil matter, not a police matter, I'd have to deal with it myself.
Later that afternoon we packed the car with quilts, pillows, a flask and some snacks to stake out the property overnight and catch the vagrant living in my garden.
As we drove to the property my phone pinged into life again. An email from my solicitor confirmed the funds were in place and the house would complete tomorrow! Just my bloody luck the sale is on and I've got some low life living in my garden.
As we pulled into the drive my heart was racing, hubby said 'leave everything in the car. You unlock and I'll go straight through to the garden.' As I unlocked the front door hubby pushed past heading straight for the kitchen and patio doors. Just as he stepped outside a head popped over the fence. 'I chucked the tent behind your shed'. Said my neighbour. I could hear the him telling hubby about another neighbours CCTV that captured my drive way and could possibly show the comings and goings of said vagrant.
I had in the meantime picked up the post from the hall floor and was sorting through the various letters and junk mail. Most were actually for the new owners from their mortgage suppliers etc. But there was one odd one there.
As I opened the letter and read it a huge smile appeared on my face and I actually started to giggle. I walked to the patio doors and garden where the neighbour was still waffling on about the person living in my garden.
He spotted me giggling and stopped what he was doing. Hubby looked at me too. 'I think I can shed some light on the whole thing.' I said holding up the letter. 'This is from the neighbour at the end of the drive. She's asked for her tent back that has blown into the garden overnight'. Hubby laughed, the neighbour on the other hand got embarrassed and said ' But it hasn't been windy!.....Well at least you get to sleep in your own bed tonight.' I confirmed the sale was going ahead and thanked him for his help.
While hubby collected fish and chips, I gave the grass a quick cut and took the necessary meter readings. We ate our meal in the garden and drank a good luck toast of cola before saying goodbye to a house I've owned for almost 10 years. It was bought as my pension pot, using the £50k my father left me. I used it as the deposit on the new build after he died in 2010. I had to pay the £79k mortgage off in 6 years due to the limited time on the mortgage deal due to my age. Obviously working full time and getting a rental income helped but it was hard at times and of course the taxman needed paying too.
So yes it's been a relief in more ways than one to get rid of the house. Its served me well and I've been lucky with my tenants and rising house prices.
Now I have a healthy bank balance and can't leave the house!!
YOU HAVE TO LAUGH DON'T YOU!
Bye for now. Tx