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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Twice the life ......

...for half the price. While I was chatting on the phone to another friend last week,  she said she was binge watching 'Twice the life for half the price' a channel 5 program. She was saying she'd often thought she should have had the courage to move somewhere more remote when she had a young family, in particular Wales.  For those of you who haven't seen it, its about people who up root themselves from busy towns or cities and move to the country or seaside etc.  I did watch the series over a few evenings but  was left a little confused by their mathematics regarding the 'half the price' bit, as many of the participants were either no better off or marginally better off moneywise then before. However, the biggest change was by far,  lifestyle and space. 

Strangely enough I had a conversation with hubby about the housing market shortly after I sold my rental house. He felt I'd been extremely lucky to have completed on the house when I did, as the newspapers were already full of doom and gloom regarding mortgages  and recession. But I actually believed and still do, that COVID 19 would push people to change their lives, take chances on things they'd dreamt of doing for a long time and put off. Well just 2 weeks later I was sort of proved right. Apparently Rightmove have reported a huge increase of people  seeking properties in the country or seaside. 

So Sue in Wales, I don't think you are going to have any problems selling your small holding in Wales when the viewing ban is lifted. I know Estate Agents are doing online viewings but no one is going to buy just from  a virtual viewing.....are they? Once actual viewings start I think the market will fly. 

I'd love to hear from you if the pandemic has made you think about doing something you've put off over the years? Big or small it doesn't matter. 
Mine is nothing major (unless I win the cottage competition) I want to start sewing again, proper sewing like making clothes or learning to quilt.  I find it quite calming and have enjoyed making the laundry bags for the NHS. I just need to sort the tension on the donated machine, if I can't I'll buy a new one. I've sent for some material just a few cheap bits to practice with as its been a long time since I've made clothes. I also want to learn to knit socks and master  crochet. I'd love to make more personal presents for friends and family. Bye for now. Tx



21 comments:

  1. I watched one of those programmes. Kate Humble annoys me so can't watch any more!

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    1. I just thought it didnt add up. And when she said why isn't everyone going it....because they can't afford to!!

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  2. I think it's great that those people are questioning the rat race and "is this for me"? I love where I live but in truth my home is too big for just me and I honestly think I would be capable of jacking it all in and living in a Tiny House. But at the moment I feel very safe with my neighbours and I just love the view from my house. A plus is that my son and his wife would like to buy this place. Oh my goodness, don't get me thinking about it.

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    1. I hope what ever you wish for comes to fruition in the future. I love where you live, it's absolutely stunning. A good neighbourhood is important.

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  3. I love getting presents from friends and family that they have made for me. It doesn't matter if it is made from scraps that they had in the house, it is the fact that they spent the time on something for me. I love making things for other people too and often think about them during the making. Far nicer than something bought in a shop!

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    1. I agree but I would like to master something and get it right. I made a knitted tea cosy for a friend she loved it but it took me ages.

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  4. There was lots in that programme that did not really add up to a country life. It got a bit annoying. But we have been thinking about our rural life not because of the programme but because its not rained since lockdown started. We are spending 2 hours a day trying to keep veg and newly planted trees alive. we are seriously thinking of downsizing.

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    1. It can be a chore keeping everything going, watered, protected etc. 2018 started like this too. The farmers have been out with the water cannons on fields around here. The ground is full of cracks.

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  5. I did watch the series but agree with you it didn't add up. Only one couple ended up mortgage free and Kate Humble really irritates me but I did like the scenery. I want to do more sewing too. I used to make the children's clothes years ago. I really want to quilt.

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    1. The program certainly wasn't what I thought it would be. Oh, we sound very similar, I used to make the children's clothes too and my own.

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  6. That's good news for Sue, isn't it? I've never watched that programme and, from the comments, I think it might annoy the socks off me so I don't think I'll worry. I'll stick to things like Homes Under The Hammer' and the like.
    xx

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    1. Love Homes under the Hammer and Four in a bed, easy watching.

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  7. I haven’t seen that programme, so I might catch one or two of them. The pandemic has definitely made me think I will only buy local if I can. I’ve always bought some local food, however I’m thinking that birthday and Christmas present-wise, I’m going to do my best to give locally made presents, or at the very least British. It will mean friends and relatives will get smaller presents, as British/local made things are more pricey, but so be it. I’d like to say I’d make presents too, but think time might not always be on my side.

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    1. I agree with you whole heartedly. I will use a local cafe in the distant future rather than a chain. It's the little people that need us right now.

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  8. We have our fingers crossed that our house/smallholding will sell. The only thing that might hold us back slightly is our price point as obviously we are selling an all-singing, all-dancing holding that has been set up ready to go and has already had money poured into it. So we do need to find someone with a pot of money big enough from the sale of their city house.

    Someone just like the folk on the programme then :-)

    I did watch it and like you struggled with the maths of it all. When I move it will be to a house with a garden just big enough for herbs and veggies and a couple of fruit trees ... or I could just stay in the Van, that's if I can figure out a way of living somewhere else for three months of the year when the park is closed.

    Sue in Wales :-)

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  9. I'm sure you'll sell when it goes up for sale, you've done the hard work. I'm sorting my much smaller garden at the moment, trying to cram in some growing areas. I'm sure you'll make the right decision when it happens. Tx

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  10. I haven't seen that programme. We've often visited a place, countryside or seaside, and thought wouldn't it be nice to move here, but for so many people it's a case of work which holds them back. I've noticed quite a few new houses pop up for sale around here, it looks like the housing market is starting up again.

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  11. I know there may be a problem with first time buyers end because lenders want bigger deposits but I still think the pandemic has made people think....its now or never.

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  12. Hi Frugal, I know what you mean. Trauma has a way of making you reexamine your life and the choices that you've made. It makes you ponder what really makes you happy. I agree that people may move from the cities out into the country or closer to nature. That has its own challenges, too. I love my mountain cabin, but the loose dogs there have been extremely upsetting. Each place has positives and negatives.

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    1. Very true. Your cabin and surrounding area does look lovely.

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