The house search ~ update #1

We have now been in Wales for two months. We still haven’t viewed a single house. Why?, you ask. Well, I think it is well known that the market sort of die around Christmas times and slowly picks up again towards Easter. There is not much on the market at the moment, there are two houses in the village that I like but are a bit more than I would like to pay for them – one of them has been on the market since May which I think, after our previous experience, means that they are not willing to accept lower offers. They haven’t dropped the price either. I still think we should go and view them at some point.

In the neighbouring villages, there are only new builds, some of them with crazy prices, as in, I might as well have stayed in Berkshire if I wanted to pay or even had 3/4 of a million pounds for a 4 bed. And I am seriously unwilling to pay £375k for a Barratt David Wilson home, I mean, that is what we used to live in and the quality leaves a lot to be desired, if I am honest.

So this is where we stand at the moment. I wish our landlords would decide to sell their house, I would be so grateful not to have to move again!

Pausing for a moment…

I have tons of stuff to write. Really, there is so much inside my head, bursting to come out, that sometimes I wonder if I should just write a book (no, I shouldn’t is the answer). However, I really really need to get some proper paid work at the moment, so I really really need to work on my professional website and try to get my name out there, instead of focusing my time on a blog very few people read. 🙁

Now, I know blogging is a proper job for so many people, and I am not dismissing the power it has, but I am not a natural self promoter and I need to focus on one thing at a time. I am still going to try and publish a couple of times a week to keep it going and, hopefully, in a few weeks’ time, I will be ready to get this blog going in full swing again. 🙂

Please don’t go away my two readers <3

Things I will miss from Berkshire ~ Tastes Deli

Yesterday I started a new series of monthly posts and mentioned I wanted a few regular features. Today I start a new one: Things I will miss from Berkshire. This one is a bit different, first because I don’t know how often it’s going to happen – I suppose as and when I miss them? – and second because I think I will eventually run out of things to wrote about. But, as much as we were looking forward to escaping from Berks, there is a part of me that will miss these little things that I won’t be able to find here.

I will start this one with a lovely little shop in the middle of Eton High Street. Once upon a time, L was a baby and I used to take her to swimming lesson at Eton College swimming pool. I then found out that this lovely little shop, called Tastes Deli, sold a mix for this very Brazilian thing called pão de queijo. So I started going there occasionally for my PDQ fix.

This was before I could drive and then Waitrose started selling the mix and started buying with my shop. Until one day, Waitrose stopped selling it. *Shock horror* So I went back to Tastes and, when I couldn’t find it on the shelves, I asked the lady at the counter if they stopped selling it. She said they did, but that if I bought the whole box (of 24!) she could order one for me. I said yes please and she ordered it. When I managed to go through 24 boxes of pão de queijo (it took a while!), I went to back to Karen and asked if she could order me another one – she then told me she was selling them again as other customers had also asked after them, so now I could buy my usual 2-3 boxes *hurrah!*.

This taught me a very important lesson: you, as a customer, are more important to the small retailer than to the big one and, if they can, they will go out of their way to help you. If you stop buying a packet of biscuits from Waitrose, Asda or whichever supermarket you normally shop at, it won’t make much difference to them, but if you start buying your biscuit from a small shop near you, it could make a big difference to them.

I have remained a loyal customer until we ran away moved and have already placed my first order online, but I will miss actually going into the shop and having a nice talk with Karen.

(When I was placing my order, I thought I would put a little note to say we had moved and we would miss her but then thought it was a bit silly as she might not connect the name with me and would be left wondering who the hell that was. I needn’t had worried: I got a message back shortly after asking “you moved!?!” – so I was left a little bit weepy to know that people care and feeling a bit like a twat for not telling her in first place.)

Anyway, I am rambling a bit now – but I am going to miss Tastes and Karen and will surely visit every time we go back to see our friends. And if you are in Berkshire, go and visit her and her wonderful shop full of wonderful and delicious things (and if you are not, go and visit the online shop!)

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