Monday, December 10, 2012

Nasty surprises

Thanks to everyone who left their ideas on living with snakes. I am feeling a little more zen about it now - and fairly confident the system we've chosen (fencing and a terrier alarm system) is the best one for us. But, as with everything, we will see when we get there. 

We moved out of our house in Brisbane yesterday. The removalists arrived, took one look at all our furniture and announced they'd have to do two trips to get it all out to the Lockyer Valley and into storage for a week, where it's now sitting and waiting for us.

Meanwhile, we are staying with long suffering friends for four nights. They have the most beautiful garden, chock full of veggies and chooks and productivity.


In what must be some of the world's worst timing, Lucinda has fallen ill with a nasty stomach virus. I'll spare you the grizzly details - let's just say I've been giving the washing machine quite a work-out. 

As I was just getting to the bottom of this post, about to say we're looking forward to getting the keys on Friday, my phone just rang. 

It was our solicitor -saying the owners of the post office have advised they won't be ready to settle on the 13th as planned. They have asked for a five-day extension to the settlement date. 

We're getting more information on the situation this afternoon, but who knows where we'll go for another week if we can't sort this out today. Or where the two loads of furniture waiting to be delivered Friday will end up. 

Deep breaths.

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  1. Oh geez, those darn people! I hope it sorts itself out quickly Edwina. Not fun. Either is Lucinda's illness. I hope that improves quickly too :)

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    1. Looks like it might be the bank at fault actually. The owners are being pretty good at this point! Touch wood.

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  2. What - the vendor's want an extension? It's not like they need to sort out finance, etc. Can't you just say no? If they want an extension, I would be asking for $$ to pay for a hotel for the next 5 days. Get well soon L. xx

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    1. We're not sure exactly what's going on or why they need the extension yet. Whether or not we say no depends on that. It looks like it's some problem with them buying their other place and they're trying to delay both their settlements. Not our problem and we're certainly not going to wear a delay that will cost us thousands because they didn't get their paperwork done on time!

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  3. Oh No! I agree with Caroline - you poor things hope you get some good news soon xxx

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  4. We had a similar situation with the settlement date for the purchace of our first home, our solicitor stuffed up the dates leaving us "homeless" (but it was only for one night) fortunately the house we were buying had a granny flat, and the old owners were kind enough to let us store our stuff in it, but it ment double handling everything! Could you store your stuff in a garage or something? PS I also like Caroline's suggestion!

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  5. I don't know why it should be, but so often these things don't go smoothly and it can really take the shine off buying and/or selling. I feel for you and your little family.
    Chin up, it will soon be over and you will move in and you will turn the post office into a lovely and loving home. xx

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  6. What a total pain! You are so so close to being in there, hopefully you can just glide over this hump. mel x

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  7. Good luck - hope it all sorts out soon. Hope Lucinda is ok too! cheers Wendy

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  8. How exciting! You have such a lot of new experiences and friends and skills ahead of you.
    You could always charge them rent to stay in your house! Nice to find you via MMMC.

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  9. argh, it does seem to happen so often that settlements don't go smoothly, hope you can work something out. Forgot to say on the snake post, we always where jeans, leather boots, long shirts and leather gloves when working outside. I know you can't dress your daughter up like that, but just a reminder for the adults, even though it feels totally wrong on a hot day...

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  10. Oh, it is so frustrating to deal with these last minute hiccups. But hopefully it's like the theatre - the worse the dress rehearsal, the better the performance?

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  11. Oh, Edwina, how frustrating, especially so close to Christmas. Check with your solicitor, because I was of the understanding that if there is a delay in settlement, the vendors are responsible for your alternative accommodation costs until the new settlement date (at least that's what we were told when we - as vendors - queried delaying settlement some years ago).

    I hope Lucinda is on the mend. That bug is raging at the moment, in the past week it has struck down so many children in this region (border of NSW/Victoria), also my little grandson who lives in central west NSW. Lets hope its moved off shore by Christmas .. in a child'd mind there's not much worse than being sick when Santa comes!

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  12. today is the 13th! good news i hope? we are all hoping for you.
    on a silly note, love the chook pic.

    again, hope you have good news today XXX

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