The best laid plans….

“The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry”

Robert Burns, 1785

With apologies to my Scottish friends for the Anglicised version.

With half the house packed away and the renovations all but completed, we put our little home on the market last week and awaited the outcome of the survey on the new house, which was due to be carried out tomorrow.  We had a provisional completion date for the end of October and hands at the ready to move all our stuff.

Last night we found out that there was to be a change in the husband’s contract which meant that it would have been foolish, if not illegal, to continue with the purchase of the new place.

So this morning we applied the brakes.  The mortgage application has been paused.  The estate agents advised to put the property back on the market, and our current house taken off sale.

I’ll admit that last night I was furious and heartbroken in equal measure.  But now…I’m sanguine.

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. In this case it will probably result in the husband leaving London sooner than planned, which is just the very best thing that can happen.

Whilst it means we lose another house, it also means that there is surely something more wonderful just around the corner.

So…I’m not sad any more. Just very excited about whatever is coming next.

And I get to enjoy our newly refurbed home and, hopefully, get back to some creativity.


14 Responses to The best laid plans….

  1. K-Line says:

    OMG – way to totally mess with your mind Evie!!? I am so seriously impressed that you haven’t just started drinking and bought a one-way ticket to Tahiti. I can only imagine how I might feel under those circumstances. What I can say is that you have an excellent current home which you’ve improved tremendously and why shouldn’t you enjoy that, right? And, really, when the universe puts on the brakes, listen – I say. I never take that advice when I’m giving it to myself but maybe if you hear it from a friend it’ll make a difference 🙂

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      There was definitely a bottle of wine involved last night. Had I know Tahiti was an option I’d have packed a bag! I absolutely agree about listening to the universe. Things go badly wrong when you don’t! And honestly, today I’m in a really good place and looking forward to whatever it is that life has planned for us.

  2. Marianne says:

    Bummer! That’s not how you planned it! I do admire how you’re looking at the new situation in the ‘half full glass’ way. Enjoy your improved home and bring out your best patterns and fabrics for comfort sewing!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Comfort sewing and knitting is definitely the order of the day. Although we are all good. I do realise that I have much to be grateful for, so I’m being very grateful.

  3. Oh that is disappointing but I am with you. While we are on Scotish sayings we have a great one “what’s for you won’t go by you” so I am also sure that the Universe has fabulous things in store. Sending you all best wishes. Xx

  4. Vicki Kate says:

    That sucks (about the house) but is also great (Hubby leaving London)! Big hugs, xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      We can’t wait to have him back. Hopefully before Christmas. It would be the most perfect gift! Thanks for the hugs 😀 xx

  5. Well Pooh and hurrah and the same time! Disappointing I know, but like you, I believe these things happen for a reason and something even more wonderful was waiting for this to happen so that it can be ready for you when you are ready for it. Keep smiling (and knitting and sewing) xx

  6. On a positive note…a newly refurbished home is better than a new home where you need to start renovations all over again…however I must admit as I read the news on the house I got very annoyed things didn’t turn out as expected. That said, I am also very cautious with contracts and mortgages…so I can only second your wise decision. I hope your husband is able to get closer to home very soon. Fingers crossed!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Even the mortgage broker agrees our decision was wise! We are hopeful that hubby will be home within a few weeks. It will be wonderful. He’s been working in London for over a year now and none of us have enjoyed it!

  7. Jane G says:

    Can only second what every one has said. Lovely you’ve got such a positive outlook on things, having hubby back home will be the best thing

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      It’s such a First World problem that it would be very churlish of us not to be positive, no?! We have lots of job balls in the air at the moment…just need one to drop. Fingers crossed!

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