Wednesday, 28 May 2008









I’ve been a bit of a nervous wreck these last few days, and slightly distracted. It’s been a time of sleepless nights and silly punctuation mistakes.

And now? Well, I’m so excited I can hardly type. In fact -- my hands are shaking! Today, my solicitor confirmed that we have exchange of contracts on the sale of my haunted house and the purchase of what will be my apartment in the sky!!

Because this is the third time, in the last nine months, that I’ve tried to move, I decided to tell very few people about it. (I had begun to wonder if the ghosts were not allowing me to move.) But, in a surprise turn of events, the people who wanted to buy my house earlier this year, then pulled out just before we were due to exchange contracts, realised that global financial Armageddon was not as imminent as they thought. And several weeks later, decided they still wanted to buy this house.

The apartment in the sky was still on the market (phew!), so we started the process, again. But I was cautious. I’d been so disappointed when it all fell through that, until we exchanged contracts, I couldn’t allow myself to believe it was happening. The downside of this is that I’ve made little to no preparations for the move.

But it is happening! And I’m moving on Wednesday the fourth of June!!! :)

10 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

Congrats, Hope the apartment works out well.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Ooh, congratulations. Hope it all goes smoothly.

Josephine Damian said...

Mary, did you know that moving rates third behind death of a loved one and divorce as a major life stressor?

Glad to hear things all worked out, but a haunted house could well provide you with some grist for mill?

I'll be moving myself next year - so I like hearing these moving success stories!

Mary said...

Travis & Cate - thank you! I’m running around like a headless chicken: a speedy mix of panic and excitement.

Josie - I’ll probably miss the ghosts (with the exception of the note-stealing poltergeist). I wasn’t inspired to write ghost stories until living in this house.

Looking forward to hearing about your move in 2009!

John said...

Great news! Hope all goes well.

Mary said...

Thanks, John! Current status: complete chaos. New motto: We’ll get there in the end! :)

ORION said...

Congratulations!!! your move is on the same day the Orange Prize in announced! I will be crossing my fingers for a smooth move...

Mary said...

Pat - thank you! And my fingers will be crossed for you… Go, Lottery!!!

Conduit said...

Congratulations, particularly in these harsh times. :)

Mary said...

Conduit - thanks! I feel incredibly lucky. :)