A good weekend. Saturday Jacqueline's sister Lorraine came over, complete with new man, and everyone met up at the park in Fordingbridge for a picnic. Weather very pleasant, and spent a lot of time wading in the river! We ended up buying far too much food, so supper Saturday and breakfast Sunday involved scoffing the remnants.
Yesterday, drove over to the Chichester area. We've talked tentatively of
moving, and I thought it might be quite a good area to move to. Ideally, a
village location not far from the sea. Of course, it was beautiful weather so
the roads were thick with traffic headed for the beaches, however once we got
off the beaten track onto some unclassified roads we soon found some nice
villages. But I don't think we'll find anywhere right by the sea. Wherever we
went by the sea, there were lots of houses, and to be honest I'd happily live as
far away from other people as possible - we visited a "village" called East
Wittering (right on the shore) and this "village" was several times bigger than
Downton. That having been said, Jacqueline would be happy to be within a couple
of miles of the sea, so we may find something a little inland. Had both lunch
and supper out yesterday, so we treated ourselves a little.
I looked at the train times today and the travel time from that part of the
world into London is roughly the same as currently. One of the things that
Jacqueline would like is for me to be at home more, but I don't seriously think
that's going to happen if we end up anywhere by the sea. Havant is probably best
at 1h10 (and into Waterloo to boot), Brighton is the same kind of time, although
into Victoria (not as good). Anything in between the two just increases from
that. Plus, I'd like this to be a "strategic" move, i.e. we buy a house that
should do us for twenty years or so, so it'd involve quite a hefty mortgage to
do all of this.
Possibility of some new business - am meeting potential clients on Wednesday
- but its not a business area I'm used to, and already they've made noises about
the rate I'd require. As always, I remain cautious but open.
You never know, I
may be able to offer exactly what they're looking for and it might be the start
of a wonderful relationship! Well, it might!