In the last two months, three things happened: I finally got the elusive permanent academic contract We saw a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage house in a quaint country village that we both love and want to buy and can afford We spent a couple of days in London, ate delicious Japanese food, and decided … Continue reading My big (40th) bday present to myself — Me
The start of this blog was really about two things: 1. How to climb out of debt and save for a house / downpayment and retirement and 2. How to decide whether we wanted to live in the city or the countryside, and in what city / countryside that might be? While we have had … Continue reading The little house that Jane wanted (Jack is not so sure)
I just spent the last two weeks in what was a relatively intensive work period. I learned a number of things about myself during this period. First, I learned that I am often much harder on myself about things than other people are (although I also learned that you can’t please everyone and sometimes I … Continue reading Financial Independence with an Open Heart?
Yesterday I read this post by the blogger Ms. ZiYou. If you haven’t checked out her site, you should. Her post isn’t about Brexit but it is about inflation. And it made me think that I should write something about how my small family is starting to think about planning for a “No Deal” Brexit scenario. There … Continue reading Inflation, Currency Volatility, and Brexit
Every couple of months, my poor husband comes home and has had it with commuting. And I don’t blame him. The last few weeks has been particularly bad with train disruptions, leaving him standing all the way home without a seat. He has to go back and forth on the metal machine every day, as … Continue reading The housing search in London town
We found our (my?) dreamhouse this weekend. We went to go look at it, decided we could both live in it, figured that it was a good investment, crunched the numbers, and then had to let it go. It would be doable but just too tight. I looked online today and saw it was sold. … Continue reading The (un)successful house bid
So remember when I told you before that we are looking up and down the Greater Anglia line in search of the perfect abode? This morning, we are going to travel to the picturesque town of Dedham in an Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (yes the British do declare parts of the Island particularly outstanding) … Continue reading Upgrading and downsizing at the same time?