Girl Lacer had yet another birthday party to go to today, this one was fancy dress, ‘Princesses and Pirates’, it was also the first party where I just dropped her off and left, which was probably a good thing, if I’d stayed any longer in the party girl’s gorgeous open plan, modern house I’d have literally been dribbling on the carpet.
So we had a quiet afternoon, as things are always quiet when Girl Lacer isn’t around.
When I went to pick her up again I was a little early so I went for a wander, I love nosing down streets I don’t normally go through and eyeing up the houses (I probably look like a burglar), much as I’d love the particular house I saw today, no way could we afford that for our next move, in reality we are probably looking at another flat, just with an extra bedroom and so (even though we will not be moving for quite some years) I had a little scout around the development behind the party girl’s house, a 60s development of blocks of flats, to distract myself from the gorgeous open plan house (I really am quite a house junkie). When we were house hunting in the area originally we actually saw one of these particular flats the same day we saw the flat (the one we live in) and if we hadn’t gone for our flat we’d have probably have gone for the other. Back then though when flat hunting we didn’t actually check out this particular development that much and although I still prefer the estate where we’re living now, there’s no way we could afford 3 bedrooms here but the other development we could (I’m presuming I’m earning money at that point), so to kill some time I had a wander and actually the development ‘we can afford in the future’ is actually really nice, I am really fussy about buildings, my worse nightmare would be living in some characterless Bovis type estate, I like character and preferably a bit of age but I would consider a well designed 60s flat (the ones I’ve been looking at) or a 30s flat (our current one) just as ‘old’ and characterful as a Victorian detached house. So anyway this development of 60s flats is actually a lot nicer than I thought, it really reminded me of the campus I used to live in as a graduate student and there was a nice feeling of community, I could definitely see us living there, so even though this is some years away (we really need Boy Lacer is school before I go back to work), I’m like a dog with a favourite rag in my mouth, when I see a development I want to live in I will not let go and you know most of the time I usually end up living there. There is one negative though, it’s across the border from us so in a different London borough, so if Boy Lacer ends up needing a statement he would have to have a new one when we moved and I’m not sure why but friends I’ve talked to have indicated that going through the statement process again is a ‘bad thing’, well lets hope (on many levels) he doesn’t need a statement.
See what extortionate house prices do to me, makes me blog about something that is actually years away!