Snow this morning

Woke on Monday 12th February to a light covering of snow and a fence panel on the ground. That’s the task for today then, it shouldn’t take to long.

snowGot wrapped up and walked round to the neighbours to put the fence panel back up.


A fresh, cold but sunny morning, I quickly got the panel back in position and made the panel secure using cable ties, dashed back indoors to get warmed up.


Landlord Insurance Quotes for your home

Here’s a tip for you if you are considering renting your home out to tenants. When you call the landlord insurance companies for a building and contents insurance quote for your home they will ask ” do you know what the rebuild costs are for you house?” this is not the same as the market value of your house.

You can find out your rebuilding costs based on your postcode and type of property at the RICS website here. This is a free service, however you will also need the square footage of your property, excluding your garden or outside area.

You can calculate it yourself or take it from your EPC (energy performance certificate) as I did.


Our quote was £183 per annum for £147,000 rebuild costs.


Drink Up!

17 days before we leave our house and our tenants move in.

We have to empty all our food cupboards and eat all the food in the freezer over the next two weeks, we can’t take it with us.  We are not buying anything else to go in the freezer so we are cooking & eating strange food combinations, but we don’t want to waste anything. It also means that we have to drink the remaining assortment of alcohol, we are not complaining though!

Last night we drank the vodka, tonic with ice in gin glasses!


Cheap vodka but expensive tonic!

What should we do with all that flour and sugar, bake cakes Cathy suggested, so under Cathy’s direction I made these fairy cakes with currants. Not bad!


Use the flour and sugar up!

They taste pretty good too.


There’s how much to shred?

Friday 2nd Feb 2018

After a hospital appointment for Cathy this morning we decided to set to on the destruction of confidential documents, where does all this paper come from?

It has taken us hours and it’s still not finished, the shredder keeps overheating as well, we will have another go at it tomorrow.



How much more is there to do?

It didn’t take long before we became fed up after a few hours of this.


Packing Systems

Wednesday 30th January 2018 – 2 days

We need a system, as we are renting our property as furnished we have to consider everything we own, all of our clothes and possessions and what we should do them as we go through every cupboard in the house;

  • does it go in to the motorhome?
  • does it go in the packing boxes? (to be stored at our daughters house)
  • does it go in to our suitcases, in case we come back after 3 months and we want other clothes to wear for occasions like weddings, christenings, parties, etc (suitcases stored at our daughters also)
  • does it go to charity
  • or does it stay for the tenants?

This is not as easy as it sounds, we are trying to be ruthless, I think Cathy is better at clearing out than I am, it took us a few days.



A couple of boxes done after just 3 hours. Lots more to follow!