You may remember in the early days of the blog, that I commented a lot on how I do not enjoy living in the city. The pollution (noise and fumes), the isolation of living in a flat, the concreteness of it all. On Day 14, I decided to come up with a plan to get out the city, using the planning tool PATH. Sadly, I never got round to doing the plan.
However, a week ago, a 40 ft canal boat popped up on my friends Facebook feed saying it was for sale and I started to explore the options of buying it. It is on the Union Canal in Edinburgh, so I wouldn’t have to move out of Edinburgh, it’s part of a small community of other canal boats in a locked area, it would be living near/on water, it would be living more outside and being part of a community. It would mean massively downsizing, which would be really exciting as I believe we hold onto so many of our possessions for way too long, although, also pretty scary!
I went to see the boat on Sunday and it looks great! So for the last few days I have been doing a crash course in owning canal boats and how to buy them.
The one stumbling block is the £25,000 I need to buy it.
My flat is on a mortgage of just £35,000, my flat is worth £160,000. That’s £125,000 equity in the flat. But the lenders I have spoken to have not agreed to lend me the money. I didn’t know this until yesterday, but you can’t take a traditional home mortgage on a boat as it’s not on a plot of land.
So I am stuck on the way forward.
My dream is in reach, but I need to find £25,000 first!
This evening Honey and I went for a walk up Arthur’s Seat with Hannah. We went to the top.
Pre-Covid, I would go up to the very top of Arthur’s Seat maybe once a year maximum. Maybe even less, maybe once every 18 months. Since lockdown started I’ve been up it more than 5 times – on Saturday (Day 173) I ran to the top of it! The amount of exercise I’ve done since lockdown started is awesome!
Today we have Hannah.
Hannah found her face-mask in her flat, she thinks it got left behind by someone visiting. She’s washed it a few times and now wearing it.
Wow – that’s amazing, that face-masks have become so much in our lives, that they just appear in our homes. It’s like finding a sock down the back of the sofa!
The other day, when I was trying to get a photo for Face-Mask Corner, I said to someone “do you have a face-mask”. Afterwards suddenly realising that was a crazy question as we all have to have face-masks!
Just one sharing in here today.
Robin posted a comment on Facebook on yesterdays blog (Day 176) saying:
“Day 176. It truly is beyond belief!”.
That’s right – in face on Monday, it will be 6 months of writing this blog!
It Made Me Smile
Nothing to be included in this section 🙁
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As I come to the end of today’s blog I am feeling so so tired. I am not sure whether that is because I am no longer on my detox or because of all the learning about canal boats and problem solving on how to buy her.
I think that darker nights certainly has an affect. Last year, I bought a SAD Lamp, to help boost my energy, it worked really well. I think I remember using near the start of darker nights, which helped with my mood and energy. I will have to dig it out again.
Hope you’ve had a good day.