I have just been gazumped, not for the first time I might add! The land that was critical to my purchase of Boniface has been sold, mysteriously a higher bid came in on Thursday which is odd because my valuer who loves Ventnor was on the Island doing my valuation on Thursday, do I see a conspiracy?
I have the estate agents all looking for alternatives for a garage as I type but it doesn’t look good and would not solve the problem of parking. As much as I can persuade myself that parking is not such a big deal I actually think it is and when I mentioned to my mortgage broker who is in Hertfordshire shy sympathised and said that she agrees parking is a nightmare in Ventnor. The more I think the more I realise that its going to be a pain, the second week in January I couldn’t park on saturday lunch or evening, couple of laps to find parking! That’s not a good way to run a business on your own, the simple task of unloading would mean parking on double yellows, unlocking the pub, unloading, locking the pub, hunting for parking, not sure that is something that I can cope with even short-term.
There are options for storage that overcome the bike issue (she is non negotiable obviously!) but I have told all involved that I am taking the weekend to consider my options.
On the other hand, having flicked through the for sale pages I find that a previous target has changed to become a more presentable option, having done some maths it may well form a viable back up plan. The dilemma now revolves around the ‘new start’ routine, those of you that know me know that I really need one and miles will really help that happen but my son is still only a ‘maybe’ on the change and that presents a challenge because I don’t want a fresh start without him. So this weekend will see me, hopefully, having a heart to heart with my son, many heart to hearts with myself and lots of time with a calculator. I won’t be publicising the option of staying in the area too much other than on here because the pub trade suffers more gossip than soap operas but suffice to say that I have gone from a solid decision to a complete bewilderment.
Watch this space, I never said it would be a simple transition but in honesty never thought that it would be this complicated!