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Old 14th January 2018, 14:36   #1
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........................................... 2018 is looking up for me. Yesterday I completed the first stage of selling my flat in Barkingside. A very nice, and knowledgeable, young lady took me through all the do's & don'ts about selling and buying. Especially as I've never done anything like this before, lived in the flat all my life, I was even born here.

Mum moved in 1940 with my Big Brother and her sister, Dad was away fighting those pesky foreigners. The property was built in 1937, so we was the second owners. Dad came home unscathed from the fight, although he had landed on the beaches with the 11th Armoured Brigade. They went into Germany via Belgium.

When Dad came home, Mum's sister moved out. In 1949 my Big Brother asked Mum & Dad if he could have a bike for his birthday and Xmas present. But I turned up instead.
My Big Brother left to do his National Service, loved it so much he signed up for another 9 years, not sure what the RAF were letting themselves in for. He met his first wife whilst serving in one of those far away distant places, Chippenham in Wiltshire.
Dad bought the flat in 1969 for £752.8s.10d. No mortgage, just a bank loan through the Westminster bank, before they became the NatWest.

We lost Dad in 1982, and I stayed at home to look after Mum whose health was not too good. And still holding down a full time job. Met my Val who moved in. Mum had to explain to the home help why all these dresses suddenly appeared in my room over one weekend. Mum passed away in 1991.

Val and I decided to move in 1999 but Val fell and broke her hip, first day of a new job as well. So we put the move on hold. Soon it was 2003 and again we put the flat up For Sale but fate stepped in again when Val had a slight stroke. Again on hold.
Then came her car crash in 2007 followed by all the other events that finally saw her in hospital, The Royal London, after one fall too many in 2009. Then she moved into a nursing home the same year.

I was determined that one day she would be home, to a new home, as I had decided to sell and buy a ground floor flat. But fate just does not play fair, and again on hold. December 2010 saw Val take the hands of the Angels.
I tried twice more, 2013 & 2015, to sell up but I pulled the plug twice. Too many memories kept getting in the way.

But now with the loss of my brother, in November 2017, there is nothing to hold me back. Plus my outside stairs are a nightmare. I have slipped going down and fell up once. What really hurt, I was sober each time it happened. On one occasion I spent nearly 2 hours laying at the bottom of the stairs in the rain, before I was discovered by a neighbour.

So now, no going back. Decision is final. Nice little bungalow in Cornwall has my name on it. And a garage for Banana, or even a bigger one and I can get the Bear and Redfive in as well, with a bit of parking outside for one or two others. Well I will need a run around, last run around I bought was the V8.

I've started clearing the loft. Be a few bits coming up For Sale on here and on the bay.
I'll keep you all informed of my progress, and I'll still be attending the occasional meet. Only been to two so far this year. The mini tours will be on hold for awhile, although.....................................!!!!! !
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Old 14th January 2018, 14:47   #2
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It all sounds exciting Bob, have fun with the search for the right place and yes, you'll need a garage or two I reckon for your fleet. What part of Cornwall are you looking at?
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It all sounds exciting Bob, have fun with the search for the right place and yes, you'll need a garage or two I reckon for your fleet. What part of Cornwall are you looking at?
Anywhere really. Not too close to the beach, not too far from a pub.
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Old 14th January 2018, 14:56   #4
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If you come north then Bob,after moving, you will need to find a member to stay with on the way up.
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I'll bring the Bear and sleep in the back on a petrol station forecourt.
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Congratulations Bob, I can see Banana being a permanent ray of sunshine in Cornwall.
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Nice one Bob and good luck with move. Be great to have a garage to keep my V8 in

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