Invaluable life experience – update

Update on the house move – We got our search reports back at 4.45pm Thursday. We carefully checked through the reams of paper to find an incorrect map of our property. The map showed a street ten miles away. We rang to speak to Victoria, the paralegal dealing with our transaction, but by that time the office had closed for the day.

Friday morning we got an email message from Victoria. It transpires that the vendors’ solicitor have  sent the wrong contract and transfer documents to our solicitors. I don’t know why we were surprised! We rang her to explain about the searches. Victoria explained that it appears the searches had been done on the WRONG property due to the vendors’ solicitor submitting the wrong plans to her, not once, but TWICE! 

As Friday is completion day for most people who buy and sell property, solicitors are very busy dealing with these transactions. We knew our problem would not be dealt with until Monday, so speed things up, we took matters into our own hands. We rang the search company directly, to explain the situation and request that the searches should be done again in a hurry, on the correct property this time. She confirmed the request with our solicitor and told us it would take about an hour to complete this work.

When we got a call to say  the searches had been completed and submitted to our solicitor, we rang Victoria to make sure she had them. Our very understanding and kind solicitor offered to work on the report immediately. She also informed us that she was still waiting for the correct contract and transfer documents. This was at 4.30pm, Friday.

We received the report by email at 7.45pm. Victoria is a super star! Our Friday evening was spent reading through legal jargon and checking every detail!

We should have moved YESTERDAY, 21st November, but it looks like it will take another week or two now. What a palaver. I couldn’t have written this into a novel, it’s too unbelievable!


Invaluable life experience inspires the next book.

I’m taking a break from writing while I relocate. I’m selling my present home and moving to a new home a few miles away. Anyone who has experienced this will know that moving home is a very stressful procedure!

I wish I had the skills and knowledge to do the work I am paying others to do for me. I can’t believe the cheek of these people who will be receiving a hefty chunk of my hard-earned cash to pay them for their incompetence. I feel out of control and being unable to have any say in the process is frustrating.

To start with, the vendors’ solicitor submitted the wrong plans TWICE, and my solicitors failed to chase the documents in a timely fashion. Then my purchases were very slow in organising their mortgage after informing us at the beginning of this process that they didn’t NEED a mortgage!

After suffering delays on both sides of the chain the vendors are now pressuring for dates, and the removal company just cancelled my reservation!

I’m tearing my hair out, but one great thing to come out of the process is the experience I can draw on when composing my next story. I won’t write about a house move, that would be too boring, but a series of events that cause frustration could make a good theme.

I am too busy packing to concentrate on the next book just now, but next month, when all this is behind me and I’m sitting pretty in my new home, well, watch this space.

Lost in the Memories, Available NOW!



I’m in the middle of moving house and while I was clearing out the attic I came across a file of handwritten papers that, many years ago, I asked my parents and grandparents to write for me. I planned to write a romance book set in the Second World War. I read the notes, wrote a manuscript and put the notes away.

I tried to get my novel published through conventional routes, but although a few publishers were interested, none wanted to take it further. I suffered repeated rejections, and there is only so much rejection a person can take. I put the manuscript away. Later, I self-published this on Amazon and ‘The Scent of Bluebells’ became my personal best seller. I followed this with ‘A Snowdrop’s Promise’, and that novel is doing well too.

My box of files grew over the years as I inherited photographs and memorabilia from my beloved family as they each passed away. I filed these away with the notes they had written, feeling sad as each of them passed from my life, but hoping that one day, I would use the file again to bring their experiences to life.

When moving house, there is a lot of time to kill. Waiting for solicitors and estate agents to do what they do is frustrating and I find it an agonisingly slow process. So to keep myself occupied, I began another story, using the notes I had found in my attic. Surprisingly, this novel almost didn’t need me to write it. I sat at my computer each day, filled with inspiration and energy. The words filled each page and the story came alive, seemingly, without much effort on my part.

The novel uses lots of facts from my grandparents experiences of the time, but the bones of the story is pure fiction. I loved creating this book as I felt the presence of my grandparents and my mother all the time I was writing. I felt I was spending precious time in their company while reading their memories.

I hope you will enjoy the product of my imagination. ‘Lost in the Memories’ is now available as a kindle eBook in all Amazon Stores. This will soon be available as a paperback from Create Space.

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