Not quite no knitting but close thereto. I've been doing a few rows on the sock or the stocking stitch part of a shawl every day, but there's no enthusiasm there at all.
Settlement should have taken place on my former home late last Monday afternoon. It's still pending. My solicitor is still convinced it's an error on the part of the purchasers' bank. They were given a notice to complete last Wednesday afternoon with fourteen days to comply. I've heard from several friends who know conveyancers who all say life would be much simpler without banks and the holdup is a common one. It's still horrible.
The purchasers stand to lose a six figure deposit if the default. While my share would pay my bills, I do not look forward to paying them like that.
I remember how stressed we all were over a bank error just over a year ago. I don't want to be profiting from others feeling like that. However, it was an auction, those are the terms of an auction. My share of the penalty interest now being charged to them on the large sum still outstanding is about $130/day. Again, part of the contract, but not pleasant all the same. Still it is mounting up to a washing machine or dishwasher. The worst scene is a second sale, very definitely not wanted. The agent could perhaps inquire of the previous bidders at the auction to see if any were still interested , but I don't want to have to do that at all.
What is worse is that after months of looking while I had no money, I did actually find a place last weekend, the day before settlement was due. It's back in my old stamping ground. I expressed an interest, but have signed nothing and made it plain I could not proceed without the settlement.
Then yesterday I found an even more pleasant place quite close to here. A very pleasant outlook. No really close shops but lots of walks along the river and the bus is no more than a minute away. Despite the nearby transport it's quiet, on a side street with houses on one side only of the street. And it's very, very close to a chocolate place which makes really pleasant chocolate.
I hope this matter will be resolved this week.
So I'm distracting myself if possible and am going out tonight for dinner with a friend who's up from Mallacoota for a few days. It's about a year since I saw her.