14/02/2018

BARGAIN COTTAGE



BARGAIN  COTTAGE

We were on a winter break when we saw the cottage, picturesque beneath its blanket of snow, and at that price we snapped it up.

When we returned in the spring the cracks were showing, literally, and the architect recommended a complete rebuild.
Bravely we declared living in a caravan made us feel young again, though to be honest, cold showers on arthritis did the opposite. But we’d found a good builder and work progressed well – until they demolished that wall.

They’d uncovered the real skeleton in the cupboard – no wonder the cottage had been so cheap.

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This week's photo, taken by Dale Rogerson, immediately brought to mind my daughter and her husband, who are renovating a cottage in Northern Ireland. They haven't found a skeleton - yet. This is their cottage, photographed last week, and they're very comfortable in their caravan - or so they claim!

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35 comments:

  1. Brilliant! What an excellent twist, Lizy.

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  2. OO-er! Fab! (I can comment on this computer, hooray!)

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    1. Glad you liked it - or is that 'Fab' just because you can comment ? :)

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  3. I like that you took a real life situation and used it in fiction.
    I'd like to know whose skeleton was in the cupboard, though.

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  4. Still worth it for the bargain price though, unless there's a curse on the house along with the skeleton!

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    1. One wonders how the vendor came by the cottage.

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  5. Oooh! Never mind the freezing temperature, Liz; that gave me shivers up the spine!

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    1. Quite possibly Mandy's cottage is haunted too - they are in the grounds of a ruined castle, after all!

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  6. I really enjoyed your response to the prompt. Wonder whose skeleton they found?

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    1. Thanks James. Bet they're wondering too.

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  7. Dear Liz,

    Now that's what I call finding a skeleton in the closet. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. They're probably worrying how much it will hold up the work

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  8. Yikes, imagine finding a real skeleton! But did they continue to renovate despite everything? Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Of CNN purse they did! Gave it a decent buried and carried on!

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  9. Everything is so much prettier under a blanket of snow... buyer beware!
    Can you see my review on Amazon.ca or do I have to copy and paste it to Amazon.uk? I will, if necessary ;-)

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    1. It Would be great if you could copy and paste your super review onto the UK site. Amazon are silly not to combine them! And thanks X

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    2. Sorry, Liz. Will do. Amazon is really stupid when it comes to not joining their sites.
      And I apologise for not responding sooner. For some strange reason, I do not receive your responses to my comments. So, as you've probably noticed by now, I've gone back to check them out!

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  10. So, they got a bargain because of a skeleton. Sounds good to me - just don't mention it to anybody!

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    1. Or make it a dinner party conversation piece?

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  11. Not the kind of feature you'd want to include in the sales literature, I guess.

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    1. Especially if you were responsible for the skeleton.

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  12. This was excellent. Didn't expect a real skeleton.

    Best of luck to your daughter!

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  13. a skeleton in the cupboard? it looks more like a skeleton in the closet (pun intended). :)

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    1. You'll have to explain that, plaridel, I don't get the joke!

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  14. That will mean a long stay in the caravan...

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    1. Unless they just bury it quietly and keep shtum!

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  15. Well they did strip it down to bare bones. Caravanning in winter must be so much fun...not..

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    1. Haha! My daughter's caravan has a chalet they built round it, doubling the size, plus a woodburning stove - they're very cosy!

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  16. Good one. Sense of something off the whole way through, but still a surprising twist at the end.

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  17. Ahhh to be young and adventurous!

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    1. If I was twenty years younger...

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