Friday, 10 August 2012

Housework...

There is nothing I want to do less than housework right now even though I am normally a house proud sort of person - as it’s the last thing on my to-do list when I’m working on a new book - but we are putting our cottage on the market very soon. The sales particulars of which will be available online as well as displayed in a glossy brochure and so, over the past week, there has been a steady procession of people scrutinizing the old place.

First there was the Home Report Surveyor perusing (a requirement of selling a property in Scotland) and then the Estate Agent getting the grand tour and taking notes and finally the photographer exploring each room and pointing her lens into every nook and cranny while looking for the right lighting – when there simply wasn’t any to be had.
I’m exhausted. My hands are dry and my nails are ruined from all the cleaning and polishing to bring our humble abode up to the standards of sparkle you might expect to see in the pages of Home & Gardens magazine. Because believe me, if everyone is going to be looking in my boudoir, it’s going to damn well shine like it’s never shone before - even without the right light!



So I apologise for the disruption to my usual wise and witty writerly bloggings and I hope to be back to normal posting next Friday. In the meantime, do remember that if you can’t get to Edinburgh this year for the International Book Festival, you can always attend the Edinburgh Ebook Festival instead – virtually.  It runs from the 11th -  27th August and I’ll be appearing on Tuesday 14th August in the Auld Lums review feature.  I also have my own Festival Author Page if you’d like to check it out.  The whole event promises to be innovative and unique and I’m so thrilled to be in the company of so many of my favourite Scottish writers.

So I hope to see you at the festival - virtually

#edebookfest
 

16 comments:

JO said...

Oh heck, housework - I feel for you. At least the you have the edebookfest to look forward to you - maybe catch up with you there!

Sheryl said...

We're up for sale, too, janice. Friday evenings have now become manic housework evenings, ready for potential perusers (would quite like a buyer, so I don't have keep making like Mary Poppins - practically perfect in every way. Haw, haw!). Good luck, sweetie. :) xx

Kim The Bookworm said...

In one way I'm delighted that I have a very poorly backat the moment. The downside is that I can't actually do anything at all! I can read though so that's an upside. Downside - I have to pay for a cleaner! Upside - she cleans under the sofas! Hope you've been using plenty of hand cream! Love Kim xxx

Old Kitty said...

Good luck with the sale!! Bet your house is now shiny sparkly fragrant lovely! Yay! take care
x

Ink in the Book said...

How exciting. Cleaning. Yeah.

But the ebookfest sounds awesome! Maybe I'll see you there!Best wishes on the sell of your house:)

Diane Fordham said...

Mmmm housework. Don't suppose any good writing ideas popped into your head while you were busy cleaning? Good luck with the sale of your house. I'm sure all will go well :-)

Talli Roland said...

Ugh, housework. I should probably do some sometime!

Enjoy the festival!

Christina Hollis said...

Good luck with the house sale. It'll make all that extra housework worthwhile!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Jo - yes, the Edinburgh Ebook Festival is going to be a great virtual distraction for me - I can't wait to catch up with some of my very favourite Scottish authors!

Sheryl - thanks for your sympathies - goodness knows what it will be like if someone actually wants to view!! :)

Aw, Kim, you poor thing - you have had a bad back for ages. Sending you hugs (gentle ones) and I'm just glad you've got someone to dust your book pile for you, darling. Hope your back gets better very soon. xxx

Janice Horton said...

Thank you Kitty, yes the house is so shiny that I don't know why I want to sell it now!

Ink - thanks - see you at #edebookfest - virtually!

Thanks Diane,- it's time in front of my WIP I need as the ideas in my head are getting all muddled. I really need to tidy my mind - it's such a mess in there!

Talli - nooooo, I would recommend it. Besides, you need to relax and grow junior - that's a much more important job. Arh, I loved your fab blog photo this week btw - and Happy Anniversary!

Hi Christina - yes, thank you. It's just keeping it all that way now - when two of my boys are back home next week. Yikes!

alibacon.com said...

Yikes - selling up is always hard work - and very unsettling. H0pe you have somewhere gorgeous to go next!
AliB

Janice Horton said...

You are right Ali, it's really hard work. Clearing the loft of years and years of stuff was probably the worst job.

No, we don't have anywhere in mind to move to just yet, as we don't know how long it will take to sell. Except we will be staying in the area and downsizing. Our cottage is a bit of a tardis, in that it looks small from the outside but it is deceptively family sized with a large garden. So I'd settle for a smaller version of what we have now!

Janice x

Linn B Halton said...

Hope this week is calmer for you and you are enjoying your sparkling abode! But back to the WIP with your author's hat on ... fingers crossed for a quick sale, someone will fall in love with it as you did! Your future awaits ... how exciting!

Nikki said...

Best of luck with the house sale Janice. x

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

You have my sympathies, I hate having to prepare a house for sale. I do hope it sells quickly.x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janice .. I hate moving house - sprucing it up ... total frustration! I too hope it goes quickly -

I hope Edinburgh was fun and successful ..

Cheers for now - Hilary