We plod on towards our property purchase, ticking off surveys as we go. We are tantalisingly close to exchanging contracts. I dare not hope too much in case if falls at the final hurdle. Nevertheless today I allowed myself to take another step along the road by doing a ‘site visit’ with a tree surgeon.
The land has a number of trees that are closer to the house than we would like. One I learned is a larch and this one is not in a good state. Another is a cedar that blocks a considerable amount of light. A second unidentified tree poses some risks and should come down. Two smaller trees of no ecological value will come out under our ownership. The big tree would cost £370 to deal with. Not too bad.
I would be minded to replace each of these with smaller native species. We have established that none of the trees is in a conservation and none has a TPO on it. I would brief the neighbours as a matter of common courtesy.
The branches would be chipped and removed. The trunks would be cut and made suitable for “our” wood burner. You see how my plans are running away from me.
I am keen to start a documentary blog on the garden and its natural history. I have identified a ‘trail camera’ that I can leave out overnight.
The last two days have been hallmarked by mind-numbingly boring trips to bathroom, kitchen, flooring and tiling shops. Why is that Mrs. Ha only likes the most expensive of everything? We had a 3 hour planning session with the builder even before we exchange! The idea is that we hit the road running at completion.Once (if?) we have exchanged I will start ordering the serious stuff like a new moth trap for surveying.
There has been little time for much else. Mrs. Ha continues to find the transition easy. She loves the big hypermarkets as there is much greater choice than in HK at far lower prices on the whole. The weather seems a non-issue. Lulu is well settled and back on full throttle. I was shell-shocked at paying £3 for my Weekend FT. Otherwise not much has surprised me. It is such a joy not to have to deal with HK traffic.
I am hopelessly behind with my blog and yours. This may continue yet awhile. On Monday I will transfer the deposit monies to the solicitor so we can move immediately once the other side is ready and insurance is in place. It is starting to feel real. I am unhappy to cut down the trees but it really does make sense.