So, as well as sleeping yesterday, we went to look at a really lovely cottage near Clee St Margaret. It is a two bedroom place, with two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom downstairs.
It's in a pretty rural hamlet called Cockshutford, on the edge of Brown Clee Hill. It has just under an acre of ground and would be perfect. Unfortunately, it's just a smidge too far from the rest of our lives to be practical; Leo would have to change nursery, I would have to change midwives and hospitals. It's also over two hours drive to Liverpool and Manchester, so not good for B from a work point of view.
This is despite an incredibly kind offer from someone on the Downsizer website to accommodate him in Manchester on an overnight basis when he needs it, for a minimal fee.
We have another place to look at on Thursday next week; it would be better if we could look at it earlier and I am trying to get the Estate Agent to negotiate with the current tenant, who apparently doesn't want anyone viewing before she has moved out herself.
There is a third place that looks very good on paper; but it is twice the rent of the Thursday-Next-Week place, which is not un-doable. But it would mean that B would have to work an additional two days of every month to fund it. Which seems boring. One of the positives of this whole debacle is that if we are going to have to rearrange our entire lives and live on a budget, we can now have the luxury of organising ourselves so that he spends more time at home. Which is particularly important with the new baby on the way.
Another large tick in the 'Positives In Our Lives' column is that I have sat down today and created an 'Order Book' that tracks work we have booked in. Up until now I have simply kept a record of pencilled dates and confirmed dates in our diary software ('Evolution' at the moment) and have a spreadsheet that roughly translates that in to projections for the next twelve months.
However, this afternoon I've created a spreadsheet that directly translates those bookings and pencils in to income. And things are looking pretty good - we already have half the minimum work we need before Christmas booked in; and this is VERY early in the season for bookings to be coming in. Normally the phone doesn't start to ring until after August Bank Holiday. Clients that we have told about our situation have been making an effort to find us work. I know I shouldn't be consistently surprised by people's kindness. But I am very touched.
Sleep is good. I should do it more often.
Tomorrow; Leo at nursery. Bankcruptcy papers to fill in.