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Monday, December 3rd, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

After one week in Abadair house The Wendy House is temporarily relocating to  one of the 4 top floor flats (US = apartment) in this classy  Reading townhouse.   It’s  an extremely cute  minature penthouse that has furniture to match.     The landlady reliably informs me that all walls and floors are decidedly uneven so I have to take precautions against sea-sickness.   Not to worry about the pigeons living in the wall cavity,   their coo-ing can be quite cute in the morning.   The chap who lives below is called ‘cannabis man’ so I don’t have to worry about disturbing him because he is extremely well chilled.   The people in the flat next door are called the little people,   and indeed they are,   but not pre-adolescent little.   Evidently I can see directly into the flats opposite and below,   more of that fun nightime activity in a later post…


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Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 | tags: , , ,  |

When I arrive I will be  staying in  temporary accomodation,   in Reading.  

Staying in this quaint  bed and breakfast until the home I’ll be renting is available,   after 7 days.   The rented home is also temporary,   until I find a mortgage and a property to hang that mortgage on.   Temporary for months.

Given past trends  in my life the mortgaged property will also be temporary.   Between 3 and 7 years temporary.  

Everything is temporary.   Permanent is probably a statement of the difficulty of predicting an end-date.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 | tags: , , , , , ,  |


Illustrated list of some basic steps to follow when looking for somewhere to rent in Reading

1.)   Use the internet and free classified listings to find property to let in and around Reading getting a feel for prices,   collect letting agent phone numbers,   call the offices,   talk to the agents about your needs and arrange a time to visit them.

2.) wander down to  a letting agent with an impressive, alphabetically arranged collection of family  names.   For example, “Vanderpump & Wellbelove  & Wellesley – Smith & Co (Est. 1929)“.   This is just one of the dozens of letting agents I’ve visited in Reading.

3.) watch while the pink-tied-male letting agents tap-tap-click-click on their computers,   chew their pens, adjust their hairgel  and generally bicker amongst themselves about

– what the property is called.

– how many sets of keys they have.

– how long it takes to get from one property to the next, and

–  what is the best route.

Its actually a fabulously entertaining show.   A show  well worth taking a vacation to see.   Which I did.   Hooray!

4.) go to look at property.   Ensure you have a convenient shop nearby.   My US person training together with my general level of un-adult-hood  left me giggling at the name of this corner-shop.

5.) check-out the local parking possibilities,   one-way systems,  speed bumps, then see if you can find a few nieghobrs to talk to.

6.) ensure there is an excellent pub within walking distance.   To complete this step you have to go into the pub,   order a pint,   drink the pint and interview the bar staff while observing the other clientelle.

7.) take a look at the district details on:

Estate agent:   Are you sure you’re from the US?

Wendy:   lived there for the best part of  the last 8 years

Estate Agent: you don’t sound American

Wendy: I’m not

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