If anyone has read the about me section they will know that I picked up the Great Simpleton tag when I took a job with a client because they were NYSE listed and I had taken a senior position in a controversial subsidiary. Whilst I didn’t expect to say anything untoward I felt that if I did and it was taken out of context it could have had some serious consequences both for the company and for me contractually. Prior to taking the tag I had always used my real name when commenting on blogs and the BBC Radio 5 discussion boards where I was a frequent contributor. Its now a year since I left that job and whilst the subsidiary is still controversial it is no longer listed on NYSE (Sarbanes Oxley sorted that one out).
Furthermore, we completed a house purchase in Dorset in late June and will be moving there in a couple of weeks, once some work has been completed. We had always intended to retire there and having been made redundant and taking a year off it seemed a good time to start looking. The wind of fate blew kind and we found the ideal place within 3 months and on our second visit.
I say the wind of fate because we were looking for something very specific and expected it to take a couple of years. Instead we were passing through on our way to a friends birthday party in Devon and dropped in to a small town outside the area we were looking but knew it did carry some properties in the area of interest. I went off in one direction to register with estate agents whilst The Great Wiseone went off in the other. When I eventually found her she was in rapt conversation with a young estate agent. It turned out that when she explained what we were looking for the young lad said we had described his dad’s house and furthermore he had just put it on the market. Incredibly it turned out to be in the village where we had stayed on our last unsuccessful house hunting visit and right in the middle of the area of greatest interest.
After a couple of phone calls he arranged with his sister and the office with which the property was registered for us to view the next morning. A quick change of accommodation found us back in the pub 75 yards from the property. We viewed it on Friday morning and knew straight away it was exactly what we wanted, made an offer Saturday afternoon and the offer was accepted on the Monday morning. There have been a few extensions which required a footpath to be moved so the purchase was a bit slow and took 3 months.
To add to our luck even further when we got round to putting our house on the market after Exchange we had 10 days of glorious weather. Three families were very interested and one has now managed to sell their own house and get a mortgage offer. So it looks like we won’t be the proud owners of two houses for too long.
When the stars line up like that you just know that the right decisions have been made.
I’ve no idea what I will do with myself work wise when we have moved but I’ll worry about that in the winter. I can’t quite retire and live the lifestyle I want, golf, sailing, photography and the occasional holiday are quite expensive, so I will be looking for some work or perhaps to buy or set up a small business. What I do know is that I won’t be going back to the corporate tread mill and will have more control of my own time, like I did before taking my last job. In the meantime The Great Wiseone now has proper studio in the garden and can concentrate on her career.
So with all that going on it seems an appropriate time to lay the Great Simpleton to rest. I will continues to read blogs and comment, but using my real name of Simon or probably SimonF if there are too many Simons. I also intend to start blogging again once settled in, probably in autumn and have picked a name and started preparations. It already looks like the Big Society is going to provide lots of frustrations and contradictions and the socialists haven’t gone away.
I will report the new blog here, but until then may the bars are always open to you, as we said in the army.