If I had a house

Thank all the gods I don’t ! Stringer and I only ever had two: the first was the house he built for us from the ground up to the roof of the second storey on Dangar Island in the mighty Hawkesbury River, on the northernmost fringe of the Sydney suburban area. The second was the semi-detached we bought in Sydney’s Inner West, a suburb called Annandale, after we sold the Island house. He made astonishingly wonderful changes to that one, putting in a cellar office underneath and a stairway up to the loungeroom, as well as building a new bathroom and loo, that enabled us to sell it when the bottom fell out of the corporate video market.


My favourite blogger and her husband are in the throes of selling theirs so as to move to the kind of area they now seek; and all the usual crap is coming down about their ears. This includes real estate agents telling them what their house “has to” look like – pulling out the lovely poppies that grow along its little frontage, e.g., and adding pretend things to the interior for photographic porpoises.

Here’s one !

They are now contemplating parting from large amounts of moolah in order to make their house match what the RE agents reckon it should look like. Personally, I believe RE agents and those companies that titivate one’s house for selling are closely linked – possibly even related !

Writing about all this brought back very strongly to mind that super little house that Stringer built; and I am unable to prevent myself from inserting some photos (taken by moi and therefore mostly ghastly):

It was a wonderful time, back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when I was working at TCN9 and Chic was building our new house … On my days off I used to sit in an old director’s chair where he was working and sleep amidst the cacophony of his power tools.

I’ve been really lucky in my life.

11 thoughts on “If I had a house

    1. An honour and a privilege, Max— sorry, I mean Sue. :) (You’d be appalled to know about a series of books upon which I dote: Jodi Taylor’s St Mary’s chronicles ,,,)

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        1. You’ve never heard of ‘e, because they are RIGHT OUT OF YOUR AREA. Couldn’t in a month of Sundays be called ‘literature’. Just really good fun.

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  1. Stringer was such an accomplished man, wasn’t he? My MOTH built our old home with his Dad, so it was thought it was going to be emotional when we left. The process of selling was exhausting and emotional but the leaving was surprisingly easy. Keeping the house all prim and proper for inspections was so draining. And candles, we apparently had to had candles everywhere!
    Thanks for introducing me to your favourite blogger. I followed her too.

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    1. Candles, eh ? – we weren’t told about their magnetic selling power. Vases of flowers, yes – loads of ’em. We found the same, Amanda – about the surprising ease of cutting ourselves off the house. Never understood that :\

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      1. The house doesn’t contain our spirit, as much as horror movies like to portray they do. When you see the place devoid of furniture, it just becomes a soulless burden, much like an albatross that you want to remove from your neck!

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  2. For our last move, the RE offered “staging” services. I declined. No way was I parting with my $$$ to support THAT industry. I can clean off a counter top on my own, thank you very much.

    I enjoyed your photos – ATLMD had them in black and white, didn’t it?

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    1. Looks like there are many who refuse to be titivated, Maggie.
      I think the only one I used in ATMLD was one very similar to Stringer with his foot on The Doctor, when I’d written of our dear moggie’s climbing a short vertical ladder to be with him. So … so DEAR !

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  3. You are funny MR – “(taken by moi and therefore mostly ghastly)”. That made me laugh! I enjoyed the photos, btw.

    All that RE stuff these days really really gives me the herby jeebies. My parents sold their house a couple of years ago, and my Mum firmly told the RE agent that she was selling a home! She decluttered but made not decoration changes whatsoever. (For me, though, I think I’d like to move out and let them to it. The whole house selling business is the thing that’s putting me off the downsizing that we really should consider now.

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    1. I shall tell Anna she must read comments here !
      When we sold the Annandale semi, we put the cat in his carrycase, made coffee in the machine and left the house when viewings were on. That was our contribution to the list of requirements. :)

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