Not our eventual new house but Highclere Castle, aka Totleigh Towers, aka Downton Abbey, aka many other something or others in various films and TV programs. But, we will soon have a new castle where yours truly can set up the soldier things once again and daydream about how to avoid falling afoul of Sir Watkyn Bassett, Lord Sidcup, and Alpine Joe. . . to say nothing of Madeleine Bassett.
Good news. A new Stollen Central and Zum Stollenkeller are on the horizon.
We meet with our real estate lady on Saturday (tomorrow) morning to set into formal motion the eventual purchase of a new home. While modest and unmistakably suburban, it has everything we want. Excellent schools, a quiet almost rural setting, an easy commute, yet far enough away from campus, large front- and backyards plus a tree-house with tire swing for the Young Master, plenty of space indoors, no major repairs or replacements that require immediate attention (roofs, furnaces, water heaters, and so forth), and. . . a fully finished basement! Cue the insane laughter, please.
If the stars align just right, we plan to move in just before Christmas during mid-December. I know, I know. . . Serenity now!
House Update. . .
Our offer on the house that we most wanted has been accepted. Our real estate lady called me about 20 minutes ago with the news. We have a few more pieces of paperwork to sign etc., etc., but we will be able to occupy the house after December 8th. . . Well ahead of the Christmas holidays. I cannot wait! Our current apartment is very nice, fairly new, and so forth, but it's not 'home' by any stretch of the imagination. It will be awfully good to have a month,or so to unpack and settle in before classes resume in January. The Grand Duchess and I might just have a glass or two of wine this evening.