And what of the last few days, the Easter bank holiday weekend just finished? To be honest it's all been a bit mad, really, and we come out of it with house things perhaps a little clearer but with still some way to go, we suspect.
When we returned home from London on Thursday, there was an offer for our house waiting for us, and after some deliberation we decided it was reasonable, and Friday morning we put in an offer on the house we most recently looked at and liked very much. Within minutes, it was accepted, and when we just happened to bump into the people later while we were out for a walk, it turned out they were probably putting an offer in on their hoped-for house very shortly. So we shall see, but nothing more could really happen until today at the earliest.
Saturday's highlight was treating Katy's sister Rachel to a birthday lunch with her husband Mark - yes, we managed to "lose" Daniel with his grandparents for the afternoon! There's an Italian restaurant that had changed hands a couple of times in the last year or so, and that we had heard good things of in its latest guise. It seemed a bit on the pricy side, but the food was served in true continental style - i.e. monstrous portions - so it was certainly not bad value, though we were glad we didn't go for a starter each in retrospect!
Sunday we were a bit exhausted from the last couple of days, and were quietly a little relieved that no-one took us up on our offer of Easter lunch. But we had plenty of things - some serious, some not so - to get on with, so were glad of the time. And it did of course mean we didn't have to share our chocolate.
We drove down to Portsmouth again on Monday; not because there's anything wrong with the computer - well not enough to warrant another journey anyway! - but to have lunch and a walk with Katy's mum and dad, as we'd agreed a while back that we would. Roughly as Katy and I had done in July 2003, we combined a walk round part of Chichester Harbour with lunch at a favourite pub there, and with the weather glorious if somewhat hazy out to sea, it was an altogether lovely day.
But now the long weekend - all six days of it for Katy - is over, and our world has to return to reality. I am still out of work, and discussion regarding my supposed new job starting on Friday seems to have ground to a halt, so goodness knows. But I don't mind holding the fort until something worthwhile comes up...