Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's Official!

Today we officially "completed" on the purchase of our house in London.  It was a long road to get here and it was strangely anti-climatic at the end.  We received a phone call from our solicitor's office this morning, who told us to contact the seller's estate agent to pick up the keys.  We went to the estate agent's office and met Guy (the agent) in person for the first time.  He gave us an envelope with my name on it.  Inside was a key to the house.  No mountain of paperwork to sign, no proof of ID...nothing.  We must have signed the necessary paperwork at some point during the process, but I honestly don't remember signing many documents.  How did they know it was us? Must have been the American accent...

Next stop: the house.  The last time we were at the house was earlier this month to take measurements with Charlotte, our architect.  At that time, no effort had been made to start packing.  So it was no surprise to see "removal" men emptying the house today and throwing the contents haphazardly into the back of a truck that looked suspiciously like the trucks that picked up junk from our back alley on Locust Street.

The front door was wide open, so we walked in.  We met the brother of the woman living in the house, asked him a few questions and then let them get on with the removal.  A bit cheeky of the sellers to remove things after the sale was completed, but not a big deal to us.

It was a good thing we stopped by (and a good thing I asked if he knew anything about the previous owners) because he pulled out an old envelope stuffed with paperwork.  When we got home we discovered the envelope contained the deeds and mortgage documents for all of the previous owners going back to 1875.  Amazing!  The first three owners were a brick merchant, a tailor and a pianoforte string maker.  In 1875 the annual rent on the property was 6 pounds, 13 shillings and 4 pence for a 99 year lease. All of the older documents were written by hand on parchment paper and sealed with wax. We also learned the street was originally called Carrol Road.

Onward with the renovations!

 Removal truck on right and sold sign in distance (note fridge on sidewalk)

Mortgage taken out by Henry Child in 1880

Sale between Henry Child/George Reynolds and Ewald Dettmer

A large indenture document...two pages all handwritten

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Busy weekend

Here are just a few pics of what's going on in the Indiana Mellor family.

Paul has been playing timpani in the Winter Drum Line.  They have competed several times over the last 6 weeks.  He had to be at school at 3:45 AM on Saturday morning to compete for the last time.  They did well, but not well enough to advance.  The picture below is from a week ago.  I took it during their warm-ups.

Grace has been doing an indoor soccer training this winter.  I snapped the photo on Saturday morning while she was scrimmaging.  She will start outdoor practices in a few weeks.  Don't you love the pigtails?

Elizabeth's play was this weekend and Marilyn, Kathy and Liza came in to see the Queen Mildred in Haphazardly Ever After.  The first picture is with her friends Lauren and Brielle who were Princess Peppermint and Princess Cinnamon.  The next two photos are with King Barnabas, played by fellow 8th grader, Jacob.  The last photo is of the whole royal family which includes the previously mentioned as well as Prince Hairgel and Prince Slacker.  (Patrick and Steve)  These 8th graders have been together since kindergarten and really anchored an amazing performance by all.  (I can't tell who the photo bomber is)

We have some videos of the band performance and will have a DVD of the play.  We will subject you to both if you'll allow us to!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

World Book Day 2015

World Book Day 2015 - Pig from George Orwell's Animal Farm

This is the day when children in the UK dress up as a character from a book