Yesterday we went back to see High Street Farm cottage, our first choice, LS wanted to measure one of the bedrooms for a study and we had a long cup of tea with Truda, going there for a meal on Saturday.... It was freezing cold, the garden is unkempt, yet still has that pull with the sun-trap wall. But there is a lot to do, kitchen to put in plus garage. The barn that Truda and her partner David live in, and are converting is enormous, and at this moment in time is full of building stuff. The outside is finished, they have put in one of those underfloor heating systems in, one mile of cabling lies under the ground outside to capture heat, very complicated system. A great battery of switches designate the different zones that is being heated, and the plan with the solar panels on the roof is to be self sufficient in energy, even getting paid for some of the electricity they produce.
Today we are off to see a third cottage, chocolate box is how I would describe it from the brochure, with plenty of gothic type furniture inside, it should be interesting. It has a spring LS says, hopefully it has mains as well, and a lovely looking garden. It is near Egton Bridge down a lane called Delve.
Which brings me to the fact we have not done any sightseeing of the countryside, something I miss, house hunting can be very boring.
We finished off the day yesterday with a meal at the Magpies, LS had oysters followed by squid and I had the salmon and haddock gratin which was delicious but rather rich. I cannot do oysters, they are not pleasant to look at, and squid is another no-no...
So tomorrow back to Church House for another look and then off to Newton-on-Rawcliffe.
Photos of Egton on a bleak January day in 2012
|The chapel just outside the village.|
|gravestones looking out over the moor|
|A rather blurry Egton packhorse bridge|
|The river tumbling away|
|Like most large villages, Egton has no shop, just one pub, and a school.|