Yes indeedy, we took the bus like normal people to go to an afternoon tea party at Jo's in Lyttleton!
It was really rather civilised!
With lashings of tea based cocktails and all manner of delicious nibbles!
Frock-made it myself with a 50's pattern and fabric received in a swap with lovely Max, ages ago!
Tights-sheer coral ( from Sarah) underneath musky pink lattice ones from Trade Me
Handbag-60's, thrifted in New Mexico
Beads and headpiece from Sarah the Sublime, made the pendant myself, and earrings from the sexacious Desiree
So, as promised, how we bought and paid off our house!
Firstly, I should say that the house market was an entirely different kettle of fish when we bought.
Our house would sell now for 3 times what we paid for it!
How fecking bizarre is that?
We went in with a smallish deposit and the added security of a parcel of land we'd bought on the Banks Penisula some years earlier, when we thought we were going to be all hippie-ish and self suffcient....
We were able to do that because we had no car; we cycled everywhere, I made our lunches for work rather than buying them, we didn't even have the phone on.
When we bought the house, we had a flatmate for the first 2 years.
We still cycled everywhere, I still made (and still do) our lunches.
We have never bought coffee on a daily basis, we make an occasion of going out for dinner, rather than a regular thing of it. We very rarely get take outs, as we both enjoy cooking.
I have never been one for going to the hairdresser, or getting my nails done, and everything in the house was secondhand; mostly still is!
We did get the phone on, and eventually bought a cheap secondhand car.
(We only run car, and not daily, even in Winter we cycle when we can)
We sold off the parcel of land and were able to put that onto the mortgage, making a huge difference!
We paid over the minimum weekly amount required and managed to have a holiday overseas every two years.
We weren't exactly frugal, but we didn't spend money wildly!
It was, and is, very important to both of us that we have a great lifestyle, and we never skimp on food, booze or entertaining friends.
Owning a house has been frigging brillant!!!
My parents never did, and I never thought I actually would; I thought only rich people could own a house.
My Mama was thrilled to bits, and able to visit 3 times before she passed away.
Daddy was too far gone with dementia to know, but it would have made him very bloody proud!
Nice to see some of you lovelies have also succeeded in paying off your homes!
I'd love to know how you did it!