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Celebrate The Good Things!


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#1 Beehive

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:11 PM

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We are all undertaking something that is rather difficult and will have lots of problems and unexpected issues along the way.
It is natural, rather like the News, to concentrate on the bad things.

So don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back if you get through landmark point in your project.

I had the nice letter through last week with full plans approval from building regs.
Today, planning finally discharged all my pre-build conditions.

Apart from the specialist reports I have done all the planning and regs myself and am really pleased that I am through this stage and just hitting the right time of year to get underway with the build. I can get the fence up, access in and get underway with the build at last.

Long job. Bought the land on 19th August. Now the fun can really begin!

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:44 PM

Nice post...I agree :)

#3 Redoctober

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:49 PM

View Posttennentslager, on 25 April 2016 - 07:44 PM, said:

Nice post...I agree :)

+1 - PW.

#4 joe90

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:53 PM

Yes, today I got planning permission after a two year fight ( see my new thread )

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:55 PM

View PostBeehive, on 25 April 2016 - 07:11 PM, said:

Long job. Bought the land on 19th August. Now the fun can really begin!

i started mine in 2011 :D ......but mine is not one to be gauged against........

big questioned is "have you brought a mini digger yet??? "

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:58 PM

Heartily agree - we're just coming out of first fix and into plastering - have been more than a few mistakes along the way but just as many successes.

Celebrate the latter and forget the former and you'll stay half sane !

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 12:22 PM

It's taken me a week but I've remembered a 'good thing' I am grateful for. The standard of my home may be laughable compared to even the not very Passive houses shown on the forum but I appreciate that Id dint instead buy a single skin brick terrace with a large old uninsulated concrete slab extension.

I may only have 4" batts in the cavity and bobby basic double glazing but the extended ground floor slab has reasonable insulation and the heating and boiler were brand new so its still, overall, far better than anywhere else I've ever lived.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:17 PM

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I woke up this morning. :)

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:34 PM

View Postjoiner, on 28 April 2016 - 02:17 PM, said:

I woke up this morning. :)

That's always a good thing. Years ago, when we lived in Portpatrick, there was a nice bloke called Roger who ran a big B&B next to my local bar down by the harbour, the Crown. He knew more about British motorcycles than there was to know, and we enjoyed many a chat in the pub, when he came in for his evening meal. He didn't drink (he was devout Plymouth Brethren) but was no worse company for that. He'd always leave around 9pm, after his supper, we'd wish him goodnight and say we'd see him tomorrow and his reply was always the same "If God Wills it...........". It reminded me of working in Bahrain years ago, where the stock reply to most questions was a shrug and a muttered "Inshallah" (more or less "if God Wills it", in arabic).

He was only around ten years older than me, so in his early fifties, and one evening he didn't turn up in the bar. After an hour or so a few of us got concerned and went around to his B&B next door and called for him. Sadly he'd died in his sleep the night before......................

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:34 PM

I got out of my latest job without scratching the £2k worth of engineered oak we laid last.
Phew :)
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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:46 PM

Re premature deaths, I used to do a lot of work for a businessman in a nearby town who owned a shop and several industrial units. He was 5 years older than me.

He died last November of cancer. He was found to have bowel cancer 5 years ago in the screening program and had a major operation then, but it became back and spread and was inoperable this time.

Sobering thought. I am not expecting to depart this world any time soon, but on that sort of timescale from initial diagnoses to death, might not even be long enough to finish my new house.

So grateful for the fact you woke up this morning is inded very true.

#12 jsharris

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 07:01 PM

A colleague of mine died when out for his morning pre-work jog, He was the fittest bloke I knew and would come into work early just to have a jog around the peri track before work, He dropped dead one morning on his jog, from a massive coronary. He was 44 years old.

When your time is up, you time is up, and I don't think you can do much about it. It's one reason I rather like the derogation of responsibility that the expression InshAllah brings, it makes some imaginary being responsible for whether you are going to live or die.

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#13 joe90

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 07:24 PM

Well I lost my last wife to cancer , and her sister ( my sister in law) within a year,then got cancer myself, but a viral one that's very treatable, I told this to my planning officer the last time we met and told her if she didn't hurry up I'd be dead before I built my retirement home, then she commented on the number of celebrities that had passed since Christmas. Spooky how we got planning permission recently :) I am planning my workshop ( man shed) and been on EBay buying all sorts of stuff I could not possibly do without. Yes it's good to wake up and smell the roses, life's too short so let's celebrate it.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 09:56 PM

Jeez, wish I hadn't said anything now. :(

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:42 PM

Almost 14 years ago the 15 year old son of my best friends died suddenly after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage, just 3 months after the Wessex Neuro Centre had saved the life of one of my then 13 year old daughters. The charity we set up in Rich's memory, and which I have run full time since selling my business in 2006, has since raised over £1 million to fund projects at the Wessex. Like most, i'm sure, i've made a few errors during our build, and no doubt i'll make others before it's finished, but in the great scheme of things they are inconsequential so I just Smile, think of Rich (and how lucky I am to still have my daughter), and crack on with putting them right. Life is indeed too short, it's just shorter for some than others.

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 06:42 AM

View Postjoiner, on 28 April 2016 - 09:56 PM, said:

Jeez, wish I hadn't said anything now. :(

Yeah, this is one of the most cheery threads on the forum!

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 06:47 AM

View Postjoiner, on 28 April 2016 - 09:56 PM, said:

Jeez, wish I hadn't said anything now. :(
You awake ? :huh:
:lol:

#18 joe90

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 08:22 AM

View PostPeterStarck, on 29 April 2016 - 06:42 AM, said:



Yeah, this is one of the most cheery threads on the forum!

Yes but it must be taken in context, the thread title is about celebrating the good things, because of bad things in my life I celebrate the good things probably more than most!. My pet hate is negative people and moaners, I bet if you look at most of these people they have nothing really to moan about.

My build has been in my head throughout many many years of unfortunate circumstances and I am lucky enough to now be living the dream. This forum has been a brilliant platform to float ideas and get inspiration.

Anyway, now I have planning permission I am off next week to Devon to sit on my JCB with a big grin on my face:)

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 08:43 AM

I am off to Devon next week to make some YouTube videos of a man wrecking his plot with a JCD :D

#20 joe90

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 08:53 AM

View PostSteamyTea, on 29 April 2016 - 08:43 AM, said:

I am off to Devon next week to make some YouTube videos of a man wrecking his plot with a JCD :D

Too late, already wrecked, now I have had some practice I am restoring it :)