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Life at № 42

Soldier, Soldier, Soldier

Three of the apartments are now rented to soldiers, all in building two. But more interestingly a family is moving out of the three bedroom in building one (above, top floor.) It’s sad because it’s because of a divorce and they’re very nice people – but I’ve wanted to get my hands on that place since I first saw it. It’s got tremendous potential. Also a private garden and parking, smack in the centre of town. We’re going to visit it next week so I can start with the plans and drawings. So there’s my September gone.

Anyway, we’re nearly there. Not bad considering we arrived here in March of 2015. Often I went to bed thinking we’d bitten off much more than we could chew.

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32 comments on “Soldier, Soldier, Soldier

  1. Steve Ruis
    August 17, 2017

    And your goal is … to revive the entire town centre?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 17, 2017

      The rental market in these parts was fairly appalling regarding what was on offer. And I don’t see the point of leaving money sitting in the bank, especially considering how much we lost in the crisis. So doing up two buildings seemed like a good way to put one’s self to use 🙂

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  2. foolsmusings
    August 17, 2017

    Well done sir. 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 17, 2017

      Thanks 🙂 It really is quite satisfying to see semi-retirement around the corner!

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  3. Diana MacPherson
    August 17, 2017

    I think I have the same obsession as you, except with aquascaping fishtanks. Lol god help you if you start doing fishtank things too!!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 17, 2017

      I love fish tanks, but I’m not brave enough to have one. If you forget to feed a dog, it reminds you. If you forget to feed fish…

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      • Diana MacPherson
        August 17, 2017

        A heavily planted shrimp tank would be for you! I give my shrimp a treat of a sinking pellet or a slice of cucumber once per week but I don’t even really have to do that as they live off the old plant matter and little organisms in the tank. It only works with heavily planted tanks though. I still insist on the treat once per week because I worry they aren’t going to get enough food.

        If I get a more permanent work location on my campus, I’m going to set up a small 2.5 gallon cube tank with plants and shrimp.

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  4. Bela Johnson
    August 17, 2017

    We live that line ‘bitten off much more than we could chew.’ It’s not a bad place to be, as long as it’s creatively stimulating – at least that’s my opinion on it. And as I was wondering what you were going to ‘do’ with the place, I noticed another similarity – we, too invest in real estate. We, too lost plenty in ‘the crisis.’ And it’s just fun. 😉

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 17, 2017

      For people working in design, real estate is a natural investment choice. It gives us the chance to really put what we know to use.
      And you’re right, it is fun. I’ve been absolutely loving the challenge of making small, late 19th century apartments work for modern 21st century people.

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  5. acflory
    August 17, 2017

    lol – location, location, location. I think real estate is one of those cravings hardwired into humans. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the 3 bedroom. 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 17, 2017

      It’s certainly hardwired into me! If left to my own devices we’d probably have double the amount of apartments we have now 😀 And we’d be drowning in work – so fortunately Mike keeps things under control.

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  6. makagutu
    August 18, 2017

    Does the government know you are building a private army.
    Never a dull day on this site.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 18, 2017

      No. When they find out it’ll be too late! I’ll have already declared my house an independent country (and stopped paying tax!)

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      • makagutu
        August 18, 2017

        Hahaha
        At that time I will be a citizen of your country

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 18, 2017

        Atheists always welcomed. Except the dumb ones.

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      • makagutu
        August 21, 2017

        I can’t stand anything dumb. That’s why I don’t keep sheep 🙂

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      • makagutu
        August 18, 2017

        And I will be the minister for information.
        Official communication channel shall be smoke signals. It is hack proof.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 18, 2017

        Brilliant!!!! We’ll have to sit down together to formulate special smoke usage laws 🙂

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  7. kjennings952
    August 18, 2017

    Yes but what will your army wear? Colorful pants and plaid shirts?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 18, 2017

      I presume they come with their own uniforms. I’m not one for indulging staff 😀

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  8. I don’t remember which one of your apartments it was but I’m just so glad you did not put in an under counter top refrigerator. I still remember that.

    What i would do if I had a kitchen I was remodeling is raise up the dishwasher. I saw that once in a home design magazine or website and I was smitten with it. Why do we hate loading & unloading the dishwasher? Because of all the bending down, if it weren’t for the bending down, loading & unloading the dishwasher is not a bad job. I saw where it was raised up with a tall draw cabinet underneath maybe around 18 – 24″ tall, I still dream about that raised up dishwasher. It was built at the end of the counter top and I think they placed the microwave on top of the dishwasher. So practical, other then lifting it up once to install it. But one time of pain for years of gain, I would totally be on board with that.

    I miss your remodeling projects so I will be visiting more frequently, I haven’t been here in a while. Have you started work on the shutters yet at #42?

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  9. Dr Martina Feyzrakhmanova
    August 18, 2017

    I think you might know the answer to this: What is a good place online to look at new art?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 19, 2017

      If you’re looking for new, then http://www.artfinder.com gives you a whole range of options and price ranges. If you’re looking for investment grade then the big two are the way to go. My preference is Christie’s in London. And don’t be afraid to ask them questions, there’s nothing an art specialist likes more than talking about what they know 🙂

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