We've had several disappointments: a couple of houses where it turned out that the vendors weren't anywhere near ready to move when we were, and another where we had doubts about its condition but also decided, after a second visit, that it was too small. We've veered between South and East Belfast, agonising about whether East is too far out, or whether we were going to have to pay way over the odds to stay in the South of the city (of course we were).
But finally the search is over. Our new house is lovely, but we've compromised on location. In other words, we've been priced out of South Belfast and are going East, to the borders of Belmont and Strandtown, not far from where my great-great-grandfather lived when he came to Belfast in the 1860s. We've lived in Stranmillis for nine years and have enjoyed it, but now we're both looking forward to exploring our new neighbourhood.
There are only two disadvantages. First, a longer journey to work; and second, I can no longer keep a South Belfast Diary. So this is the last post. After a short break to settle in, I'll be back with a new blog, accessible from this one of course.