Tonight's the night we put our clocks back by one hour.
However, that extra hour in bed in no way makes up for the fact that tomorrow it will be pitch dark at 5 pm
It already feels like an awful long haul till next spring despite the fact that we're now in freefall towards Christmas.
Our hopes of moving house before Christmas are fading fast. With just 7 'useful' weeks remaining it would require a small miracle. Having spent the last 8 days with a tentative offer on the table, our prospective buyer has apparently disappeared into the ether, taking his spurious (and ludicrously low) offer with him.
Now, I know that you don't have to actually LIKE the person who buys your house, but it seems to me that a measure of mutual respect and trust would be a pre-requisite for entering into a transaction worth several hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Or is that just me.
And to add insult to injury, the couple who were due to view at midday simply didn't turn up. No notice, no phone call to the agent to cancel..... Having spent all of yesterday afternoon and this morning making the house immaculate, to say I'm a bit hacked off is putting it mildly.
I'm so hacked off I could spit.
When I rang the estate agent to see what was occurring, he committed the cardinal sin of making no end of excuses for the no-show couple which tipped my hacked-offedness into full blown anger and I subjected him to a 10 minute rant on the importance of good manners and common courtesy which reduced him to an apologetic wreck.
Sheesh..... knowing that we'd been given the run around for a whole week by one of their 'clients' you'd have thought that us having a no-show from another lot this morning would have prompted them to show at least a modicum of tact and diplomacy in our direction.
What am I thinking.....?
Expecting an estate agent to be sensitive to the stress and anxiety of a vendor is about as likely as an anaconda considering the stress and anxiety of a tethered goat.
Which is to say, not at all.
However, I've just thought of at least one good thing about the clocks changing....
Yardarm will arrive a whole hour earlier tomorrow.