Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Seems like the logs are jammed again. After various 'phone calls today I'm not much further on. Tracey [my solicitor's admin assistant] had left various messages with Lord Byron's solicitor seemingly. Finally this afternoon she managed to actually speak to a real live person rather than an answer machine. Woo hoo! Well kind of. The real live person she spoke to was the secretary who told her an email would be sent answering Linzi [my solicitor] either later today or tomorrow. Natch Tracey asked what the email would say to which the secretary replied she didn't know. She'd only been told an email would be sent.
Spoke with Simon the estate agent who is now suggesting we see if we can get the property developer who was interested a few weeks back in for a viewing as a 'back up plan'. The mere fact he is now in favour of that option is making me antsy but we agreed he should try and organise that for Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile I got a letter from the funeral directors that I used for mum's funeral. I sent a cheque for the second half of the payment over a month ago. Seemingly it had bounced. I was gobsmacked as I knew full well there was more than enough funds to cover it. Rang them to find out if any reason had been given. Chap I spoke to said he'd get their accounts dept to call me. While I was waiting I checked my account on line and sure enough, the payment hadn't been made. No record of it at all. So I called the bank to ask why the cheque hadn't been honoured. The customer service woman I spoke to said she could see no reason it wouldn't have cleared but in any case, it had never been presented!
One of the directors of the funeral parlour called me back. Told her the situation. She suggested I pay by an alternative method [e.g my debit card]. She used her best 'dealing with bereaved person' voice to try and coerce me. Forget that Mrs. Yes I could have paid that way but I was so distressed when I opened the letter telling me the cheque had bounced that I want an explanation from their bank as to why they didn't present the cheque in the first place. Granted it's not the funeral director's fault but the only leverage I have is to withhold the payment until I get an explanation. Thing is their bank [Nat West] and my bank [RBS] are part of the same frigging group. Happy I'm not.
Hand over the bottle, pass the joint, brew up the magic mushrooms, lets go on a magical mystery tour. Lucy's in the sky and Suzanne's by the river so lets just meander along some alternative pathways. Who knows, maybe when we find our way back to reality, the frigging solicitors might have caught up with what we already know needs to be done. Alternatively, we could have a nice cup of tea............