Our landlord (landlady, actually) has decided to put the house on the market. Our HOME. We've been here just 16 months, and are nothing like ready for a move yet. There is, of course, the possibility that it could be bought by an investor, but I don't fancy taking that chance, not with the shortage of suitable rental properties. So, we went to view 3 houses today, the only 3 that Heather thought at all worthwhile (and within our budget, suitable for pets, etc). The first one had absurdly small rooms, and signs of wear & tear, mould, etc that the agent said unlikely to be fixed, so it was fairly quickly crossed off the list. The second one was in much better order, but it looks like competition for it will be very stiff, and the rent is at the top end of what we want; nice area though. 3rd on the list would benefit from freshening up slightly, not to mention an improved kitchen, but had a mature mulberry - in fruit - overhanging the back fence. House and block slightly larger than our present one, plus aircon, so it would do. Need to find out when it's available, but the place is empty & being cleaned at the moment, so probably fairly soon. We have to give a month's notice on our current lease, which has 6 weeks to run. Fingers crossed for a good outcome.
In other news... I went to an exhibition opening last night, featuring photographs and photogravure prints, 2 of which I'd have liked to bring home. There were also digital reproductions of salt prints - the technology that William Henry Fox Talbot used in the 1840s, for printing his Calotype negatives. I commented that it would be appropriate to make such prints from negatives taken with my Victorian camera, and the artist agreed enthusiastically. I went back to her studio this afternoon, armed with said camera, and we have agreed to get together for a photo outing, probably early next year, and then repair to the studio to get printing. The resulting body of work will (we hope) end up as a joint exhibition, with the camera on display as well. I've missed having access to a darkroom since leaving the Observatory in 1995, so this will be great fun, especially using an old (although new to me) printing process.