I got some updates to the design of the buy to let profit calculator live so now it's even easier to use with clearer results. As part of improving the PDFs that the calculator can produce I moved the generation of them from Reportlab to Weasyprint. Having previously avoided PDF rendering tools that convert from ...
Today's pictures aren't quite as wet as I got today but there are some clouds. It's a slightly overcast Warwick Castle, taken in August 2017.
Car (child) trouble
Monday morning challenge this week was a flat battery in the car - apparently due to cabin lights being left on, presumably thanks to a small person!
I've previously fixed this by removing the battery and charging it in the house. But removing the battery from a Prius Plus is not very easy and I ...
As the sun is bright and the temperatures hot, here are a few fittingly bright yellow flowers. I'm not aware of any hidden bees this week.
All taken in Norfolk in May 2018.
First week in a while that I've managed to plan whole days for specific projects, rather than each day being a jumble of several. Also the first in ages that I've consistently left the house to work (using a couple of local co-working spaces).
For the next few weeks of summer holiday I'm intending ...
It has finally rained! For about two minutes there was marginally cooler air blowing through my window.
Now, almost instantly, it's back to being all to warm though.
We went to an excellent science festival at Wakehurst last weekend so of course I took a few photos of flowers (and a bee).
Last week I attended the monthly meetup for the excellent Crawley Property Meet which included a presentation by the person responsible for HMO licensing in Crawley.
From the 1st October 2018 the national rules on HMO licensing are changing so that they cover a lot more properties. Previously HMOs less than three stories high were not included, but from October ...
Base rate going up in August?
Are there hints of a rate rise coming soon? It would fit fairly neatly with some of the predictions from the Landlord Investment show panel - where it was suggested that the base rate would reach 1% before March next year.
Another tab cull
Too. Many. Browser. Tabs.
Start count: 904
To walk or not to walk
It's a difficult decision - whether to walk into town to use an office space or not.
- For walking to the office
- Proper air conditioning
- Chance to bank a cheque (they do still exist, at least in the world of British Gas!)
- Chance to return/exchange some shorts
- Less disturbances during the ...
No flowers this week but still some good sunshine and a colourful tree.
And a bonus summer house in the distance, from the same day in June 2017.
I write the initial text for these journals on my main computer, often as quick notes during the day. To make that easy I made myself a little script (actually a fish function):
set T (date +"%Y-%m-%d")
Since I've now changed to recording a weekly journal, I ...
I've decided this will be my last daily journal for a while - they are just taking too much time to write and edit. I'd really like to hear from anyone who's enjoyed reading my musings, found them useful or has any other feedback - please comment below o
r send me an email.
This isn't to ...
Apparently government revenue from stamp duty is falling because the housing market has slowed down. Probably a combination of Brexit and increased taxes on landlords.
Nursery run this morning - so that our big two could walk to school again for their Golden Boot challenge.
Also had to pause this afternoon to do the nursery collection too as school ...
Sticking with flowers and gardens this week but jumping back to about a year ago and (I think) a National Trust property a bit closer to home.
Taken in July 2017.
Interesting Python UI builder - spent 20 minutes watching the video and quite a few more reading about enaml-native more generally.
New Python 3.7 features.
Blogging / writing
"Brexit will land badly, so the Bank of England needs to get the base rate up to 1% before that" - read about views and thoughts from the Expert Property Panel at ...
I do like working from home and apparently it can be "13% better" (thanks to Terzo Digital's newsletter for the great link.
Notifying/managing utilities when tenancies start and stop is quite tedious, so I think the idea behind Landlord TAP is great - unfortunately the site was completely down yesterday and today I can't enter details about ...
- 25% cleaning (yes, during the working day - my parents were visiting to babysit this evening so no other time left)
- 25% mixed emails, consultancy bits, a little PaTMa and some All Secure Domains support
- 50% rental property paperwork
Evening was a secondary school visit - great to meet our oldests new form teacher and hear more about how things ...
Walked our big two children to school this morning, although the oldest was so late getting ready I left without him - with instructions to catch up. Of course he decided to only do that at the last moment so he could walk to school on his own! Thankfully he did survive and I didn't hear any ...