So I've got a bit more time for hobbies now because there's not much to do except keep the house and garden tidy.
The biggest thing I tackled this week was to lay out my Hawaiian quilt over two tables at guild meeting, and pin out the applique and start the basting. This all took about five hours and I've only completed one quarter of the basting properly. I hurriedly basted down the main stems of the rest of the pattern before I put everything away for the day, so that I can work on the rest of it over a smaller table at home. My guild members think I am mad to tackle something so big, they may be right.
After that we drove around the area near Wellingborough where the house I liked last weekend is located, and also went into Wellingborough itself. All still looks fine to us, not perfect but no dealbreakers. Then we drove up to Kettering to look at another Edwardian villa which I thought was a long shot judging by the internet pictures. For both these houses we felt the internet photos were really misleading, and it turned out that we actually liked the Kettering house a lot. It felt really liveable and homely. It's not perfect, it doesn't tick all the boxes on our wish list: the garden isn't that big so the neighbours are close, the sewing room area is only 8'10" wide even though it is fairly long, there isn't really anywhere for my knitting machines to go. But there's a great room for my dollshouses and it had loads of character and original features while still provided with modern bathrooms and an adequate kitchen.
So we have a shortlist of two, but whether they will still be available or not once we get a buyer is a big question mark. Fingers crossed.