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What it is living in a 500 year old house, part #563

Ivy. Growing through a tiny hole in the wood of the windowsill.

I went outside and stripped the brick of all the parent ivy, but this little shoot still thrives. You know what that means, yeah? It’s living off stuff in the house.

The walls are about a foot thick and apparently solid…cement? So godnose. Some Georgian peasant probably walled up grandma.

Eh. I exaggerate. The house was built somewhere between 1505, when the first house in the neighborhood was built, and 1610, when we have a delinquent tax bill for the property. So somewhere between 413 and 518 years old. It’s a real fixer upper.

No, we don’t owe 413 years worth of interest and penalties. They forgive it after seven years.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 15, 2023, 7:09 pm

You mean… an owner can get away with not paying property tax bill in perpetuity and not lose his property?

That’s quite respectful and totally unlike American tax law!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 15, 2023, 8:37 pm

I immediately thought of “The Last Leaf.”

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 15, 2023, 9:17 pm

Totally off topic (why announce the daily routine Durned?)

Now that you have a grinder, you need the next extremely handy tool for working on the micro/mini grinding , carving, polishing, scale.

You need a Dremmel, or a Dremmel knockoff.

They won’t kick your butt out here in Tejas, they just add to the bill and when you die your heirs have to pay it off or lose the property.

In America you don’t own your land and house after you’ve paid your debt to the lender, the city, county, or state do and they graciously let you live there if you pay your yearly rent to them. Otherwise they send the Sheriff of Snottyham around to visit.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 16, 2023, 12:17 am

I sure do hope it isn’t a triffid seedling.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 16, 2023, 1:41 pm

You may drive out Nature with a pitchfork, yet she still will hurry back.”

― Horace

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 16, 2023, 6:17 pm

Oh, I have had a Dremel since I were a wee lass, Durned. Of course, I had to get a new one when I moved here 🙁

You could get away with it in 1610, apparently. I wouldn’t try to get away with it in 2023, ExpressoBold.

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