Thank you for comments. Some of you mentioned Council or Housing Association properties...that had crossed my mind, our very first house nearly 40 years ago was a Council property, it had nice big rooms, although wasn't in a very nice area. Then we bought our next house, an ex-Council house on a lovely estate. I really loved that house, until the neighbours from hell moved in next door and proceeded to ruin our lives for the next couple of years 😠. I think the whole Close heaved a sign of relief when they finally moved out, after repeated visits from the Police interfered with their chosen lifestyle too much!
What's always put us off applying for social housing now (as it's now called) is the fact that we would probably only get offered a 1 bedroom flat, meaning we couldn't have family or friends to stay. And neither of us could stand the thought of living somewhere with no garden - not practical with Betty anyhow. And we might not get much choice about the location, whereas we really do want to choose. I know - beggars can't be choosers, we should be grateful, etc etc. Well, we're not beggars yet! So that idea is on hold for a while.
Husband's consultant says his foot is healing as it should, it just takes time - up to a year! - and the pain should subside in due course. She wants him to have another scan, though, and see a podiatrist about having specially designed insoles. She's also given him pain medication to tide him over.
Whilst we were in Weston for the hospital, we took the opportunity to visit a small local car sales place to have a look at a particular little car they've got for sale. Well it's lovely, we both really like it and it meets all our requirements, and the garage will take our big gas guzzler in part exchange. Unfortunately, due to lockdown restrictions we couldn't have a test drive (although the salesman offered...naughty! We declined though). Husband won't buy the car without a test drive, quite rightly, and in any case, buying a car doesn't come under 'Essentials' during lockdown. So we'll have to wait and hope it's still there once restrictions ease. I suppose we could put a holding deposit on it, although it's not as if the garage is doing much (or any) business right now. The garage is about half an hour's drive from here, so too far and not an essential journey during lockdown. The only reason we went yesterday is because we were there for husband's hospital appointment anyway and the garage is only 5 mins drive away from the hospital, and we got a tiny bit of essential food shopping after. Even if we don't manage to get that particular car, we now know that it's just what we want and need, so know what to look out for when restrictions are lifted.