We got a quote from HSBC for a mortgage, but didn't speak to an actual advisor, and talked to an advisor at Britannia. We now have a vague idea of what we can comfortably afford, and are aware that people will lend us more money than we can pay back without majorly changing our lifestyle! So we should now start looking properly at houses, which is kinda scary.
We didn't feel much like tidying that evening, so just lazed around a bit, then got up early yesterday to tidy up the house which we managed to finish (enough) just before they arrived. Had lunch and then cadged a lift to Tescos, and then played find the John as both of them managed to vanish at various points during the shopping.
When we got home it became clear that John senior had strategically vanished - J's parents had bought a bottle of champagne, a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates as a congratulatory present for me :)
In the evening we went out to the Maybush and had dinner there - I had pot roast partridge cooked in a redcurrant and wine sauce, with fresh vegetables and new potatoes. It was niiiice :) J had spicy cumberland sausages in a giant yorkshire pudding, and J's parents both had rump steaks (though they'd not noticed that that was a 16oz steak, so neither finished their dinner ;) ).
We came back, and drank champagne out of our crystal champagne flutes (that were a wedding present from my godfather), and sat and talked for a while.
This morning, we arose far too early, and finished scanning some old photos that J's father had brought with him, of Blanchland, ate bacon sarnies then sent J's parents off back up north to tend to the dog ;)