Dreams do come true 🙂
Hey everyone! I haven’t written a blog since February 2022!
I have so much to tell you, so I hope you have a brew to hand. We have worked so hard over the last year or so. Our loyal Facebook followers and supporters have selflessly given thousands upon thousands of Facebook stars during our live videos. Facebook supporters have continued their subscriptions, despite the cost of living becoming a serious concern for many.
Many people jumped at the opportunity to take part in raffles and other fundraisers that have not only been set up by us but set up by fans of our content.
It is this kind of love and support for the guinea pigs in our care that leads us onto the next adventure!
Mark and I always dreamed of making Masons’ Cavies into something spectacular. Our dream was to move somewhere with enough land to be able to really help the public and make a difference to the lives of guinea pigs.
We wanted somewhere, where people could bond with potential guinea pigs for their home. A special shed for people to sit with our herd and hand feed them. An area to have tea and cake (because that is incredibly important to keeping me happy 😂). We also wanted to be able to offer boarding to the public, as well as being able to take on emergency rescue cases when they arise.
We hadn’t intended to look for somewhere until late 2023 but, the momentum of public support meant we were able to look for somewhere a bit sooner. For this, we are incredibly grateful, more than I could ever write in words in this blog.
Mr Mason, casually looking through Rightmove, found a property that was beyond perfect on 6 September 2022.
The only problem we had was, we had to get an offer into the estate agency by 12pm on 7 September! Typical, hey?
We kept looking at the photos on Rightmove and realised we simply couldn’t let this opportunity pass. Within an hour we had been on the phone to a mortage adviser and were on the way to meet him.
After a few hours and a lovely meeting with the mortage adviser, we had our mortage principle and could place an offer on the property if we chose to.
Leaving the meeting, one of the estate agents was absolutely buzzing! She recognised me from Facebook! 😂 After a lovely chat with her, she assisted us as best as she could with paperwork from prices of houses sold within the area over the last few years to help us with an idea for an offer.
Later that afternoon, we visited the house, albeit very swiftly as there were ten other people interested. During the quick walk around, we only fell in love with it more. It was big enough to really expand Masons’ Cavies.
That evening we placed an offer and waited anxiously to see if it was enough. Fair to say, neither of us got any sleep that night. The one thing we had in our favour was that we’re first-time buyers with a 10% deposit ready. We hoped this was enough.
The following day at around 4pm I received the phone call to say our offer had been accepted. We were both absolutely over the moon.
We have since been back to the property to have a proper look around, and yes, it needs updating as the house previously belonged to an elderly Italian lady but other than that, it is truly perfect.
It is important to note that the house isn’t big enough to achieve the dream to the size we originally dreamed of. We can’t build a cafe or a gift shop etc. Let’s face it – that was optimistic, and I don’t poop £50 notes. 😂 BUT it is big enough to do everything that is important for the guinea pigs in our care right now and piggies that will come into our care in the future.
It is big enough to allow Mr M to have his own large workshop. Meaning he will be able to make you lots of lovely items for your guinea pigs.
It is big enough to allow us to move the herd into a 20ft x 10ft shed and use the 16ft x 10ft shed they’re currently in for whatever is needed.
It is big enough to allow us to grow some of our own vegetables!
As soon as we have the keys in our hands I will show you everything 🙂 and for the people who said we’d never get there… Nur Nur! 😂😂
We want to thank you all, whether you follow us on social media, send stars of gifts, are a subscriber, take part in fundraising, or simply enjoy the content. We appreciate you. Without you this wouldn’t be happening.
We cannot wait to share this amazing journey with you!