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How I made £28,351 in one day! Read how for free below…….

“£28, 351 in one day?” you may ask. “Get rich quick scheme!”, “Multi-level marketing!”, “Pyramid scheme!”, “Con!” you may think to yourself, and quite frankly I wouldn’t blame you. Tell me though, did the headline grab your attention? I hope so, because if you like me, live on the Lickhill Lodge Estate in Stourport-on-Severn, it is very likely that you could do exactly the same! Indeed, it is very possible that regardless of where you live in the United Kingdom, it would be very worth your while to read this post, and follow the procedure that I did.


“What’s in it for you?” you may ask, when embarking on writing this post, the honest answer was nothing! However on reflection, if you do live on the Lickhill Lodge Estate, and you do follow my procedure, it is more than possible that the value I have made will increase – (It was not my initial motivation for writing this, but as that well known supermarket say in their advertising, “Every little helps!”).


So, how did I do it? In July 2016, I happened across the website Zoopla and out of interest, I decided to see what the value of my home was. I was horrified! In 8 years, my home had only increased in value by £7,592.  On closer inspection, I noticed that my property was listed as a Terraced house, when in fact it is Link-detached. I went about trying to discover how my property was listed on other websites, they all had it listed incorrectly. As you can probably imagine, the value of a terraced house is significantly lower than that of a detached property, hence the poor prospective return on our original purchase price.

terraced value

With further research, I discovered that all the property valuation websites obtain their data from HM Land Registry. I checked my address on their website and true enough, they had it listed as a terraced property.  Understandably, I was flabbergasted that this was the case, I found a contact form on the site, and contacted the HM Land Registry direct informing them of my concerns that their listing would have a detrimental effect on the value of our property (This is because the data listed is used by Estate Agents and Surveyors, in order to calculate a property valuation)….


land registry 2

land registry 1

The reply from HM Land Registry was more than satisfactory and I must say very efficient and helpful…….

land registry 3


Obviously, at time of writing 03/08/2016 this has not been updated as yet. However, I went back to Zoopla, and as the owner of the property, refined the estimate to the correct data. The difference in value is shown in the next image…….

link detached value

So what do you have to lose? Well, if you don’t follow this procedure, you could be losing tens of thousands of £s or more,  on property that you already own, unwittingly due to someone’s clerical error! The more people in your area that do this, the more (in theory) value could be attributed to your property.


Why not check YOUR property details on Zoopla and HM Land Registry ?


Please share this post with as many people, and as many social media’s as you can? In the current economic climate, the people of the United Kingdom, need all the money they can get!


Thank you for your time and patience in reading this.




Crafty Mrs Mac


Self Harming Awareness Day 2013. You really can not make comedic material like this up!

    Self Harming Awareness Day 1st March 2013

As per the title of this post,….Self Harming Awareness Day 2013. You really can not make comedic material like this up!

My thirteen year old daughter (AKA Minime) came downstairs for breakfast this morning, looking an absolute vision! Very smart in her school uniform, and she’d fashioned her waist length hair into an “Audrey Hepburn style” bun. She made and ate her breakfast (whilst I was preparing the lunch boxes) and proceeded to wash up her breakfast things. She had pushed the sleeves of her blazer up her forearms, in order to keep her clothes dry, and that is when I spotted it…..


ME: “What is that on your wrist?” I snapped

MINIME: “WHAT?” the retort.

ME: “We don’t say what Minime, we say pardon?” I admonished her.

MINIME: “PARRRRR—DUUUUUUUN?????” Was the reply

ME: “What is that on your wrist?” I asked again

MINIME: “WRI I I I TING” I was informed as if I was an idiot.

ME: “And why do you have writing on your wrist? And what does it say?” I asked again calmly.

MINIME: “It says KEEP FIGHTING, didn’t you know that it’s Self Harming Awareness Day today Mum?”

ME: “No darling I didn’t, I thought it was St David’s day today”. I replied slightly confused.

MINIME: “It is Mum, but it is also Self Harming Awareness Day today, and loads of people on Facebook are writing “KEEP FIGHTING” on their wrists in ink in order to spread awareness”

Now forgive me for interrupting this dialogue, but anyone who attended Christopher Whitehead School for Girls during the 1980’s with me, particularly in the same form as me, (3C), or top set for Music and RE, will be reminded of the cautionary tale we were frequently told by Mrs Cole and Miss Potts, of a former pupil, who had written on her skin with the ink provided in the ink wells on our desks, and had made herself very ill, and died of blood poisoning. Whether or not this story was true or not, it was sufficiently effective in deterring me from ever wanting to write on my own skin, preferring a rough jotter instead. This may also be at the root of my aversion to body art, but I digress.

ME: “OK Minime, so someone on Facebook has asked you to write in ink on your wrist…. “KEEP FIGHTING?’

MINIME: “Yes Mum, to highlight the fact that people self harm, and to raise awareness of their problems”

ME: “That’s ok, Minime, I was just trying to get things straight in my head. As you know, I find Self Harming a very serious subject, and having been a self harmer myself, at various times of my life, when events were out of my control, I heartily understand your desire to make the plight of these people known.”

MINIME: “That’s a relief Mum, I thought that you were going to tell me off for writing on myself, and make me wash it off!”

ME: “Sorry darling, I don’t know whether to tell you off, and make you wash it off, or wear it all day to show how gullible you are?”

MINIME: “What do you mean?”

ME: “The act of writing on yourself, is in itself a form of self-defacement/self-harm and in doing so, you are not helping to raise awareness at all, you are publicising to join the club of self harmers!” You really are a silly girl, kind hearted but silly, now go and scrub that ridiculous thing off your wrist”

She did, and stormed out of the house wordless. Kids! tut!