Perspective: What egg-actly is in a name?

MANY years ago, I lived in a cute little two-bedroom mid-terraced home with a plant climbing a trellis and trailing over the front door.

In the spring this burst into bloom, putting on a lovely display of fragrant blossom.

It made me think about giving the place a name, Honeysuckle Cottage, but I never did.

Perhaps the current owners will, if the honeysuckle is still there.

Now I am thinking about giving a name to my present home, in preparation for a future event, after receiving a press release last week.


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This informed me that homes with names can be easier to sell than those with just numbers.

Four thousand people were quizzed and seven per cent of them said they would be prepared to pay more for a home just because it had a name.

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One in five people assumed that a named home would be an older property with character while about the same number thought it would be in a nice area.

Records reveal that around 1.4 million of the 26 million homes in the UK have names. So what should I call my abode? Although it has a cottagy feel, I’m minded not to dub it The Cottage which is the most popular UK house name. Runner-up is Rose Cottage which has a ring about it and there are rose bushes in my front garden but I think I’ll pass on that one.

The third most popular name is the rather uninspiring The Bungalow but as mine is a two-storey house, that won’t do. Dun Roamin remains a firm favourite but that has always sounded Scottish to me.

Why not go for something really unusual in a bid to cement a deal when it comes to sale time.

All sorts of things come to mind. How about I’m Cuddly, Buy Me or the even more direct What A Bargain! Then there could be the advisory A Great Investment.

The possibilities are endless. All I have to do now is decide on a winning title.

While I am doing that, I could enjoy a leisurely breakfast. An egg salad sounds appealing.

For a change from chicken eggs, I could pop into Waitrose which is about to stock the eggs of rheas, flightless birds which look like small ostriches.

It would certainly be a leisurely meal taking into consideration preparation time as rhea eggs are ten times the size of hens’ eggs and take about 90 minutes to hard boil.

Also on some Tesco shelves from next week will be turkey eggs. Do I hear you say, I didn’t know turkeys laid eggs? Well of course they do, silly, but they lay fewer eggs than those super producer hens so until now most of the supplies have been used to breed the birds for the Christmas market.

Before you all start rushing off to the seven Waitrose stores selling turkey eggs, let me tell you they will cost �1.99 for two. Rhea eggs will be even more exclusive, being available at just two stores in the country priced at �25 a time.

I think I’ll stick to chicken eggs.

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