It’s now two weeks since we departed from the city, in a move that went very smoothly on the whole. Well, I say smoothly but I don’t think the husband, who spent four hours on the motorway waiting to be rescued after the hire van broke down when he was returning it to London, would actually agree with that definition. But I was blissfully unaware of this slight hiccup as the new house is a mobile signal free zone, something I was initially freaked out about but now definitely enjoy.
It is, on the whole, a very quiet house indeed. There are no sirens going past regularly (make that at all, actually), no planes taking off and making the windows shake, no people shouting in the street outside, no neighbours watching us through our windows. Just complete peace and quiet interrupted only by the occasional sheep baaing or cow mooing. The cat has met a sheep but sadly I wasn’t around to witness it. She seems to be coping quite well with the changes though – actually better than I am as my heart was racing when I had to walk through a field of cows. In my defence though, they are absolutely huge and they watched us intently until we were out of sight. I’m sure we’ll all get along fine eventually, though.
Organisation has been a bit of a problem with the first week alone including four trips to the supermarket, a 25-minute drive away, as we were still doing shops to last just a few days. Some advice from a pub landlady we met – ‘think big with the shopping’. Think deliveries for the shopping is my motto, when the broadband finally works of course but that’s a whole other story for another day.
But none of this matters as what we moved here for is the space, the scenery and the sea. It rained a lot for the first few days, and despite the rumour going round that it’s summer we’ve also had fog, mist and very high winds, but as soon as the sun shone off to the beach we went. And out on the cliffs, and through the woodlands, and across the fields. Space, natural beauty and a lot less people, it seems like this might have been the best decision we made in a long time. Now, we just have to get all those plans for a country life and more words on the page in motion!