What are we all about?

The focus of this blog is simple - and that's the goal too. A more simple way of life. A life in tune with the rhythms of nature and of human nature. Where everything has its time and place and purpose, including us.

We have left the rat race behind and taken on new challenges. We aim to tread as lightly as we can upon the planet, to reconnect with nature, to eat good food, drink excellent wine, enjoy the best of company.... even if that is sometimes just our own! Please feel free to eavesdrop from time to time on our lives and see how we are doing and if you are ever in Extremadura... drop us an email and we'll give you directions.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

YAY! At last!

Well that's it!  We have exchanged contracts.  For those not familiar with the really awful house buying law in England, this means that we have reached a point of no return.  Our buyers have paid a deposit and signed a contract promising to pay the rest on a date specified by us.  That date is 16th November.  YAY!  We are finally going!

A moment to reflect on how much this house has meant to us.  It's been our home for sixteen years, during which time a lot has happened to us.  It was never our dream home, we bought it because it had enough bedrooms for our large family and was on a regular bus route to both Oxford and Witney (our local market town), and most importantly it was within our budget.  It needed work doing to it, but we were more than happy to do it, and we have had some very happy times here.


The buyers of our house came to see us today, bringing with them a small flock of tradesmen.  Double glazing salesman, carpet seller, painter and decorator, and a bottle of champagne. We left them to roam the house pointing out where they wanted things changed or painted or whatever.... we expected it to feel strange, but it didn't.  At last we have reached a place where we feel really happy for this young couple starting out on their life adventure together.  To get really sentimental, we feel that our house deserves a nice young couple with their lives ahead of them and, no doubt, so many exciting adventures to come.


 Things have been very stressful here this year, on top of a very difficult last five years, so I forced myself to remember why we are going to Spain.    The image that came to mind was of me lazily stretching out a hand to pick an orange from the tree. And almost instantly I felt calmer.  I will try to keep that image close over the next couple of weeks and of course keep you all posted.  It's going to be a very busy fortnight and then possibly a few days of no internet access... but I will blog even a short one before we actually go just to keep you up to date.



6 comments:

  1. I am so pleased to hear this Jane, at last you are able to move on. I really enjoyed my visit to you, and new instantly that you are just as nice a person in the flesh as you are online. I wish you lots of happiness in your new home.

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    1. Thank you so much Ilona for saying such nice things. I hope that you might consider a little holiday in Spain sometime?

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  2. Wow! Congrats! Just getting you, pets and your goods there now

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  3. At last, your chance to get going and not just be in limbo. The worst bit of not being able to get on with it is over. Yay, hurrah :)

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  4. How exciting:) Wishing you all the happiness life can hold in your much awaited move. Hopefully you will keep blogging to let us know how things go:) Hope the fur babies soon settle in♥ xx

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    1. Thank you so much for all the kind comments and Oh yes, I shall definitely be keeping up with the blog, and hopefully it will start to get back to what it is supposed to be. Useful information about how to live a simpler life without denying yourself the 'fruits' of the modern world.

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