I have spent days keeping my cake-hole firmly zipped, desperately wanting to blurt out to the world what wonders are soon to be bestowed upon us. I needed to be absolutely a trillion percent certain that it was really going to happen and I wasn't going to end up with a face smothered in yellow yokey stuff.
So here goes...
***Drum roll please***
We are moving house!!!
Yes, we have been fortunate enough to meet with a very special family who are paving the way for our dream life to come true. As a bonus, it is still remaining in Devon - but Mid-Devon so it is still a completely new area to explore and new friends are needing to be made (whilst old friends are still very much able to visit). I'm still quite in a state of shock if I'm honest, going through the motions but not really believing what is about to happen.
When I say... *about* ... to happen, I mean, about to happen very soon. How soon? Are you sitting down? How about Saturday? Yes, this Saturday. Saturday 13th October, 2012.
It really is the most fantastic place. A dream house AND the land we have longed for. The house itself has a kitchen / diner which is what I have yearned for for so long - I really think it adds something to a family home to have a nice family friendly kitchen area. I just know I will spend far more time cooking and baking knowing that I'm not cut off from the rest of the crew which is how it feels in this place. There is a large living area, 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and the most amazing attic room I have truly ever seen. I just love everything about the house, from the deliciously scrumptious front door (I will have to take a picture so you will see for yourselves what I mean), to the fabulously chunky wooden window sills - screaming out for quirky nik naks and seasonal displays.
Outside there is just under one acre of land. There are numerous outbuildings including a garage/workshop, shed, greenhouse, stable, pig house and chicken coops. The outside space needs a lot of work but we are so excited about the challenge that awaits us and really can't wait to start on the whole new chapter of our lives. All being well, and finances allowing, there may be the option to rent a further 5 acres of land just a short way away, but we shall see how we manage with what we have first. It will be all too easy to jump in at the deep end, get completely overwhelmed and exhausted with it all, and give up. I am adamant that that is not going to happen so am trying to curb my overflowing bubbling enthusiasm and remember that taking small baby steps is a far more sensible option.
Baby steps with monstrous amounts of enthusiasm, that is what it will have to be.
So, from this Saturday onwards our lives will change. I will be
struggling with learning how to cook using a Rayburn, spending a great deal of time outdside in my own blissful corner of the land, and getting the indoors mightily ship shape and homely.
I want to simplify things.
More home cooking and baking, less processed foods. I want to be more financially astute, spending the minimum and gaining the maximum. I want to barter, swap, and skill exchange. I want to become as self-sufficient as possible food wise; growing our own fruit and veg, keeping goats for milk and cheese and chickens for eggs. Less screen time and more sweating buckets to live the dream time.
I can't wait.
Things will be quiet in blog land and on the Classroom Free website as we can't have the phone or internet connected until October 30th. Rest assured I shall be taking plenty of photographs and will be keeping a progress record via before and after exhibits.
*Squeal* It really is happening isn't it? *Pinches herself just one more time...*