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Being Here

Having a holiday always makes me dread coming home, I just never want our good times to stop. Not that home life is crap, but there is room for improvement with our work. I really have felt fed up with the constant cleaning, the washing & especially the ironing... 
Yes we get paid fairly well for what we do, but it's hard bloody work! I really can't wait to slow down & since our return - we've been talking about making some changes yet again...

Our B&B is going great - we're booked up for all this month & we've had lots of lovely guests, so we're definitely going to prepare another en-suite room for next year. 
We both love having folks to stay & find it much more enjoyable than our day job.
So a move towards doing the B&B full time is looking very good indeed at the moment, especially as our last guests have inspired us to think about offering more than just a bed & meals.

We dream of being home based, of having the opportunity to grow all our own food & we think this may just happen next year... We are busy making plans & it's exciting. Neither of us can believe that our dreams are coming true. Ok it's taken over 20 years to come about, but as Sime always says - there's no point in rushing!

We were talking while away about how unconventional our lives have been, the adventures we've enjoyed - from secretly getting married, selling up to travel (with the kids), living in France, driving across America, home educating, moving to Cornwall & being self employed - it continues to be an incredible journey, one that has been going on for over 25 years... Wow, how time flies!

Our lives will constantly change & I love that. Maybe we'll one day find the place we want to spend the rest of our days, but for now - we are very much enjoying being here.

Before we do settle somewhere, we have always wanted to try out living in different environments...
Next to the sea, on a mountain & deep in a forest. So we're doing the sea thing & I suppose we have lived in a forest.
Our last house - the reason we moved to Cornwall was a fantastic place, a house that the 5 of us are still very  fond of & yet we were only there for just over 2 years & the location wasn't as rural as where we are now, but it was a magical place & one day, Sime will probably write about it...

We decided to have a peak at it while we were on holiday, as it's fairly close to Bodmin & we fancied visiting our favourite woods...

The house is on the Camel Trail.
An 18 mile track, which used to be a railway line.

The house has 7 acres of land...

And several barns...
Sime's band used to practice in the barn on the top right. 
The one on the left, we called Humphrey's Barn & we had plans to turn it into a little shop.
We also served refreshments at the front of the house.

The owners of the house worked abroad & wanted us to live there long term...
Until they split up & had to sell it.
We looked after their 2 dogs & cat, there were 3 donkeys & we had  bought 2 goats from the local smallholders fair... Sal also had 2 rats! 

The back of the house.
It is known locally as the witches house...

It was fantastic to have this place to ourselves...

The River Camel.
 We called this bit off the trail - the beach...

About a quarter of a mile from the house you can come off the trail & go into the woods...

It was wonderful to be back...

'Our woods'

We haven't been in these woods for nearly 8 years.
They've changed quite a bit!

We sat & had a bite to eat...

And this was the view from below...

The main forest track...

This track we called 2nd steep, it isn't as steep as 1st steep!
The trees have all gone on the left... 

A beautiful day!

It was lovely to be there again...
 But for all it's beauty - the sound of the main road traffic is very loud. I think we are really aware of noise so much more since living in a quiet place.
We're glad we have moved on & expect when we move again it will be even further away from civilisation.

Kay (& Sime)
xx


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