A year ago, on the 31st March 2016 to be precise, my husband, Jessie – our dog and myself embarked on what was, for us, the biggest adventure we have ever had together. We moved from the south east, from East Sussex to be precise, all along the south coast to the beautiful county of Devon.
For us it was a giant step into the unknown. I had previously lived in Cornwall from the age of ten to twenty three years of age and had loved my time there. But this move was many years later and to a different county. Alan by contrast, had spent all his life in the south east, only having visited Devon on holidays.
We had talked about the possibility of a big move so many times and hesitated. It seemed such a enormous change and at our time of life, could we do it? :-). But we both believed that now was the time to do the deed or we would always be wondering whether it was a good step or not for the rest of our lives.
Twelve months later, I look back with a sense of wonder and delight. Our experiences have exceeded our expectations. And we are both aware that we have only scratched the surface of the places we can visit and the things we can accomplish within this area we now find ourselves.
This past year has been a time of meeting new people and making new friends; of getting to grips with a different doctors, dentists, vets and local authority; of joining new groups; and of bringing our new home kicking and screaming into the twenty first century, with gas being connected, a boiler and central heating system installed; and a complete refit of the bathroom and kitchen. And it would be most remiss for me not to mention, the sterling work Alan has carried out on the front and back gardens.
With everything being done in our new home, it has meant that our exploring of the area has been limited. What we have seen has charmed us and made us want to see more. We are looking forward to the warmer weather when we can visit different parts of the county and even explore Cornwall.
There are those who would say that it’s no big deal – we have only moved to a different part of the same country. For ourselves, we have noticed great differences, which I hope to expand upon further in future blog posts. Overall I am so thrilled we chose the Devon way.