Friday, 27 July 2007

My First Blog Post Ever!

I decided to start this blog about our future simply because it's going to be a different way of life away from the rat race. Something AWESOME happened today that gave us our first step forward to realising our dream. First of all, an introduction...

How we got to where we're at now: We've lived in the same place for 25 years, our kids who we're very proud of had left home with careers to follow. So there we were, happy together but rattling round a big house with nothing left to offer us... Even with great memories from our past in that place, we needed to move on, besides you can take memories with you wherever you go... And we also had our precious dreams, so why not do something about it? What had we got to lose? We both realised it was time to get away from the suburbs & make the move to a more rural area, this was what we wanted to do...

None of this was practical till a few months ago when we made the decision to sell up & started discussing our options...

Buy a house in the country? Too expensive when you want a 360 view...
Buy a narrowboat? Too small...
Move to Florida - our second home...?
 

It turned out to be a Visa nightmare, with a waiting list of up to 2 years...
 
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So till today we were just biding our time & concentrating on getting the house ready to sell, neither of us panicked about it - like we knew there was something out there for us, all we had to do was wait...
 
We've walked the canals for years yet after ruling out a narrowboat, today was different, we almost didn't go for a walk because I wasn't feeling very well, but we did. We almost didn't stop for a brew at the marina cafe afterwards, but we did. We almost walked past our (unknown) dream without looking back, but something made Dave turn his head... He saw a boat on the end of the pier with a "FOR SALE" sign in the window. I carried on walking away (dream on), but something made me turn around & look. We both walked down towards it & noticed it was wider than the others, for all our travels down the towpath we hadn't noticed WIDTH. We asked the owner if it was still for sale, "Yes & it's only just over a year old" came the reply...
 
We got the guided tour of a boat called "Takey Tezey" & we were totally in awe of it. The magic of the lifestyle, the boat itself & the space on board captured our imagination, it was exactly what we'd been looking for even though we didn't know it! We stayed there for a couple of hours just talking to the owners about their life afloat. It was intriguing & surreal...
 
During our drive back to the house we were like a couple of kids in a schoolyard chanting "WE CAN DO THIS, WE CAN DO THIS...!" All the way home... Then we had to remove the rose tinted glasses & discuss the reality of it all, this wasn't something we were going to rush into & potentially regret later. It needed a lot of thinking about first...
 
Something I've learned: You've only got one life so make the most of every day... 
 
The bigger picture: Is this our destiny...?