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How you can afford to move to Cornwall

By March 6, 2017 Escape, Thoughts
How you can afford to move to Cornwall

2 years ago, if you’d said to me ‘you’ll live in Cornwall, work part-time and still have enough money to pay the bills and have occasional treats’ I wouldn’t have believed you. Because I honestly thought we couldn’t afford it.

It wasn’t until my other half, who is a sucker for a good spreadsheet, worked out exactly what we could afford to live on and how much we needed to earn.  And it was surprisingly a hell of a lot less than we realised.

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How I changed my life and moved to Cornwall: one year on

By November 20, 2016 Thoughts
South Fistral October

I’m an honest person. I don’t believe in bullshit or painting a rosy picture when I’m having a crap time. I’m also a realist, and knew that uprooting my life and moving it 200 miles away was never going to be easy, but I knew with all my heart that it was the right thing to do.

This is a very honest post about my rollercoaster first year of living in Cornwall.

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10 great things about my first week in Cornwall

By November 30, 2015 Love, Thoughts
Little Fistral main

Hello from the other side…

I have been a Cornish resident for a week now and already I feel at home, like I was always meant to be here. No pangs of homesickness or yearning for my former life.

I took the week off work to focus on unpacking, settling in, getting aquainted with the village where we’re living and get all the boring admin stuff out of the way that goes along with a house move.

It was also a perfect excuse to take some time out and relax after what has been a pretty stressful time.

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I’m moving to Cornwall!

By October 22, 2015 Escape, Thoughts

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Today we got the news we have been waiting weeks for. We have exchanged contracts which means it’s now legally binding and fully official….

We’re moving to Cornwall!

Despite being a relatively easy and quick process this time round, with only having to sell a house and not buy as well, it’s still felt really drawn out. I have lacked motivation and felt in limbo over the past few weeks as we haven’t been able to start packing until this point, in case for some reason, the sale didn’t go through. I guess as well, it hasn’t really felt real.

But now we have 4 weeks to pack up our life in the West Midlands, say our goodbyes and make the 240 mile journey to our new home.

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Limbo land

By September 27, 2015 Thoughts

Limbo land

I’m in a very strange place right now.

Since putting our house on the market last month, project ‘big move‘ has gathered momentum at a pretty rapid pace. Our house sale is heading towards the final stages now and in the next couple of weeks, we are hoping to have a date for d-day… or maybe that should be C-day.

After the initial surge of excitement, making plans and setting things in motion, the happy feelings have turned towards fear and stress. Only natural I guess with such a big move but I didn’t anticipate the lack of motivation. There’s so much to do and things I wanted to get done before we left the Midlands, like making sure my fitness levels were the best they could be, but I think in my heart, we have already left and in a way, it feels like I have disconnected and switched off.

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The big move

By August 31, 2015 Escape

The big move

On the journey home from Cornwall a few weeks ago, I was determined to be positive and happily reflect on an amazing holiday.

By the time we reached Devon my resolve vanished. We stopped for coffee at the services and whilst standing in the queue, the floodgates opened. I couldn’t speak for the lump in my throat and the usually enticing cake display blurred behind a sea of tears.

I probably sound like an ungrateful child who cries at the end of the party because they don’t want to go home. But those who love surfing and being by the coast, especially the ones inland will understand how gut wrenching it is to leave it all behind. To return to landlockedsville when you don’t know when the next surf will be is like being a fish plucked out of water.

It was the last straw and the final push I needed. I didn’t want to leave it all behind again.

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