Eventually. After what seems like an eternity we do seem to have escaped right out to what is known as the countryside. It’s taken a while and it hasn’t been a straight even path but we have made it and our next little adventure has well and truly begun.
Sorry for disappearing
First things first though, we do have a serious apology to make to all of you for disappearing these past few weeks. It’s been a bit full on and busy but that really is no excuse not to keep in touch and update our blog so we throw ourselves at the mercy of the court and hope that you can find it in your hearts to forgive us (slightly dramatic).
Last time you saw us we were in a fabulous Airbnb up in Northamptonshire in a charming village called Middleton Cheney. Our two months there were a delight and we absolutely loved the apartment and the countryside all around us, thoroughly enjoying our regular hikes and walks around Banbury, Brackley, Towcester and more.
It was lovely being near our eldest son Shaun and his even lovelier wife Katie and we tried to make the most of our time living so close. But our property search had taken us back down to Wiltshire and resulted in us buying a two bed bungalow near Devizes. Time to put down some roots.
Off to Wiltshire
Strangely we had been taken to Devizes, Calne and Chippenham by the TV team when we were featured on Escape to the Country so knew the area fairly well. Plus spending the whole of the Autumn in Melksham seemed to seal our love of Wiltshire and when Jo saw the property online we immediately arranged a viewing and fell for it.
After travelling with all our belongings on our backs for the past seven years it was plainly obvious that we would need to buy one or two items. In fact we needed everything! Can you imagine just how much stuff that is? No knives or forks, sheets, towels, tools, anything! Our online shopping has gone through the roof in the past few weeks!!!
So we moved in at the beginning of April and very kindly our good friends Richard and Dee offered us their spare room for as long as we needed it whilst we got ourselves straight. Three days of cleaning and tidying and buying second hand furniture ensued and by the end of the weekend we moved in for real. Jo had amazingly found a bed company that sold and delivered a new bed within a week so once that was in we were good to go.
Our new home
It isn’t a new build and has had a single guy living there for a year or so which has left it requiring a bit of work but we’re in no rush and have time to do what we want and the pace to want to do it. The kitchen and bathroom could both do with renewing or changing, and we need new carpets throughout but again we will get around to that in time.
Sam and Tabitha came for a weekend and seriously rolled up their sleeves to help with a few big jobs which was incredibly helpful. We needed a wardrobe demolishing and a shed taking down and they’re both very good in the destruction field.
When we were looking for a new home there were a few requirements for where we would live. A small village with a country pub and a shop and a friendly community spirit. This is exactly what we seem to have got now. A fabulous pub and shop and the people have been so very welcoming and friendly. We are so looking forward to getting to know more people and getting involved in the local community. Our next adventure I reckon.
So the answer is ‘Yes. We definitely have escaped to the country‘.
31/03 – 28/04/2022