So something positive has come out of Covid for myself and Mr O – we’ve moved to where we used to go on holiday and are now proud homeowners!
We took advantage of the no stamp duty and also the help to buy scheme from the government and bought a new build in the lovely village of Blackawton in the South Hams.
We came down to Dittisham on holiday in September and stayed at Tunis Cottage again which is right on the quay, with a view to die for, lots of boats and the river 5 feet away from our front door (depending on the tides!). If you’ve not been to Dittisham – have a look, it’s so pretty!
At breakfast one morning – we started the “wouldn’t it be nice to live here” conversation which progressed into “Well, we could – couldn’t we?” Mr O has worked from home since March and I can work from anywhere, although it would mean starting again with building clients up but I could do that.
So the conversation became a reality – we found a house on right move which happened to be in one of our favourite villages and we called the builder on Wednesday afternoon and by Saturday morning, had put our reservation fee down!
Because we rented in Bowdon – we were able to move really quickly – we moved the 261 miles south on 8th January and are now well and truly settled in to Devon village life. The local pub – The George Inn – looks fantastic and although it’s shut at the moment because of Covid, it is offering a takeaway service which we took advantage of last Saturday and will be going back for more this weekend!
Blackawton has a community shop staffed by volunteers so I’m hoping to take a shift or two – that seems to be a great way to get to know people and what’s going on.
Getting Relaxing Reflexology back up and running has been put on hold whilst we are in lockdown. I had meetings set up with 3 lovely clinics in Chillington, Totnes and Dartmouth but have had to postpone these till we can go about our normal lives again so watch this space! You can of course contact me for any advice or to ask anything about reflexology and the treatments I offer.
Moving is stressful and can be overwhelming but if you take each room one by one, unpack, get it looking lovely – that each room is an achievement. We got the lounge done first so we had somewhere to relax and sit comfortably in the evening and enjoy a glass of wine. Top tip – put the kettle, mugs, milk, tea, coffee etc. with plenty of nice biscuits at hand and also a nice bottle of wine and some pizzas. I think a chippy tea is usually the dinner of choice on moving day but now we live out in the countryside – we don’t have the option of a local chippy or deliveroo. Dartmouth is not too far away but a “big shop” will now mean a trip to Exeter or Plymouth.
Lots will have to change, compromises made and we miss our family and friends and will be popping back to Cheshire for regular visits.
If I feel a bit wobbly – which I do sometimes – we drive the 10 minutes to the beach to walk each morning and remember why we moved and how lucky we are to live here and then I feel OK and I’m getting much better at tackling the infamous Devon single track lanes! It’s said that this is how locals judge if you’re a local or a “grockle” – how fast you can reverse to a passing place!