Thursday, 6 November 2014

Hopes dashed in the wind and rain at the edge of the world.

So here I am finally getting round to telling you about our trip to Lewis last week.  I'm going to cut to the chase - it was not a success. The house itself was pretty much as we expected, if a little unkempt due to it not having been lived in for a while.

The first problem arose when Harry said he didn't like his room as it would have been in the extention and slightly away from the main part of the house.

Then as we looked around the areas outside it transpired we could not do as we had hoped with the land. It was so boggy we would have been unable to have pigs/sheep on it long term so there were pens closer to the house than we would have liked. Plus the field across the road had common grazing rights and we would not be able to put services across for  anything like toilets if we hoped to us it as a small camping area.

However the killer was that Harry got very upset. After talking to him he explained he wanted to do all the exciting things like climbing, fishing, beach-combing etc, but it was just too far out of the way for him. We think it was very brave of him, as an 8 year old, to say what was on his mind, even though it was a tough thing to do. We would never try and make the boys think it would all be ok, just because it had been a dream of ours for everybody.

So on our return, and after a few days thinking, we know we have made the correct decision for all of us not to move to Lewis.

Most people go an hour or so down the road to look at a house they may buy. We took the risk and made the commitment to go that little bit further! If we had not gone we would have regretted it we know for sure; you regret more the things you don't do that the things you do.

So onwards and upwards. We have hit the ground running, though, and are preparing to go see some properties very soon. We still intend to live our Good life of growing and making our own food, keeping a few animals and chickens and try to give our boys the best childhood we possibly can. 

So watch this space. xx


  1. I'm sorry it didn't work lovely I'm glad that Harry was honest not many children would feel able to which says a lot about you two as parents. I hope you can find a suitable place for your dreams :) xx

  2. Thanks for that Hannah. It was definitely a case of you don't know until you go. We will find the right spot in time.x

  3. Hello. I thought I'd introduce myself as I'm your new follower and found you when reading Jennibellie's tutorial on Smash books and your comment linked back to your blog. I've just started making journals and doing a bit of book binding so the next step is a Smash book. I've enjoyed reading some of your posts and so here I am. Sorry this isn't anything to do with your visit to Lewis but hope you find something to your liking soon. Patricia

  4. Hi Patricia. It is so lovely when people bother to comment so thank you for that! Lewis, as you have possibly seen from my latest post, did not work out but hey ho and on we go! Look forward to you enjoying future posts and a bit of banter. Look forward to seeing your Smash books so don't hesitate to share! xx


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