Fortunately our house move did not clash with our holiday.
We flew to Rome and stayed there for two nights.
We got an early flight, so were able to visit the Vatican city on the Saturday.
On the Sunday we visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Although we had booked tickets in advance we still had to queue for the Roman Forum.
We returned to the airport at Rome by coach to pick up a hire car. We drove to the agriturismo we had booked for our stay. In hindsight it was quite a long drive, but the countryside was beautiful. Italian roads and motorways are a bit crazy, Richard had to have his wits about him.
We have put our house on the market and are planning to move to the Cornish coast!
Excited, apprehensive, guilty for contemplating living further away from loved ones. All of these emotions and more!
We have always hoped to move to Cornwall one day. We love this beautiful coastline. We have realistic expectations, we have lots of experience of Cornish rain.
Not getting any younger. Need to fulfil my teenage ambition of being a beach bum before everything sags any further.
Richard would be nearer to his beloved boat.
Job has become overwhelming. Richard’s job could finish anytime. We would like to continue working, but could try something new and have time to become part of the community before retirement.
Although we live in a lovely part of the country, when we have free time, we always yearn to be in Cornwall.
Family would visit as they love it there too. Being Granny by the seaside is appealing.
People we know that have done it absolutely love it!
The map below shows how much smaller the world has become. We can return to Northamptonshire in less than 5 hours. We could fly from Newquay to Birmingham. The youngsters could decide to move themselves somewhere further away, they certainly enjoy travelling.
Another art class, a little “Monet Madness”. I quite like this dotty style of painting.
Another visit to Cornwall but with a purpose.
We had a good look around the Falmouth area. We visited two houses, both with sea views and parking. Not in love with them though.
Our house sold subject to contract.
Marching on and the search is narrowing.
I am now a Granny. So need to find a seaside abode.
We have started to like Flushing, opposite Falmouth and the warmest place in England (apparently). Two pubs and great community. Beaches and a ferry over to Falmouth.
I enjoyed an art class “Wild watercolours” by Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art, Wakefield, Towcester. There are a variety of craft courses such as painting and drawing, jewellery making, glass fusing. Details can be found on their website
As the seasons change and the daylight hours reduce, Richard and I have been considering the Autumn of our lives.
The most popular options considered by people changing their lifestyle are:
open a coffee shop
open a bed and breakfast.
When I started this website I was going through a coffee shop phase (great to be so predictable eh?)
I read a book about coffee shops which quickly identified the pitfalls including the ever increasing numbers of coffee shops. I think I would enjoy letting rooms if a property offered a degree of privacy. We have enjoyed many a good bed and breakfast during our travels and have met many lifestyle changers who have successfully chosen this option. Being able to let a property completely would enable us to do more……… travelling! Next year we are visiting Rome and Tuscany. I have downloaded my Italian speaking course in readiness. I hope to visit Vinci as am still having a Leonardo moment. I have recently been having a dabble at watercolours.
First water colour attempts. Helpful criticism welcome!
I would like to pursue something more creative, but initially will probably continue my present occupation in a new location.
It was great to spend a few days near Falmouth, even though the weather was not great. We had planned to walk some South West Coast path and drove to the North Coast to walk from Port Isaac to Rock. But it was so grey and dismal we drove there instead. We visited Trelissick and went inside the house for the first time.
We enjoyed a unexpectedly sunny sail around the creek to St Mawes and Falmouth.
We enjoyed a walk around the Lost (but definitely found) Gardens of Heligan.
We then drove on to Mevagissey and wandered around the harbour.
We had a great two weeks sailing along the English coast from Falmouth to Salcombe, the Channel Islands and the North French coast.
We could not believe our luck weather wise, a perfect sunrise welcomed us as we set sail early Sunday morning.
We sailed along the English coast to Salcombe.We arrived during the regatta week with small sailing vessels cutting across our path at every angle.
Our next destination was the Channel Islands. We were welcomed to Guernsey by our 4th pod of dolphins. We have never seen so many dolphins in one sailing holiday.
From Guernsey we visited a surprisingly quiet Sark. This small rugged island seemed a little out of sorts compared to previous trips. After a steep climb from our mooring we enjoyed exploring this eccentric island.
From Sark we travelled to Jersey. The Port at St Helier is guarded by Elizabeth Castle.
We wandered along the coast towards St Aubin. The pictures show the terrific tidal ranges experienced for most of this holiday. Every departure and arrival had to be carefully planned.
From Jersey we sailed to Ile de Brehat on the Northern Brittany coast. We are fond of this french island. It is very popular with French tourists who arrive daily aboard vedettes. It never really feels crowded though and the day trippers depart early evening.
We sailed along the french coast to Trebuerden.
102 mile journey home (20 hours)