The May be move?

We arranged to to Cornwall during the early May Bank Holiday, to maybe visit the house we hoped to buy. 

I handed my notice in at work (have to give a whole terms notice), got home and the house chain had fallen apart…………….

The joys of moving house.

We had a lovely weekend in Cornwall though.

Flushing and ferry
Flushing village
Walk through bluebell woods

We put our house back on the market and waited.

New Year, new story. A move to the Cornish Coast.

This should be a life changing year. 

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!

Why now?

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.

How travel distances have changed, Isochronic Passage chart for travellers.
Royal Geographic Society 1881

January 2018

Another art class, a little “Monet Madness”. I quite like this dotty style of painting. 

Those water lilies
Slightly different style, idea from a Monet painting.


Another visit to Cornwall but with a purpose.

House hunting. 

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.

Cornwall in February, unfortunately saw no views as good as this one.

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. 

We made an offer on a house.

The beach on a grey Easter day


Lots of work and box packing. 

Early winter

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

Views of Maisie Cat after art class inspiration

Pencil drawing

Winter walks

We continued our walking of the MacMillan Way from Flore to Moreton Pinkney.

Heading away from Flore church

December snow

Autumn changes.

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
  • go travelling
  • 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.

Photography course in Bath

I spent a sunny Saturday in Bath learning the many things that my digital SLR camera can do. Was a great course run by the Royal Photographic Society.
Here are some of the results.

Moving water using shutter speed priority

The Avon Canal, Bath

Bath’s most photographed bicycle

Aperture priority

Beautiful blossom using aperture priority

Rule of thirds

New crew member

This is Maisie.
From a Blue Cross rehoming centre, she has found a new comfy berth.
We are keeping her in at the moment so that she does not jump ship.
She seems pretty content though.

We did not do very much else in November (other than work). Work life balance will be a real priority for 2017.
Maisie continued to settle in well though.
She is quite a character seemingly shy and hiding in all sorts of strange places then leaping around chasing her favourite ladybird toy. It is great coming home weary from work to a welcoming meow.

Maisie settling in

Maisie at work

Why a virtual travel cafe?

We travel not to escape life……… but for life not to escape us   (anonymous)IMG_0299

The idea for this website came from wanting to enliven the everyday.
One day we would love to give up work and walk or sail off into the sunset.
Mostly though we plan and dream of our escape from the comfort of our red wine coloured sofa.

The photo above was taken near the edge of Northampton. We don’t need to travel far to escape the ordinary, we just need to know where to look.

A real life travel cafe would offer travel ideas, comfy sofas and delicious food.

The Virtual Travel Cafe aims to inspire, fuel the imagination and hopefully take you further afield.