7 February 2018

MOVING TO CORNWALL, ONE YEAR ON



Yesterday marked our one year anniversary of moving to the very south west of England, to beautiful Cornwall. Honesty, I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that a whole year ago we were driving from our hotel in Exeter to move into this pretty cottage by-the-sea that we had always dreamed about. 

It still feels like a dream every single day, and I love that it does, because it is pure heaven; I still do exactly the same things now that I did 365 days ago: I walk out of the front door and stand on the patio in total silence, breathing in the fresh air and listening to the sound of the sea and the birds chirping away. I still walk down the path, from the patio to the back gate, and stand staring out to the ocean at Cudden Point, far in the distance, and watch the waves crashing against the cliffs. It feels totally surreal every time I drive home from the gym and hug the coast line as the road winds back to the cottage; it is so magical every single day and I will never take the fact that we live here now for granted.



The one thing that I would change is getting out and seeing more places, which is something that I am trying to do this year. It is super easy to almost forget that there are so many amazing things right on the door step but, being completely honest, this last twelve months has been so busy and even the weekends have been taken up with business plans and blog 'stuff'. 2018 is definitely going to be a year of exploring more and making more use of the National Trust membership too as there is really no excuse to get out and find new, beautiful places here.

When it comes to the move itself, there are zero regrets. For reasons I cannot explain, since my very first visit to Cornwall years ago, I have felt a 'pull' to this area over and over again. The very first visit to the county was to stay in a tiny cottage in the little fishing village of Newlyn, right next door to Penzance. I remember driving into the town and feeling like I had been there before, it was a weird, yet wonderful, feeling and my mind was made up, I had to live in Cornwall some day!


Being right next to the ocean is calming for me and all the other nature that surrounds you in this environment makes it even more special. Gizmo is so happy jumping about in the garden too and has now learnt way too many 'country cat' ways! She can now climb a palm tree (something she tried to do when she first got let out here and proceeded to get stuck and have to shuffle, very clumsily, back down again!). She hunts now... not a good thing for us, but I know it is 'what they do', plus she has a pub opposite which we are convinced is the reason why we had the skin of quite a large fish outside the house recently!

If any of you guys are thinking about making a move to your dream location and want my advice, I would say go for it! You are never going to have every single detail lined up, but if you want it enough you will make it work and it is worth it! We have had to sacrifice many things to get here; I quit my job, gave up my car and basically live in clothes that have holes in, but one year on things are starting to shift and I wouldn't change one thing.


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  1. You're such an inspiration Lucy. You followed your dreams and you keep working towards them each and every day. I can't wait to see what this year holds for you.
    Peta xx
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