Around a year or so ago, Clare and I made a big decision. We had no idea it would take so long, or be so complex, but there we go – definitely one of those, “easier said than done” ideas for sure! Our decision was to move away and start a new life, in the country. In Cornwall to be more precise.
Having lived in the city of Bristol for twenty years now, we both decided it was time to try something different. Very different. We’ve both gone through a lot of personal changes in the last few years. Giving birth to two little boys and basically growing up (a bit anyway) I guess have been the main ones. We both grew up in the country (Clare was actually an Essex Girl to start with), and really appreciate how great a childhood that was and how advantageous that could be in today’s modern society. So, knowing that our oldest, Dennis, would be starting school the following September, and having totted up the funds and made the sums add up, it felt like the time was right. We had a chance to grab the dream by the scruff of the neck and do whatever it took to make it happen. Since then, it has nearly been de-railed so many times, for various reasons, but I’m writing this now because finally, despite it all, we have managed to make it happen – we are now Cornish! (well, sort of!)
Why Cornwall and Falmouth? Well, we’ve both felt the pull there a lot. It’s beautiful! My family roots are actually from that area too, with my Great Grandfather leaving Truro in the early 1900s to the bright lights of Swindon, then my Gramp moving down to Bristol, and then my Dad to the Cotswolds. I’ve spent a fair bit of time there and love it very much. Clare went to university for three years in Falmouth and absolutely loves going to the beach every day at every opportunity, so for her it was a no-brainer. We have some very good friends there too, so a start of a social network thrown in as a massive bonus. (Hi Paul, Gareth, Sarah, Alan and Heather!)
We wanted to start this blog with the idea of keeping all our friends, family and anyone else interested updated with our progress, and who knows, maybe inspire someone to make that big change they’ve been talking about in their life too. We’ve never really blogged like this before, so stick with it and we’ll try our best not to bore you as it goes along! We’d really appreciate any comments, questions, ideas etc too, so please don’t be shy!
So, over the next few weeks, we can hopefully go into a bit more detail about the 10-acre smallholding we’ve ended up with, not far from Falmouth near the South Coast of West Cornwall, the ideas we have for it, and hopefully the progress we are making as we go along!
For now, I just want to say that we have arrived, safe and sound, with all our stuff (I think!) and are massively appreciating being in and around all this nature. It really is fantastic and we’re connecting spiritually with it already in ways I could never have imagined. I also wanted to just outline a few of our objectives to also help with a little accountability (yes Pete!) – We have some pretty big plans, some things we could only do in the country, and other things we aspire to make changes in our lifestyle and also take on new hobbies, skills and interests. Many new leaves to be turning over!
We have, at the moment, a very rough list of objectives. Here goes. Within the next three years, we hope to:
a) Be living completely off grid (or as near to it as possible) I’ll definitely be going into a lot more detail on this as we go along, as I know I have several friends very interested in this side of things, as am I.
b) Have both lost a bit of weight and be living a much healthier, fitter and more active lifestyle, including trying to move towards eating less animal products. Also a big move to a much more outdoor life and LESS OR NO TELLY! We also want to have taken up some new (or old) hobbies; tennis, dancing, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, archery, music, cycling, bouldering, etc etc. They’re all on the list plus many others I’ve missed out!
c) Give back to the local community – Get involved and give. Whether it’s use of our land, our time, our energy and/or money, we want to feel like we are contributing in a positive, fulfilling way to those people that need it. I’ve already mowed the lane for our lovely 90-odd-year-old neighbour and it felt good!
d) Be embracing our creativity a LOT more. For me, writing, music and woodwork. For Clare, arts, crafts (and singing?) The kids love them all.
e) Make the land work for us financially. We won’t be keeping livestock for the food industry, but we do have many ideas of various things that are possible. I won’t go into details on this right now, but within three years, we hope to be generating at least enough income to pay the mortgage each month. This seems like a tangible target at the moment and one that will take a lot of pressure off. We are also very open to any suggestions if anyone has any ideas of things they could do to make use of some of the land – please message us! The only pre-requisite at the moment is that whatever we do there needs to be pretty quiet, so NO RAVES! 😦
f) To be producing at least 50% of the food that we eat, right here on the farm. We’re pescetarians, so hopefully this should be acheiveable…
So there we go. We have so much more to say and show you all, but no proper internet for the next couple of weeks, so I’ll say again, please interact if you wish, it will always be great to hear from anyone reading this, and we’ll be along with the next installment and some more photos soon!
Peace. Tim and Team Sobey x