After a hectic day of packing the day before, all our belongings are stowed onto the two trucks. Our moving team are incredibly efficient and we arrive in the small village of Piddletrenthide, Dorset by about two o’clock. The next few hours fly by. The house owner, Kim, has just finished painting the dining room to hide the damp. She greets us warmly. Clearly this is her family house, but due to illness she needs to live with relatives for a while. She loves it and hopes to return soon. That is why the house has such a lovely feel to it, unlike many buy to lets.
John is occupied by the estate agent and her twenty page list of notches and marks throughout the house. What do people expect from a house which is two hundred years old? The removal team ask for a two minute debrief on what might go where and they use their initiative to place the furniture and the sixty boxes.
We are here! The next stage of our retirement project!
There is such a mix of emotion. Exhaustion! Exhilaration! Bewilderment!
We have no mobile signal in the valley: no landline so no phone calls are possible until we discover that we can walk up the hill almost a mile off! There is no internet set up. We suddenly feel very cut off from friends and family.
Once everyone has gone, we walk happily up the garden hill in the hope of getting a signal. We clutch a bottle of champagne and a plate of food. We climb over the style at the end of our grass area and enter the wooded section.I had no idea the hill would be so steep. I end up grasping roots and pulling myself up. There is the remains of a tree house to the right. Ivy clings to the trees, making it darker. Soon we reach the opening and a path which runs along the ridge behind everyone’s garden. Disappointed there is no where to sit we descend again a little way and perch on a fallen tree trunk. Here we sip champagne and wonder at the beauty and difference!
The view over the valley beyond, the farmland, the rooftops is wonderful. I think I will be happy to call this home for the next six months or so.