A Castle in the Sky

In March 2013, after years of talking about it we eventually sell up and move out of the city with our 2 year old, Gracie. We both grew up in the countryside and this is what we want for our daughter. So we swap a 2 bed flat in London for a small country pile on the west coast of Scotland that needs a lot of work. I've done a bit of interior design and my partner, Ed has a good knowledge of the outdoors – but we're on a tight budget and we've both got a lot to learn. It's a life time's project and this is a record of our adventure…

Our first guests … (Easter weekend – Mar 29)

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Our first guests arrive.  On my way to the train station the sun starts to shine and despite telling everyone to come laden with thermals and lots of layers the season seems to shift in one weekend. We have blue skies every day, the rooms are full of light and the house feels alive… and warm.

I don’t know if it’s the change in the weather or a house full of people, children and a dog – but it does all feel very different. Various rounds of cooking, grand tours and dog walking ensue.  Being able to have people to stay like this (we had just the couch for guests in London) is one of the reasons we bought this house and for the first time since we arrived I can really see us making a life here.

Ed comes up with the idea that new guests should plant a tree – and they can check on progress when they re-visit. The previous owners left a sapling in a pot labelled ‘apple’ – so our plan is to find a good spot for it tomorrow…

(photo: courtesy of Claude)

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