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…

Nothing to wear (Mar 31)

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Standing in front of several rails of clothes (no touch-catch floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes here), my friend Fiona blatantly laughed out loud when I said ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’. But honestly I don’t.

My wardrobe wasn’t made for living in a big drafty old house on the west coast of Scotland – everything is so flimsy. Just looking at it makes me feel cold.  Summer dresses, T-Shirts, floaty shirts, shorts (ha ha), and ahhhh all those lovely heels – I really can’t imagine wearing any of them again.  The cashmere wraps that kept me toasty in London have proved to be just a reasonable first layer here…

I need to think practically – and have started to see the appeal of barbour jackets and dare I say it – quilted waistcoats  (the word waist seduced me…). I even ordered some online in desperation but I looked so ridiculously horsey and middle-aged that I’ve sent them all back.  I’ve got a few fleeces from my mountain climbing trips with Ed – but I don’t want to spend the rest of my days looking like I’m about to go on a hike…

I’m not sure it’s possible to do cold well without looking posh or Bristol NHU – and as neither look is working for me I’m not sure what the answer is.   So for now I’ll just keep on ordering twinsets of thermals and hope for a change in the weather….

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