First of all can I just say a whopping big THANK YOU.
Thank you for all the lovely comments and emails we received yesterday wishing us well in our new home and saying how much you like it. We are really pleased with it, it took us a long time to find but I think the wait was worth it.
This is the view from our bedroom window showing most of our land and woods.
In total we have around 4.5 acres including the woodland which makes up about half of that. The land we own goes up to the far fence line that you see in this picture, with the rough scrubbier land beyond that currently on rent to the house for a nominal amount per year as it was purchased by the Highways Agency off the then owner of the house in readiness for moving the main road slightly further down the valley. Yes we will be on a much quieter road in a couple of years with this one simply being the back road for properties on it, very good for us and the value of the house. Once this work has been completed we should be able to buy back the far bit of land and then we will own up to the tree line at the bottom.
The woods start with a gradual incline and then rise up steeply, not good for growing anything but wood and pigs, so perfect for us. For the next couple of years we will do a little bit of woodland management and stockpile fallen wood for the log burner as we work in claiming back little bits of land at the back of the house, but after that we will hopefully be able to let the pigs live in peace in the trees with their pig arks lower down .
The views are absolutely amazing and it will be oh so easy to spend time gazing into space.
Even more so now we know there is pair of Red Kites living in the locality. It seems they follow us wherever we go. When we moved to Oxfordshire the skies were full of them as it had been a feeding area to help re-establish them, we were told when we moved to where we live now that we would not see many at all, but over the year we have been here they have moved into the surrounding woods and we see and hear them constantly.
We saw one of the pair that live near our new Welsh hillside on Sunday, it soared majestically over the valley and vanished into the distant trees. It would seem that we are arriving at the same time as the Kites to colonise this particular Welsh valley :-)
This is the view from our neighbours side of the fence looking down on to our rooftop, her house is in the distance nestled in a little dip of trees.
As we gradually fill our new home with our possessions and new purchases we will find out just how spacious it is, comparing it to here I think it is very similar in sized just configured completely differently, well for a start we have stairs :-)
The main thing I think is the light, the little 1930's bungalow we live in at the moment is dark and dreary, our new home is filled with light and we will be maximising this even more by painting everything white, with splashes of a variation of my favourite shade of green. Today we are going to get some paint mixed up that will be used to inject green into every room of the house in one way or another.
Simple September - Top Tips #10
When is a bargain not a bargain - when the jar you bought last week on offer at £2 is 200g heavier than the jar you bought this week 'on offer' at £2.
Sneaky, sneaky Mr T*sco !!
Tip of the day keep your wits about you at all times when shopping.
Laura over at No More Spending fell for something very similar last week!
And also ..... grab a useful bargain when you can.
All these were on fantastic offer at Approved Foods the other week, the chocolate bars are heading to Wales with us this week as nice little treats for the decorators ... that's us by the way. You have to do something to make me wield a paint brush and I'm afraid bribery with chocolate is still known to work !!
The Naan breads will be lovely dipped into homemade curry, reheated in the microwave after a hard days work.
The biscuit mixes, in the jars, will be made up here and taken with us in a tin each week along with a homemade loaf and a homemade cake, I think this particular decorating army is most definitely marching on it's stomach.