My New Life

 

web-14The past few months have been…interesting. Since moving to southern Kintyre in June I’ve oscillated between loving it and hating it, staying and going.

The things I haven’t liked are small, really. The lack of choice in the shops, for a start. We have a Tesco Express and a Co-op, but they are small and I am used to the choice and variety of living in near a small town with a huge Tesco, Morrison’s and Lidl. It’s been a huge adjustment.

I don’t have a signal for my phone. but I have got my network to agree to send me a signal box so I can use my phone again without driving the 6 miles into Campbeltown. I sometimes catch a fleeting signal on the beach, but it’s not to be relied upon.

It’s a 600 mile round trip to visit my mum and the drive is slow and winding. But the scenery is gorgeous. I drive along the coast and then through glens and by the sides of lochs. The hills are frequently topped by clouds and on a good day, the water in Loch Fyne is as smooth as glass.

While I like the house’s location, the decor leaves a lot to be desired. I’ve found it quite depressing living in surroundings that remind me of an old folks’ home but we were reluctant to spend money on it while we were so undecided about whether or not we should stay.

So much for all the negatives. I’d rather spend time on the positives.

I am literally three minutes from Machrihanish Pans, the smaller of the two beaches, and five minutes from the long, clean beach that winds round the bay for over five miles. If I leave my bedroom window open at night I fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. We face west and the sunsets are amazing. The colours and variety have reduced me to tears on more than one occasion. Often, I am the only one on the beach, watching as the golden disc drops beneath the horizon.

There is a Seabird and Wildlife observatory around a mile from me and just 100 metres or so further on, a small hill with a viewpoint lets you gaze upon Ireland. A variety of birds are regular customers at the feeders I hang from the tree in the back garden and most mornings when I look out the window of the spare bedroom I see cows staring back in at me, just 30 metres distant on the hill.

The Inner Hebrides are clearly visible from my bedroom window – Islay, Jura and Gigha – and if we drive into Campbeltown there’s Davaar and Aran to be seen.

The people are friendly and welcoming and we are getting to know quite a few folk in Campbeltown now too. Crime is low and the pace is slow and each time I drive home and round the bend in the road which winds along the coast and into the village, my heart soars at the sheer bloody beauty of the place.

I am happy here. We are staying. This is now home.

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18 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Pye
    Nov 17, 2014

    Must be a relief to have made the decision, Nettie. So glad the surroundings are that lovely (was going to say awesome but …) Time to get out the sandpaper and paint maybe and make your mark. All the very best to you.

  2. Jacqueline Pye
    Nov 17, 2014

    Must be a relief to have made the decision, Nettie. So glad the surroundings are that lovely (was going to say awesome but …) Time to get out the sandpaper and paint maybe and make your mark. All the very best to you.

  3. Gill Fraser Lee
    Nov 17, 2014

    Dear Annette, you made such a brave choice, one I wish I would had the guts to make myself when the time is right. Maybe, in time, the house and you will grow to love each other, but in the meantime, I am so glad that you are surrounded by such beauty and such peace. Balm for the soul. And your pictures are utterly heavenly xxxx

    • Nettie
      Nov 17, 2014

      Thank you, Gill. I really am happy here. xxx

  4. Gill Fraser Lee
    Nov 17, 2014

    Dear Annette, you made such a brave choice, one I wish I would had the guts to make myself when the time is right. Maybe, in time, the house and you will grow to love each other, but in the meantime, I am so glad that you are surrounded by such beauty and such peace. Balm for the soul. And your pictures are utterly heavenly xxxx

    • Nettie
      Nov 17, 2014

      Thank you, Gill. I really am happy here. xxx

  5. Margot Kinberg
    Nov 17, 2014

    Nettie – I think every place has its positives and negatives. You’re wise to focus on what you do like about your new place instead of letting yourself get soured by the not-so-good things. Thanks for sharing the stunning ‘photos, too.

    • Nettie
      Nov 17, 2014

      Thank you, Margot x

  6. Margot Kinberg
    Nov 17, 2014

    Nettie – I think every place has its positives and negatives. You’re wise to focus on what you do like about your new place instead of letting yourself get soured by the not-so-good things. Thanks for sharing the stunning ‘photos, too.

    • Nettie
      Nov 17, 2014

      Thank you, Margot x

  7. Marilyn Dalla Valle
    Nov 17, 2014

    I am in transition, moving to a new house, 8 hours away. Your blog gives me faith that I will adjust. My husband used to say, “There is no perfect place to live. If there were, everyone would be there.” I am happy that you finally feel at home.

    • Nettie
      Nov 17, 2014

      It took a while, but there is such a sense of calm here. It does my soul good. Good luck with your move x

  8. Marilyn Dalla Valle
    Nov 17, 2014

    I am in transition, moving to a new house, 8 hours away. Your blog gives me faith that I will adjust. My husband used to say, “There is no perfect place to live. If there were, everyone would be there.” I am happy that you finally feel at home.

    • Nettie
      Nov 17, 2014

      It took a while, but there is such a sense of calm here. It does my soul good. Good luck with your move x

  9. John Ivory
    Nov 18, 2014

    At home here we have spoken about possibly relocating to the west of Ireland, though the time is not right yet. Your post and particularly your photos, bring to mind what may lie in store if we do. Wishing you many happy years in your new home and surroundings.

  10. John Ivory
    Nov 18, 2014

    At home here we have spoken about possibly relocating to the west of Ireland, though the time is not right yet. Your post and particularly your photos, bring to mind what may lie in store if we do. Wishing you many happy years in your new home and surroundings.

  11. Abi Burlingham
    Nov 18, 2014

    I am soooo pleased that you’ve decided this. Now you can start making it truly yours. Wishing you loads of happy years in your new home xx

  12. Abi Burlingham
    Nov 18, 2014

    I am soooo pleased that you’ve decided this. Now you can start making it truly yours. Wishing you loads of happy years in your new home xx

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