Slowly does it….

So as I mentioned last time, I thought I would post a few of the pictures I captured during the process of the caravan delivery.

Massive thanks the the fellers from Salop Leisure who did a sterling job with delivering the caravan to a really rather tricky location!

So the bottom of the drive has a 90 degree turn which was a bit of a squeeze! Lets just say the lads from Salop Leisure where glad it was only 10ft wide and not 12! Also we were grateful for all the patience and understanding of the neighbours that were around at the time. They watched with interest and kindly moved their cars to make the whole process as easy as possible. We really really appreciated it!

After the initial very tight corner there was a narrow and windy drive to navigate before making it to the bottom of the drive to the field. With my father-in-laws new antique lamppost to avoid and a narrow drive it was a tricky operation. So narrow that the wagon was very close to the slope on the one side which made for a very slow progress up the drive.

Having made it to the bottom of the field there was one attempt made to get it to the top….it did not end well, the second the caravan end of the wagon made it to grass it slid sideways. So they decided leaving it on dry ground and using something a little more powerful like a tractor would be the best way to go. So the lovey guys from Salop Leisure (after a well deserved cuppa) left the caravan with us after nearly 2 hours and we made plans for the following day.

After a little discussions with Alan’s Dad and Uncle Hywel about how to proceed, the caravan was slowly pulled up the field. First pulled forwards onto the building site then reversed up the field towards the space we had flattened out ready. This was a VERY slow process as one side of the caravan required planks of wood under the wheel the whole way up. So Alan was placing the planks inline with the wheel then as it moved putting the next, then taking the first and putting it next. Like I say. It was a slow process.

It was slightly hindered when they had to navigate over a rather deep hole, there was a moment when I thought it was going to get stuck in the middle of the field on the hill sideways, but we were okay.

After 2 hours it was up in place. Alan and his Dad then spent a further 3 hours jacking the van up so that it was sturdy and as level as we could get it.

Now it is ready for us to start sorting out, so we have some plans in place for a few improvements we can make to the interior to make it as nice as possible for as cheap as possible. I will share a bunch of before and after pictures of the bits we do to make the place a lovely little home for us to enjoy for the next couple of years. Fingers crossed we will have electricity and TV sorted this weekend with water and plumbing sorted next weekend.

Let the fun begin….

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The Adventure Starts Right Here!

 

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Initially I wanted this blog to be about everyday working as a freelancer, but that has not really worked or provided much for me to write about. I get distracted and forget anything exciting I could write about.

However, life is a funny thing and can give new and exciting opportunities. A while ago I made a decision. Having left my job last august and started working from home doing odd bits here and there, I realised that my husband was still driving 70 miles a day for work while all I needed for work was an internet connection.

I presented the idea to Alan (the Husband) of moving closer to his work and he was hesitant, which I understood, I mean we had only been in our house a year having spent 6 months doing massive amounts of work to the house. A perfect kitchen, 2 bathrooms, walls moving, doors being relocated. It was a lot of work, it cost a lot and we were very happy with the results.

It took me taking him to see where a house I found was and how close we could be to his work before he started to really consider the benefits of being that much closer to work. Taking his journey from 50 mins on a good day to maybe only 10-15.

There were lots of things for us to consider, location; not just for his work but so I wasn’t completely stranded. Price; we only have so much money out of the house sale we can use for a deposit and we didn’t want future mortgage payments to be out of our price range. Size; we are very lucky to have a 3 bedroom house at the moment, and though there are only 2 of us, I need space for an office and we would like to be able to have kids without having to move again.

With all that in mind I went through many days of looking and there were a few options but nothing that was perfect for us. We were then presented with the offer of purchasing a house that has been in Alan’s family since his grandfather built it,  we were tempted, it had lots of potential but there were a lot of things that also made it seem like a little too much work and it was a bit of a tricky location and the price meant we would struggle to afford it an do the necessary work.

Then there was another option. A little back story, Alan’s family have always built their own houses, there are a few properties across the area that they were involved in building and have lived in for many years. I respect that and LOVE the history it creates. So Alan’s parents converted a barn many years ago and lived there and then built the house they are currently living in and have been since 1991. There is a  bit of land that they still own and Alan’s Dad, Gordon, got some plans drawn up and permission to build a new house which he was going to do over the next 5-10 year. So as the house was built he could save the rest of the money needed for the build.

Investing in this house build and living in the finished property became another option for us as Gordon really wanted the house to stay in the family. So with the money from the sale of our house, which we would have used as a deposit we are able to put that money in, hoping we can now complete the project in 2 years, maybe less (fingers crossed). This means for the next little while (2 years or so) we will be living in a Caravan. We had options to live with parents but we both felt that was a bad idea, and though we could rent, it is so expensive to rent in that area that we would be unable to save.

Saving over the next few years will be vital!! As we still need some funds to complete the house and we want to be able to finish it really nicely with a great kitchen and so on.

So the reason I have started writing about it now, even though this has been the plan for a few months now, is that the caravan we bought (for the lowly sum of £1800!) is now in place ready. Though getting it there was no easy task! It took 2 days to get it in place and then a further day to get it jacked up and secure. I will post a load of pictures soon showing the process of this.

The adventure feels a little more real today than it has done for a while as things are starting to progress further. I will post pictures of the caravan as it is (it’s a 1998 static caravan so the interior is a little dated) and pictures of the tricks I have found for me to try and make it as homely as possible for us.

So as the title says, the adventure starts right here!

Sneak Peak: here are a couple of images of the caravan being delivered and the lovely views we will have once we are moved in!

‘The Frey Life’

Over the last year or so I have started to watch more and more YouTube videos which has led me to following a few ‘Vloggers’. This started when I discovered someone who had been posting videos every day for the last few years (he is now into the 9th year), including the documentation of him discovering a brain Tumour and the following treatment. This included a video during his brain surgery.

It is mad to think of what people are able to share with the world.

A little while ago I came across a video to do with a very lovely couple and the life they live while fighting Cystic Fibrosis, or CF as it is commonly known. It has been eye opening, heart warming and inspirational to see this lovely lady fight and struggle with this condition whilst retaining a thankful and positive demeanour.

Mary has always had CF and has over her life learnt all that is needed to help maintain her condition to make the most of what she can do. I think it can be difficult when watching the videos to really imagine what it is like to live with such a condition and there are only ever small hints to how much suffering it causes. You see the occasional coughing fit and the impact certain medications have on her system and the way she feels but through it all she is positive and continues to fight.

One phrase which has become a little catch phrase for her is ‘Do what you think you can’t do’ and I think it is astonishing and moving to see her fight and push through the pain and discomfort. She is grateful for the time she doesn’t have a head ache or has managed to keep a meal down having just suffered a coughing fit. Something most people would really struggle to live with on a day to day basis. She has been pushing herself so that she can now maintain a headstand and even walk on her hands. I haven’t been able to do stuff like that since I was like 8!!

We complain and winge about the smallest of things in life, it seems to be the thing our generation does, with the internet providing us with a platform to anonymously and openly complain about every tiny detail in life. And I am guilty of this just like everyone else. I complain my hip hurts or that I have to cook diner for my very loving husband. My daily battles are not so draining and exhausting as Mary who has this exhausting and hard battle to live through.

Her husband Peter is a Pastor so it is lovely to also see people openly talking about religion, it is not bible bashing, in your face or any kind of over kill. It is just very present within the way they act and live their lives. They are passionate about it and it gives them such peace when dealing with difficulties. It is a nice change from the doom and gloom. For someone who has every opportunity to play the victim (and rightly so) they live their lives striving to help and encourage others, to push through and not let things get them down. To see the positives and happiness is every moment and make the most of the times when things are a little easier.

An inspiring couple who live their lives to the fullest and really do have a great sense of peace and purpose. I wish them all the best in their fight against CF especially as we head toward CF awareness month and a lot of charity walks being carried out to raise money towards research on the condition.

Though they are not likely to read this and I am not likely to meet them, they have inspired me the last few months to push myself and to prove myself wrong and to do what I think I can’t do. And for that I am truly grateful!

Here are a few links to all their social media bits;

https://www.youtube.com/user/thefreylife/featured

https://www.instagram.com/freyliving/

https://www.instagram.com/peterfreylife/

https://www.facebook.com/thefreylife

 

 

April!

I can’t quite believe it is April already! Recently I came to the decision that April is my favourite month and time of year. Especially in the UK.  

Over the last few years April has been warm and wonderful to a temperature I can deal with, lovely blue skies, slightly longer evenings. All in all a great time of year. Admittedly it can snow in April, or rain the whole month. Bur recently we have a better summer in April than we do in the summer! 

So updates…our house in on the market, with 2 estate agents in the hope we have some interest. It’s been on the market for nearly 3 months now and we have had no interest at all. Which I am finding very frustrating. I just want to move now and get going with things.  That and my husband is exhausted.  Partly due to work being busy and also wanting to work more hours to help us save. We do have a house to build after all 🙂 

This week, and last, have been particularly hard with Alan not being home before 8 which means there is not much time before we have to head to bed. But we push through and I do as much as I can to make life as easy as I can for him. This and the thought of a four day weekend for easter help us keep going. 

Fingers crossed the weather continues so we can get the caravan sorted and maybe tidy our garden up a little for people coming to view it. So many dandelions at the moment! 

We will keep praying and pushing for our new chapter in life to start.