You must be wondering why there hasn't been a new Blog Post, for a good few weeks, and I apologise for this. At first this was due to being so busy, getting on with the wonderful new life; meeting new people and generally adapting. But, more recently, it's been because I just didn't know how to write this 'last' post.
Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, which I will not go into detail about here, the dream has come to a rather abrupt end. Forcing me to return South, giving up Guardian Croft and putting the 'New Life' on hold.
As you can imagine, there are many feelings coursing through me, from regret (that I have put so much effort, time and money into it), shame (that I have let everybody down) and disappointment (that it didn't lead to the 'long-term' new life I'd hoped for). But there are also more positive feelings too. I've found a unique and amazing place (which I will return to), full of the nicest, most welcoming people I have ever met (who I will see again) , found that I can step up and do the physical work (in all weathers), ride and moor boats (I still need more practice, especially with knots), run renewable electricity (although I'd advise doing much more homework on this beforehand) and can cope with a complete change of life and pace.
Having not had one Migraine, for the whole time I was at the croft, and then getting one the first day 'back', shows this was the life I was looking for, and I will not give up the idea of it on the first set back. It may take months or years, but I will try again.
I apologise to all who have shown interest, given help and support and read this Blog. I guess that for every 'success' - you see on these 'life changing' programmes on TV - there are many more failures, that don't get publicised. So, at least, this could be unique, in that regard. I don't really have any specific advice, for those of you contemplating a similar change. but it appears that however much investigation and preparation you do, and level of belief you may have, there may still be something you don't take into account or see coming. So if the worst happens, don't beat yourself up about it too much. Easy for me to say to you, when I actually feel more like the Italian Chicken, than the Italian Stallion, at the moment.
I am planning to leave the Blog 'up' for a short while. Another one of the positives, to come out of this whole experience, is that I have enjoyed writing very much. I'd like to do more, in the future, so will use this - for now - as an example of my writing. If there is anyone out there who would like me to undertake any writing, in some capacity, feel free to contact me.
Lastly, after apologising to you all, I'd also like to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for coming with me on this (all too short) journey. There are a number of individuals, who I'd like to thank specifically - a couple of whom are my friends on Scoraig - but I have always had a policy of not imparting names here. Anyway, you know who you are, and I will see you again.
Until the next adventure, or the same one, in a different guise...