“Lucy have you been to Pembrokeshire?”
Came my uncles question on August 12th 2017. I’m awful with dates but I know this one because it was the day I married David. I had just walked up the aisle, my daughter clutching our certificate, my son waving ribbons, “All you need is love” ringing in my ears.
I have to admit I couldn’t quite place Pembrokeshire. Despite being well travelled my geography has always been awful.
“No I haven’t” I replied thinking – where?
“You must it’s beautiful! If I bought a holiday park there would you and David manage it?”
Before I knew it I’d answered yes to marrying David and yes to moving to Pembrokeshire. Which I later realised was in Wales, a country I had yet to visit or know anything about.
Although my uncle’s venture may or may not come to be, it was the fact I had answered YES without hesitation that had surprised me above all else. Marrying the love of my life was a no brainer but abandoning our much loved life in Dorset? The day went in a whirl of children, bubble wands, music and hobby horses.
We spent our honeymoon in a forest in Finland. A secluded log cabin with a heavenly hot tub over looking a beautiful lake. Being that David and I had already attempted to cut the corporate cord and run our own childcare business it was of no surprise to anyone we brought our children along. Are very own Familymoon.
The cabin was our first Airbnb experience. We had used a similar site to book a cabin in Iceland and haven’t looked back since.
In between running from the sauna to plunging in the ice cold lake we considered our next call to adventure. Could we relocate? Could we set up another business? Could we live mortgage free elsewhere? We got excited and grew in courage.
We returned from our familymoon to our comfortable life in Bournemouth and we returned to juggling parenthood with work. We’d get our adventure fix by watching Ben Fogle meeting adventurous people in Live’s in the Wild. Couples who had taken that leap of faith.
We woke up one morning and decided to move, albeit only up the road. We jumped in the car and visited a house out towards the New Forest in Dorset.
As the children played happily in the sunny park and we sipped a peaceful coffee we decided to make the move. Change was on the horizon and it all felt very exciting.
The process was anything but. Having only ever been first time buyers we had no idea what being in a chain really involved and unsurprisingly perhaps it began to fall apart. Before it did it drew out for months which in hindsight was a blessing. In that time we had decided to revisit our mortgage free dream and were realising it may actually be possible.
After what had originally felt like an eternity an estate agent called.
“Your new house is vacant, the chain can finally move forward, It’s ready for you”.
Only we didn’t want it.
We now wanted to go in a completely different direction. Our very own adventure into the unknown…