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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Carly Spills the Beans...

Wotcha everyone! I'm Carly, wife to Tricky who writes this amazing blog, and Mumma to Logan and Rori. Now that we are starting our new life, where I'll have a bit more free time, I'm intending to put a bit more love into both this blog and my own one. I wanted to explain in more detail why we've decided to make this big change in our lives. It's not a decision that we've made lightly, but a decision which we believe is right for our family.

Tricky and I have decided to move. Not just move house...move country. We're upping roots and starting a new adventure for our family in Spain. Those of you who know me well or have read previous posts on my blog will know that I lived in Spain from the ages of 11-17 and it's where I met Tricky all those years ago, so it's a place where we both feel a strong connection to. I'll start at the beginning and explain our dream, our vision, our reasoning.

It all started on Sunday morning earlier in the year. Tricky had come across a post online which exclaimed that old, abandoned villages in rural Spain were being sold for silly money. Both being a little fed up of the daily grind our lives had become, this of course piqued our interest. We drove over to my parents and told them that morning that we were moving to Spain, and would they come with us. We decided this would be a 5 year plan, and we would spend the next 5 years working towards our dream. In the mean time we decided to have our house valued to see where we stood and were pretty damn amazed at the valuation. Our 5 year plan could indeed end up being much, much sooner a reality than we ever thought.

Tricky hated his job. He is not the sort of man who is satisfied by being sat in an office for endless hours each day with no windows, no sunlight, no connection to the earth. He is full of life, hands on, passionate, caring, nurturing. The complete opposite of what his sales job wanted him to be. Watching him come home from his job each day being a little more broken and down heartened each time was horrible. He was becoming down, grumpy, snappy. Not the man he was or wanted to be.

Logan joined pre-school in January. Being an extremely bright kid, who loves to learn and play I thought this would be good for him. I was wrong. My happy little boy did not thrive in that environment. Watching him cry and be upset and angry and miserable just at the thought of going to preschool was killing me inside. If he was like this at preschool what would he be like at big school full time? As someone who personally didn't thrive in a traditional educational environment, I understood and sympathised with his feelings. Home schooling was the best option. Yes this can be done anywhere in the world, and what better way to do it than with both mummy and daddy at home?

And me? Well I want what's best for my family as a whole. And I want to live the life I enjoy. I want to spend more time with my children running around, and I don't want to spend hours in front of the TV or buying our food from the supermarket because that's where it comes from. I want a more natural life, to be more active, to take more control of our health and our learning. I want my kids to feel free and be open to new experiences.

When we first toyed with the idea of buying land, Rich signed up to a 6 month Permaculture Design course. And jeez, did he love it. I'd not seen him so content, so vivacious in a long time. It gave him that little sparkle in his eye again. We all, as a family, love the outdoors. We love growing, exploring and just being with nature. I knew this was going to be good for us,

I'm of course not saying any of this cant be done here in the UK. But we would not be able to afford to do what we are going to do in Spain, in England.

With the equity from the sale of our house we are going to be able to buy a 5 acre plot of land. We are going to build our own Eco-home and start a small permaculture farm. We will be as self sufficient as possible. We will build earthen yurts to rent. We can host workshops and courses. We will meet new people and take on new knowledge. We will be our own masters. We won't have a mortgage. Our time will be our own.

As well as all of his I will FOR SURE still be running Lucky Sew and Sew. I'll be able to have my own studio and work during the day and not only in the evenings when Tricky isn't at work. Yes!

So long story short, it's been a few turbulent months culminating in the sale of our house in the UK falling through at the last minute a few days after Tricky, my Dad and the Lorry full of our belongings went off to start our new life in Spain. We've managed to resell the house very quickly and we booked the flights today for myself, the kids and my mum to join the lads in our temporary rental place in Spain at the end of he month.

It's been extremely tough not having Rich here, the kids miss him so much. On top of that Logan is sleeping on a mattress on the floor and Rori is in a travel cot. It's not been an easy few weeks to say the least! My sewing machines are in Spain (bar one back up!) along with my fabrics and pretty much everything else! So I've been trying my best to keep up with work but it's proving a hard task at the minute.

I'm so appreciative of all of the support our nursing bras have been getting, it's overwhelming. As soon as we get to Spain it'll be WERK WERK WERK WERK WERK WERK WERK, as Rihanna so perfectly put it.

For now, I'm still catching up on a few orders that I can, trying to keep the kids entertained with no toys here, cook with hardly any kitchen equipment and try to evict a baby mouse that had somehow moved into my living room and is a master of hiding.

Phew. That was a long post. It feels good to explain exactly what's happening. I'm really excited about what the future holds. More time for Lucky Sew and Sew that's for sure. More blogging in general and about self building a house, moving country, home-edding, DIYing and a whole host of other good stuff.
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  1. You guys are certainly an amazing young couple....and so very very lucky to be able to follow your dreams at a young age. Most folks have to drudge through 30 or 40 years of work to get to the point of "living the dream". So happy to see ones that can buck the trend. And Carly-I looked at what you sew and you have got some serious talent! Good luck in your future. I'm looking forward to following your progress.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement Sue!

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  2. inspirational! so wish we'd done this when the kids were small, looking to retire early and do something similar now,shall enjoy following your adventures :)

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  3. Hi Carly. I came to this blog via Dawn at Doing It For Ourselves In Wales. I love to hear about people upping sticks and doing their own thing, like we did, and others whose blogs I follow, like Dawn. All the luck in the world for all of your endeavours, I'm sure Logan and Rori will both thrive, learn new skills and a new language which is always great plus just a wonderful family experience. Best wishes, Lou.

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  4. Fantastic! Looking forward to following your "journey"
    From Gill in Derbyshire - a 70 year old smallholder wishing she was 40 years younger so that she could come and give a hand
    x

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  5. I hope it goes well for you. As always, the difficult part is raising enough cash to cover the unavoidable expenditures (taxes and any debts you may have,plus utilities if you have them).

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully we've factored everything in, but we'll see!

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  6. It sounds like a wonderful adventure! It's a huge step to take, but one I'm sure you'll both enjoy and thrive.

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    1. It will be an adventure for sure! Thanks Sharon :)

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  7. Your young so your dream will last for much longer, your children will love Spain, I wish you all luck.
    Just remember to share your journey.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, we will share as often as we can :)

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  8. Wow, it sounds so exciting for you all, I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing about all your adventures.

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  9. It is going to be great! Wishing you all the best.

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  10. I think it's absolutely amazing what you are doing as a family. It really sounds like it's the right thing for you all. I'm so looking forward to reading about it all. X

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  11. Hi Carly, what an amazing post. I've bumbled over via Jules (hi Jules!) and what a delight to see I'm at the beginning of your amazing adventure. Like Gill if I was 25 or 30 years younger I might just be coming over to join you . . .

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  12. It sounds like an amazing adventure for your family. It will be fun to watch from the sidelines, via this blog. Have fun with it and best of luck to you all!

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  13. So glad to hear how you are doing and coping on your end. It's so wonderful that your parents are going to be part of this amazing adventure.

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  14. I look forward to following your journey :)

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  15. Well I will echo everyone else Good luck, have fun, live laugh love life.

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