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Saturday, 26 January 2019

There Are No Small Steps in a Revolution

revolution
/rɛvəˈluːʃ(ə)n/
noun
noun: revolution; plural noun: revolutions
"a dramatic and wide-reaching change in conditions, attitudes, or operation."



Hi, I'm Tricky and I'm still here.

It's been about 8 months since I last sat down to write a post on this blog, and at the time I was not in the best of places mentally. It's almost surreal looking back on the trials and tribulations of the last 3 years, I barely recognise the fresh faced young man that got off the ferry to start a new life here in Spain. Carly has written about the saga of our dreams out here so I wont go into huge amounts of detail, but here's a quick recap of whats been going on in our lives to bring you up to speed;


  • We had a nightmare selling our house in the UK, it took WAY longer than it ever should have, had several false starts and cost us a small fortune not to mention setting us back quite a bit.
  • We had another nightmare buying the land, we were told it would take 30 days and in reality it took the best part of a year, which was a year we hadn't planned on having to hang around and ate into our savings because it was a years rent we hadn't budgeted on paying.
  • The architects, town hall and general bureaucracy of Spain showered us with yet more expenses and setbacks.
  • Living in limbo for the best part of 2 years finally took its toll and Carly found me in the mountains tying the last knot as I planned to hang myself from a tree.
  • New Years Eve 2017 Carly's mom and dad Diane and Terry have a near fatal motorcycle crash leaving them both badly injured, Diane suffers a broken neck and multiple other fractures needing months of care and physiotherapy
  • April 2017 we finally get all licenses and permissions to start building our dream homestead...but we've run out of money because taking wave after wave of setbacks finally catches up with us.
  • We apply for a mortgage with a couple of Spanish banks and spend the next 6 months being messed around in a big game of chinese whispers that concludes with basically we cannot get a mortgage now because in light of Brexit they have changed the rules and do not offer mortgages to non-residents, and we have not yet applied for residency since we have no house built yet to reside in!

So that's what we've been dealing with. Sounds awful doesn't it? It's been hard, I'll tell you the truth at times it has almost broken us all. And yet, through all the hardship it has pulled our family closer together than ever before. 

We're in this together, we've got each others backs. 

And it hasn't all been thunderclouds and rainstorms. We've managed to uproot and move country in one of the worst economic climates of all time. We've immersed ourselves in a new culture and built some incredible new friendships with people that are really on our wavelength. We've grown two businesses that allow us to call our passions "work", and spent every single day alternating between working at home and homeschooling our children, getting to spend quality time with them every single day and watch them grow as amazing tiny humans. We've eaten incredible homecooked meals every day together as a family. We've rescued two crazy puppies and watched them grow into the two sweetest dogs you could ever hope to meet.

That's what has kept us breathing. Has everything (or anything!) gone to plan? Hell no. But I'm going to keep telling it how it is. It's not all fairytales and rainbows but I respect the people that read this blog enough to give them the truth. I'm not the same person I was when we came out here. This journey has found every crack in my armour and used it to shatter me as a person, but like a forest fire clearing the way for new life it has given me the opportunity to piece myself back together and take note of what is truly important in life, and it's never the things you don't have its always the things you DO have. And what we have right now is opportunity. We're young, we own land, we have the legal permissions in place to build on it, we have all the green lights in place to make our dreams come true and all we gotta do now is keep our wits about us and find a way to make it work. Because come Hell or high water there is no way this family will ever give up.

2019 will be our year. There are no small steps in a revolution. In the last couple of weeks we have planted 12 new trees on the land and numerous native herbs, cacti and wild flowers. I've thrown myself back into permaculture and been re-designing the vegetable gardens and layout for the land using the new knowledge and perspective that our time out here has given us. This Sunday we are digging the foundations for the house ready for concreting. In spite of everything that has happened things are finally moving forwards, at a slow but steady pace.

I invite you all to join us on the journey because I'm going to return to blogging and sharing our shenanigans.

Planting trees with the children for a better future

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Forward Motion

I just want to start by saying how grateful we are for all the comments, messages and words of encouragement that we have received since our last blog post came out last week. It's really helped our overall morale but it's also given us some food for thought too.

To update you a little - if you remember towards the end of my last blog, I spoke about how the bank we are currently working with to get a mortgage have pretty much ghosted us. We were waiting on an urgent review of our house valuation and survey which had been done incorrectly(they'd only valued our land and not the house project. Duh!). When we called on the deadline day, our bank contact wasn't in. She still isn't back at work now, the manager is apparently away until the 17th of December. The person who is working in the bank at the moment told us that the bank have changed their rules and will not be granted mortgages on any new builds and now she is not returning my phone calls. Fantastic. So we haven't heard any more news since then and to be honest, we spent a while feeling pretty much lost and like we couldn't move forward.

But then we changed our minds. Ok, so we don't know what is happening with the bank right now for certain, but it obviously seems like that's not going to work out. So do we give up and mourn our house dreams that never came true? 

Hell no. We find another way. We are warriors. 

Our architect gave us the details of a couple of Eco specific mortgage/lending companies and we have contacted one. Maybe something will come of that, who knows. But we've decided that we're not going to wait around.

The thing is with our self-build is that we don't need all of the money upfront.  There are bits and bobs we can start with. We can get the ball rolling. We might not have a big nest egg of savings, but we do have some money spare each month, and so we've decided that it's best to chip away, little by little. To keep the forward motion going. To feel like we're getting somewhere.

So we've decided to break ground, we're going to dig and pour the foundations. 

We know that our biggest outlay for the house build will be all of the timber we need for the frame. But before we get to that stage we can get the foundations ready, we can build some temporary shelter and toilets, we can plant some trees, we can do some things, at least. Maybe we can run some courses and gather up some money for the timber that way. We've had some ideas of how we can try and get some extra money in. Maybe all this hassle with the banks is a sign that we're not destined to have a mortgage. We need to be flexible and ready to try different things. Who knows. We're gonna figure it out.

But making a start is important, and so, as always, we're gonna jump in with both feet and see where we land. 







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