We’re moving to Yorkshire!

Beverley, to be precise.

It’s a delightful market town with a rich history and excellent transport links. Our new home is a three-bed semi-detached house with a big driveway out front and a beautiful back garden more than twice the size of what we currently have.

We’ve been renting our one-bed bungalow in High Wycombe for over decade…

And while we’ve been blessed to have a roof over our heads and such affordable rent, we outgrew the place a long time ago. Roy and I have been living in close-proximity since we met in 2008. We both lived in studio flats upon leaving home, he then got a transfer into the bungalow and I had a couple of student rooms before moving in with him permanently. We’re in our mid-30s now and craving a bigger space. A home where the bedroom is more than 10ft away from the front door and a place where we can use the bathroom without the other one knowing all about it! 😅

We’re also seeking the financially security that comes with owning your own home.

But where could we afford to buy our own home? Certainly not in High Wycombe where the majority of three-bed houses are on the market for between £350k and £600k. Even the two-bed houses are extortionately priced at anywhere between £280k and £500k. I wish the best of luck to any other first-buyers currently experiencing the struggle.

Even if we had the large deposit and were granted a mortgage to live in the area, in most cases it would mean paying out in excess of £1200 a month for the next 30 years of our lives. This might not be an issue for some, but as both Roy and I have health issues, the chances of us affording that in our late 50s and 60s are slim at best. Plus, it’s just not how we want to live.

We needed to look further north and where better than Yorkshire?

I have family in Hull so this is where we started our ‘proper’ search in late 2019.

I keep this property saved in my Rightmove app as a reminder of how ridiculous house prices are in South East England. Still out of our price range, but so dreamy compared to what that amount would get you in Bucks or Berkshire.

Beverley is about 20 minutes outside of Hull and has a much nicer reputation.

Beverley is to Hull, what Windsor is to Slough! It’s also a great area for investment so when this house came on the market earlier this year boasting a five-minute walk to town, we were keen to take a look.

At this point we’d been looking for about 18 months, we’d had two fruitless viewings, several covid delays and a major problem when the bank effed up and removed our deposit from my account and kept it for six weeks. To say we were eager to move at this point, would be an understatement!

We loved the house and lucky for us, a previous viewer had made a low offer and been turned down, and the two viewings booked in after us had cancelled! With a few other things that felt ‘just right’ we made an offer and were accepted a few hours later. That was at the start of May and the house buying process has thankfully been quite straightforward for us.

It’s a short walk to the train station, and not far from my family in Hull. It’s also a short drive from the clinic where I started my Lyme disease treatment, so I can meet up with people who have similar health issues which is a real bonus.

We’re excited for so many things, including the 25-minute drive to the nearest beach!

All that countryside, plus the coast AND the nearby cities of York and Leeds, it’s a great mix. We can pay our mortgage off within 20 years and will still have the time and money for a few adventures.

I have also been looking forward to spending more time with my 80-year-old nan (aka Nanny Hull). But sadly, Nan’s dementia has taken an unexpected turn for the worse in the last couple of weeks and we’re no longer able to enjoy each other’s company like we used to. Much love to all of those going through the same thing with their loved ones. ❤

Our families down south aren’t best pleased about us moving so far away, but they understand why we’re doing it and we’ve already planned several visits. In fact, I think what my sister and brother-in-law are most looking forward to, is dropping the kids off with us and heading into Leeds for the weekend!

We’ve had some dark times over the years, and are so ready for a fresh start. We’ve got several home projects lined up, and are eager to get started with this next chapter in our lives. Wish us luck! 😊

Hearing Voices

On my list of ‘things to do’ along with writing a book, is another creative item. Voice over work.

From a very young age I enjoyed singing and performing but I had crippling stage fright so had convinced myself that I could be “one of those voices on the cartoons”, the people who sang Disney soundtracks weren’t watched by a live audience – so maybe that was a direction I could go in?

I never did anything about it of course and it fell by the way side with a few other things.

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A path left untaken

Vancouver cityscapeSomewhere in a parallel universe is a version of me living and working in Canada.

Last year I worked my butt off and spent a considerable amount of time and money securing myself an IEC Canadian Work Permit and a spot on the Work Canada programme.

It was and still is a dream of mine to fly across the pond to the far west side of the second largest country in the world and land firmly in British Columbia to set up home in the coastal seaport city of Vancouver. With the right documents I could stay for up to 12 months, sampling a real big slice of the Canadian way of life.

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