Trees, forests, woodland we both love them. Wonderful places to walk and photograph. Settings for many of our favourite horror films – we probably watch too many of those - we were all completely freaked out recently by a long grey jacket hanging on a tree in the middle of a forest! Wildlife everywhere you look – well at least until you get your camera out! And don’t forget to look up the view through the tops of the trees is breathtaking.
I suppose by the time you reach our age thoughts turn to where you want to live in retirement. We both have major split personalities and can never decide whether we want bright lights, big city or lakes, mountains and trees, lots of trees. In an ideal world when my Nan’s ‘ship’ eventually comes in (its been a long time coming…) how wonderful would it be to have both? That’s not going to happen for us unless we’re in a shepherds hut and a tent!
I read last year that Manchester city centre housebuilders are trying to attract the more mature house buyers into city centre apartments – what a wonderful idea. But hang on this article was talking about the over 35’s! Guess that makes us geriatrics, but even when we have our zimmer frames and struggle to remember the way home we would still love city life. How could you not? Museums, art galleries, restaurants, events happening all the time, walk to work and restaurants – did I say restaurants? New ones every week to try – make sure you’re quick as some don’t last too long!
So we watch the new city centre housing developments with interest not sure whether to take the leap and move to the city and then we go on holiday…
Now as all our holidays seem to end up being in the highlands of Scotland (we do look elsewhere!) every time we find ourselves back in the middle of a forest with walks to a loch and mountains to climb all thoughts of citylife disappear and we start house hunting there!
Maybe I’m a product of Little House on the Prairie (could you watch any episode without crying?). A log cabin in the forest with its own loch and mountains behind how wonderful would that be. Log cabins must surely be easy to build – I remember 7 Brides for 7 Brothers - they built theirs between dances in about 10 minutes!
Who wouldn’t love life in the forest? Peace and quiet, wildlife at your doorstep, long walks taking you to magical places, picnics by the lochs and amazing sunsets from the top of mountains. So we look in the estate agent’s windows, weigh up house prices and jobs and then we go home and go back into the city…
How do you make your dream home become a reality when you don’t even know what your dream home or more particularly the location is! I suppose - we could always sell up and travel the world in a camper van….
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