This month a year ago, we bought our lovely cottage here in good old Scotland.
What I didn’t know back then is that I don’t need my own home to be happy!
I also didn’t know that I would find it so hard to stay, to be rooted at one spot…. I keep on searching for nicer spots to live, my roots keep on telling me, that this might not be it!
A year ago all we had in mind was to buy a house in a lovely area and get rid of the spider infested (they where gigantic!!!) cottage we rented in a not so nice area.
We didn’t really think it all through. At least not properly.
Now I know that it isn’t that bad to live in the middle of nowhere, that there will be school buses/taxis for pupils and that when you are sick and bed ridden or older, the doctor will come out to you! And when their is no village store, you think twice if you really have to drive to the next store for a purchase or if you just cook something from scratch and therefor even save money!
Lets face it, food stores, post office, doctors is nothing but a luxury but you don’t really need it to survive, do you? It’s convenient, I totally agree.
Though our small town has only a population of around 2000, I still find it way to crowded, especially in summer when all the tourists are passing through…
When I was running this morning up to the waterfalls and further up the mountains, hitting snow, there was a lovely cottage on the way. Tucked away from roads with mountain and field views. Now that is what I would prefer. I could let me cats out, not worrying if someone might try to steal them (they are Siamese) or whether they could get hit by a car.
Though we knew how much we could borrow, we really shouldn’t have! We should have settled for a cheaper house! Sooner or later we would have found one!
Now that my husband was made redundant (cost cutting) and me job hunting as well, the money is very tight and soon gone which is frightening!
So whoever is out there, ask yourself the following:
Do I really need shops, doctors, schools, bus and/or train connection?
Is this the area I really want to settle?
Is this the house I can see myself grow old in and can I really afford and maintain it?
Think about the “what if’s”…
If everything ticks your boxes, go for it, if there is even one box where you would have to compromise, I personally would say, “no”, but that is up to you, of course!
As for me, I know better times will come, maybe even another house, I just keep going and make the best out of it!