I *may* have a new home

So much has happened in the months that have passed since my last proper blog post.  I do sincerely apologise for the huge gap in my blogging but in all honestly ‘life’ simply took over.

A dear relative’s health issues became a priority for my family. My beloved Uncle (who has been more like a grandfather to me over the years) has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and it has been quite a lot for my family to come to terms with. Sadly it is progressing at quite a pace and we are losing the man we once knew. But no matter how much his memory fails him, we still all love him dearly and we make sure he feels and knows that daily. We are united as a team/ family and are sharing in his care. My parents have been truly amazing!  xxx

A long on /off relationship finally broke down and  so I ended up single once more and that also took it’s toll on me emotionally and of course the constant search for a new home took up a huge amount of my time/ energy and it  interrupted my sleep and my day-to-day functioning
(During all of this I also had an odd online stalker/ harassment issue, which was luckily dealt with promptly by the police….. but was unsettling none the less……. especially for my daughter)

………and of course I was still home educating my daughter, working to pay bills and running this place on my own..hence  the severe lack of blogging…..Oops!

I have been  gardening with far less motivation than is normal for me. I simply couldn’t and cannot  focus on growing as much food as I usually do (seeing as I thought I wouldn’t be here to harvest a lot of it) and I couldn’t put my goats in kid last Autumn either, as I was in limbo about when they would be moving to a new place ( If I could even find any land!) and I truly didn’t want to stress them and move them when they were heavily pregnant. So all that went on hold too😦

There was so much turmoil and a foreboding unsettling uncertainty with my housing issue and to a degree it still continues…and in all honesty I am tired of it now.

However, some positive news,  I was approached a week or so ago by a lady who had seen my advert on the Preloved website.  It was an advert about me looking for a new home and it looks increasingly promising that she may indeed have something suitable. Fingers crossed!!!
I have sent in references as requested but am just awaiting my landlord’s one to be written > *sigh < despite several reminders to get it to me asap ….He is reluctant to see me leave here before he sells up, so he is dragging his heels a bit with the reference, which is rather upsetting not to mention frustrating, as I have been a very good tenant over the last 6 yrs….. and his go slow attitude could mean we lose this new tenancy offer!

Anyway….I am keeping everything crossed that all goes well eventually, as the new place is, rather wonderfully, a longterm tenancy!!…. whoop!!! ….. and it is  only 4 miles from here, which means H and I will have a sense of permanency and belonging and we can really get into growing more fruit and perennials, all the while knowing that we will be around to see them mature and bear fruit. It also means I can invest more into the permaculture way of life both financially with things like a polytunnel / plants and with energy/ ideas etc!

On a personal front I have a rather wonderful new man in my life (yes it surprised me too!) We both  wish to keep things very private but I am no longer a single woman and am rather liking that fact!

Well enough for now.. more updates soon .. I promise.


A normal quiet night at home by the fire xxx


I will leave you with a recent photo or two.



 Much love and bright blessings from all at Riverside xxxx




18 comments on “I *may* have a new home

  1. Fantastic news for you all! Keeping everything crossed for you! x

  2. Sara Jones says:

    Hope it all works out for you xx

  3. Eileen says:

    🙂 All will work out perfectly, I just know it. Hugs to you all xoxo

  4. lesley swain says:

    Having shared a minute part of the past months in an unpleasant sort of way, I now hope that everything falls into place for you as beautifully as you deserve.
    Love and good wishes to you all xxx

  5. hayleysplace says:

    So glad to hear from you again, so sorry about your uncle, its so sad to see a family member go that way, but i am so happy that you may have a new home and a new man, i hope all works out for you as soon as poss, keep your chin up and go for it.
    Keep us all posted.🙂 x

    • Ma Larkin says:

      Cheers hun.. Yes dementia / alzheimers are cruel illnesses… but we are lucky to have such a great family who work together to help make my Uncle’s life safe, comfortable and secure. Life could be far worse..I try hard to focus on the positives. I have so many things to be grateful for xx

  6. jacktowers4 says:

    Like everyone else who’s commented on your latest post, I very much hope things fall into place for you all. Keep up the colourful blog.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Hi I also saw your ad on preloved and was going to reply as we have a farm we are renting out a 2 bed cottage with 2.3 acre paddock next to it we are in irby in the marsh If it doesn’t work out let me know

  8. Anne Wilson says:

    Welcome back to the blogging world, I have missed your lovely posts. Wishing all the luck in the world with your new home I feel sure to will be settled soon.

  9. nick says:

    You are missed.🙂

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