Thursday, 8 January 2009
Chris and I took a trip up to our new home in Knapdale Forest last weekend for a bit of an explore and to secure a house. The area is beautiful and very rural: read "out in the sticks!" It's quite funny because we do live out in a country village now and I've grown up in the Lake District, however, this spot really is quite out of the way. It's about 40 miles to the nearest supermarket, although there is a CoOp in Lochgilphead and Chris and I tend to use farm shops and grow our own anyway.
We've got a place to live right by my office, which has lovely views and is on the edge of the forest. Our landlady will be working with me and is a lovely person. She keeps sheep and highland cows so I'm sure we'll get on just fine!
In front of the house is the Crinan Canal which runs to the sea, just two miles away, so Chris is happy because there're plenty of excellent places to fish.
While we were there we took Fox and Whisper for a walk around part of the beaver release site. There is mile after mile of forest track to explore and they had a fabulous time.
There are fascinating old ruins hidden away in the forest.
And the clean air means that fantastic lichens can grow on the trees.
I think we're all going to like it here :o)