I knew that the day I'd have to say goodbye to my little home would be a sad day. It's a day I have dreaded since moving in, back in February 2013. It's a day that is almost here. That day is tomorrow.
It has been a journey full of ups and downs. Lots of incredible memories that I will treasure forever, but also some of the saddest times of my life. Times I never imagined I would ever encounter.
Meeting the most incredible lady, Mrs Pudney. She had lived there since the second world war. She was posted to The Orchards as a land girl, fell in love and married the farmer and lived there for the rest of her life, right up to the grand age of 94, such an inspirational woman. I miss her dearly, her stories were just fascinating.
The past three, almost four years, has given me that taste for country living and it's left me hungry for more. I know that it is the lifestyle for me. Who knew I would become such a lover of chickens, such funny little characters giving us the most delicious eggs I've ever tasted.
I may not be moving straight into the next step of that country dream but I know it is in my future, it has to be, I will make sure it is.
It has been a really tough few weeks, going through all of my belongings and evaluating what I have. It makes you wonder why you hold on to some things. It has given me a lot of time to think about who I am and what I want from life. The one thing I want more than anything though is to be happy. I intend to work on that, doing things for myself and living for the moment, because if I've learnt one thing this year, it is that you really don't know what is round the corner.
So as the season moves to Christmas I'm determined to embrace it. You'll be seeing a lot of Christmas themed posts about the place and I'm going to be looking forward to what lies ahead, whatever that may be. But the one thing I do know for sure is that I will forever hold a place in my heart for The Orchards, my little piece of country life and I will be eternally grateful for the experience it has provided me with these past few years.
~ Gem x