We’re moving to Cornwall

It’s been a bit quieter here in the last couple of weeks. Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen that we were in Cornwall, in and round Falmouth, to be specific. We actually weren’t on holiday, though staying in a caravan and hanging out on the coast did make it feel that way. Laurence was working the whole time we were there. When I’ve mentioned in recent updates that he’s been working away, that’s where he’s been. We’re moving to Cornwall.

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We made the decision when I was 38 weeks pregnant with Delilah (who’s now ten weeks old, can you believe it?!). We agonised over it, prayed about it. It’s such a good opportunity for Laurence, doing work he enjoys in a part of the country he’s longed to move back to. It’s a chance for our kids to grow up immersed in the outdoors. And I get to live near the sea again, something I’ve been aching for.

Still, we’re moving hours away from family and friends we will miss. Stepping out into the slightly unknown. Even after a week down there, imagining what our life there could be like, I felt my stomach knotting itself on the motorway back to Bristol. Saying goodbye is hard. Change is scary.

In a sense, I’m already a long way from home. In another, I don’t know where home is anymore. It’s not as drastic a move as going back to Trinidad and Tobago would be. My family is my home. My home is a moveable thing.

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The children and I spent the week looking around Falmouth, meeting up with home educating families I’d make contact with online and chilling in the caravan. We spent an entire day in Maritime Museum (as in almost opening to closing!) and they still asked to go back the last morning we were there. Another day we visited Trellisick Park, a stunning National Trust property near Truro. We also made it to a home ed group in a community garden.

I’ve been so touched by the welcome we’ve received from people we met up with. Strangers have made us feel like friends. That’s made me feel a lot less anxious about the move.

We’ve only recently made the news public, partly because we wanted to tell people as we saw them but also because I needed to spend some time down there to wrap my head around what we were doing. I’d previously only been to that bit of Cornwall for maybe half an hour at most. Now that we’ve accepted an offer on our house here and had our offer accepted on a house down there, the wheels are fully in motion. We’ll be visiting a couple more times before the big move but it’s on. It’s happening. Hopefully in January.

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The children are excited about the move but it’s hard to tell how much they really understand, that being there means not being here. We’re not making a big thing of it, though. They’re little enough that the adjustment may well be simple enough. There’s no point worrying them by harping on about something that’s overwhelming even to an adult.

We met Laurence for fish and chips on the beach after work and he took them swimming in the sea on the weekend. So far, that’s what the move means to them. They delight in meeting new friends and finding new places. It looks like the one with the most mixed feelings is me. But I am excited by the prospect of new places, new people, new plans. I really am.

I struggle with the idea of there being a prescriptive, singular plan God has for each of us. At the same time, I’m so aware that this is an opportunity to ask fresh questions about what it means to live intentionally, pursuing purpose. I wish I could say it was clear what this means in the context of this move. All I can see right now is an opportunity to make little decisions prayerfully, trusting that wherever we go and whatever happens, we are not alone.


9 Comments

  1. September 30, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Good luck with the move, this is something we dream to do. It it’s proving difficult at the moment. A nicer place to raise kiddos than in a big city is what we want, the seaside is calling us for sure.

  2. September 30, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    I feel really excited for you – and it’s great that you’ve already started to make connections there. I can’t wait to follow your journey!

  3. September 30, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I am SO excited for you! It’s an utterly gorgeous part of the world (like Laurence, I went to uni there) and you will all LOVE it! xx

  4. September 30, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Wow – what an amazing move to make! My husband dreams of something similar…maybe one day. Good luck and hope it all goes smoothly x

  5. Slummy single mummy
    October 1, 2016 / 9:43 am

    My Dad recently moved down to Constantine near Falmouth and it is a beautiful part of the country. great for National Trust!

  6. October 1, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    such lovely photos! hope you have a wonderful time when you’re settled there and that the move isn’t too stressful.

  7. Karen
    October 1, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    ‘what it means to live intentionally, pursuing purpose’
    Yes! Being intentional in all that we do has really been on my mind in recent months. Pursuing purpose, I like that . . . x

  8. October 4, 2016 / 9:55 am

    How exciting for you all. I can understand why you’re maybe a little nervous about it though. The unknown is always scary but you’re such an open and kind person that I think you’ll make friends and settle in in no time and kids adapt so quickly, they’ll feel at home the minute you have their beds up 😉

  9. Giu
    October 24, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Cornwall is beautiful. A fellow Italian friend opened an Italian ice-cream place in Falmouth called ‘Ciuri Ciuri’. You should check it out 😀 Greetings from Trinidad 🙂

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