Wonderful..dream come true.
Thank you for your comment Jimbo, you really made me think. People often say that we are 'living the dream', although they certainly didn't say that during our first few years here when we were living in a shed with no running water or electricity!
Making your dream come true can seem stubborn, selfish, and will almost certainly involve flying in the face of sound counsel from friends and family. But if you have imagined a different life for yourself, it is possible to take some very radical and committed steps to set that transformation in process.
This story starts at the point where we own land, and have spent the remainder of our savings on building this sturdy shed to live in. This is our only property, and I have left a steady teaching job in Cornwall to be here.
Though Daryll has done wonders during the autumn months, 'The Byre' is far from complete, and I only have half of December's pay check left in the bank. Due to struggles with housing in Cornwall, we are not credit worthy and at the time I wasn't allowed an overdraft. We could almost be seen as 'economic migrants' from Cornwall, and we came to The Hebrides in search of opportunity.
Having taken this enormous and almost desperate leap of faith, my attitude distilled into survival mode and I found that I was up for almost anything, as long as it furthered our aim, which was to settle and find jobs that made use of our skills and knowledge. We wanted to be a useful part of this island community. We wanted both sea and mountains to be woven into our existence.