What this blog is about

This blog will cover a number of areas related to life, work, money and probably a bit of gardening and DIY too. Hopefully over time these areas will start to coalesce into something approaching a focus…

Country living – living down here is different to living in London, but not always in the ways you think. We think it’s better otherwise we wouldn’t have moved and we’ll be looking at exactly how those differences affect our day to day lives.

Working from home – this is what made our move possible. We’re very dependent on somewhat shonky broadband at the moment but there are ways to start working from home and ultimately to become ‘untethered’.

Financial independence – although it may seem as if we’ve taken on a lot of risk by letting out our London house this risk is balanced by various strategies and options available to us. Obviously financial dependence depends on both reducing your costs and investigating your earnings and we’ll be doing both.

DIY – our house needs a lot of work and I need to get a bit more handy, both to save money and to become more resilient. We’ll also be looking at growing more food in the garden and we’d like to plant an orchard.

Investment planning – a big one and there are plenty of financial blogs out there. I’d like to ‘retire early’ in that I choose when and where I work, although I’m not there yet. I’d like to discuss some ideas and concepts and no doubt Vanguard trackers and B2L property will feature heavily.

That’s about it for now. If anyone has any suggestions or questions please use the comments section below.

Why we did it

When we lived in our house in London we used to enjoy going on weekends to Devon and Cornwall. We liked being near the sea, we liked the countryside and we liked the people we met. We both worked from home quite often and on one of our trips we said ‘Why don’t we just live here?’ and neither of us could think of a good reason why not.

We’ve done it!

Branscombe Beach

After a false start earlier in the year, we moved to Devon last month. We found some tenants on a long lease for our London house and we’re getting settled into a great little village. The major challenge now is to plan all the various work that needs doing on the house and garden, along with getting to know our neighbours and exploring the local area.