Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Tales from Wales - The Grand Finale


There, that's it ... the final view of Isfryn, our home in wales for the last seven and a half years.

We left for the final time at three o'clock yesterday afternoon, me driving my Fiat 500 with a full boot and passenger side and two very excited little doggies in their bed on the back seat and Alan driving our truck filled to the ginnels with it's final load, which included a cat that escaped from his carrier just ten minutes into the journey and who spent the next two hours perched on top of the things in the back seat, watching a very unfamiliar world rush by through the windscreen.  He took it all in his stride though and left Alan mostly in peace to drive, apart from a few plaintive yowls, and he arrived at his new temporary home looking quite bewildered.

Before we left I took some final photos with my phone, so I'll take this chance to share them with you.

Looking back at the house from Chicken World.


A henhouse that's been empty for a few weeks now.  Our last elderly hen died in late January, so we gifted our one remaining hen, a good layer, to the new neighbours across the road who have a lot of older hens but not many still laying. 


Behind Chicken World, beyond the fence is where we have our regular bonfires and we had a pretty spectacular one burning a lot of stuff we didn't want to take or leave behind on Monday afternoon.

The Chicken Shed.


Still with everything you need if you keep chickens, the new people have or will be getting some of their own.


Walking across the front of our garage, looking towards the view I will miss.


The hedging and trees that we put in before the polytunnel was erected, that have grown so much in the years we've been here.

The Tunnels and the Veggie Patch


Leaving lots behind, including some of last years Spinach and Kale.


Bits and bobs for the new growers to make use of.


A final shot of what was my domain until two years ago.


Lets go back to the house now for a final goodbye.

Two shots of the conservatory.


Anything you see on these photos was left behind for the new owners.

Including brewing up supplies, a New Home card ... and a cheeky bottle of wine.



Ooops ... one thing we did forget to bring with us was the dog's and Gingers water bowl!!

Luckily they have far too many bowls for us to really miss this old one.


Shhh ... lets sneak past a resting Alan, although the dogs have spotted us.

Alan developed a DVT three days after his Covid-19 vaccination and has really struggled with all the physical stuff this week.  So it's been a question of do a bit, rest a bit, do a bit, rest a bit ... on doctors orders.  Best to try and live your life as best you can, take the tablets and the painkillers but do keep moving was the instruction.


Upstairs and the bedrooms are empty and echo-ey.


With the office furniture left in situ as the new owners will also be running a business from home.

And that's it, time to go back down, wake a snoozing Alan, bag up a cat and hit the road.



Town Life here we come.


Sue xx



47 comments:

  1. It’s a little sad to leave an old home, but so much more exciting to start living a new life in a new home! Good luck Sue x

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  2. Happy New Home. May it be all you wish for, Chrissie.

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  3. Thank you for the last look around. I feel a bit sad, but best to look forward to a new beginning. The new owners have a fantastic start to their adventure with everything you have left for them.

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  4. Aww Sue, thank you for sharing your beautiful farm and adventures with us these past seven and a half years. Your journey inspired and
    encouraged me to keep working the earth, planting and reaping the rewards of a better life.
    I know you will miss those incredible views each day, but hoping your new place to call "home" is just as satisfying and cozy.
    Wishing you both the very best, stay well !
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  5. I'll miss craning my neck to see if you are outside to wave to when we are to-ing and fro-ing up and down the valley. I've enjoyed your Welsh stories but I hope that you'll pick up again with some Lancashire ones later. Good luck to you both in your new home. Gill (and Mike)

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  6. That was a homestead requiring a whole LOT of work. I can see why you left it. On to "more manageable" surroundings. We're headed in the same direction.... just have to find the "more manageable" yet. :-) ~Andrea xoxo

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  7. Wishing you, Alan and the fur-babies many happy years in your new home. x

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  8. Thank you so much for the last look around. You have been very generous for the next people. Hope the move all goes smoothly and look forward to hearing from you in future. Wishing you all the best of luck for your new adventure.

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  9. I've enjoyed your life in the country, now I look forward to following your town life. Be happy, Sue xx

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  10. All the best wishes to you both for new adventures in your new home. Viv

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  11. I imagine it's a little sad as I know you really wanted to make country life work. But you pulled together and found a great compromise for you both. Good Luck. I hope Alan feels better soon, Has he had a DVT before?

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    1. Thank you. No Alan has never had a DVT before. He's now on blood thinners for at least the next six months, it's been a worrying and very painful week for him. ☹️

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    2. My friend used to get them and was a super fit Walker. He had to wear compression stockings. Get well Alan.

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  12. Thanks for sharing these photos with us; I'm sure the process is bittersweet. Congratulations on your fresh start and best wishes for Alan's improved health. I hope you both have time to put your feet up, enjoy the warm beverage of your choice, and RELAX! Moving is such an awful lot of work.....

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  13. Good luck Sue, I hope you'll both be happy in your new home.

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  14. Here's to new adventures!
    Arilx

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  15. I wish the new people a happy life in your old home, and you a happy life in your new one. Hoping that Alan's DVT will soon respond to treatment.

    Looking forward to seeing your new town life and some new adventures unfold. Good luck.

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  16. Aah, good luck in your new home. Those new owners of Isfryn are very lucky to have such thoughtful sellers!

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  17. It all looks wonderful in the pictures but it also must have given you a feeling of freedom when you pulled away from the house. Onwards to new things ....

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  18. Nice to have one last look.

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  19. Well done. New beginnings.

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  20. I enjoyed this final look around your former home. I also enjoyed following your time here! Not all things work out the way we hope but that is not a bad thing. I think you had many enjoyable times in this lovely home. I look forward to following you as you decorate your new lovely home! You two take care!

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  21. All best wishes for a lovely new start and a stress free settling in process.

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  22. You made so many improvements to your Wales home and everything looks really beautiful. I’m glad, however, that your new life will involve less work and more fun. Congratulations.

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  23. And on to the next chapter. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new home. Hope Alan is feeling better soon. Take care.

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  24. As you said Sue, the end of an era but it's the start of a new era, how exciting♥ Wishing you, Alan and all the fur babies the happiest of times in your new home:) How thoughtful and generous of you both to leave so many useful and lovely items behind for the new owners. Hope Alan feels much better soon♥ Linda xoxo

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  25. I enjoyed looking around for a final time. We've never lived in the country (in fact we live 4Km from the centre of the city!) so I really enjoyed the stories of the hens and sheep. Best of luck for settling in to your new home, and MUCH more importantly, for Alan's recovery.

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  26. Happy memories but it's time for the next chapter. X

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  27. Best to you in your mew life!

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  28. It's a lovely property and the new people are very, very lucky.
    End of an ere, start of a new adventure. All the very best to you both and the fur babies and I hope Alan recovers quickly.
    Have a wonderful future.
    xx

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  29. Good luck with your new home/life Sue - and Alan. That view is certainly the hardest thing to leave behind but new adventures beckon for you both.

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  30. what wonderful views. It was a lovely house and you both made so many improvements. The journey sounds just as exciting and full of new adventures!!!

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  31. How lovely that you've left it nice for the new people. All the very best in your new home and I look forward to reading about it.

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  32. I hope you both will be happy no matter where you go and Godsspeed!!!

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  33. Life is life... it changes, and you adapt with it. I have a feeling you'll have a fulfilling life in this new world, too. You'll be ok! Please keep telling us about your new spot...I love hearing about it.

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  34. I'm still not sure if my comment will reach you but I wanted to say thank you for sharing the lovely photos. You must have mixed feelings about leaving Isfryn but you are now on a new adventure. You have left the lucky new owners some lovely things including the bottle of wine and card! I feel a bit sad that news of Isfryn will be no more but look forward to you sharing your news at some point in the future. Sending every good wish for a happy new home and hoping that Alan feels much better. He has been very unlucky with the DVT hasn't he. Take care both of you x

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  35. May your new home be a blessing to you both.

    God bless.

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  36. Well, you have certainly left a beautiful property for the new owners! All the best in your new home(s) - can't wait to see some photos.

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  37. Can't help but feeling a little bit of sadness here. Not for you as I know how much you want this move and have lovely it will be for you all, but perhaps because I have always loved and envied your Welsh home. Lots of luck with everything. Glad that Ginger got there safely. So looking forward to following you on your new adventures. Thanks again for sharing.

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  38. Good luck with your new chapter.
    All the best
    Marlene xx

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  39. You both worked so hard on the Welsh house and you've kindly left it spik and span for the new folk. Good luck with everything going forward.
    Jean. x

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  40. What an historical overview. We all will miss it right along with you. I'm sorry about Alan's DVT. That must have been very painful - my mother had one last year. Was it Alan's 1st or 2nd shot - This spring I had a friend had a stroke 7 days after her 1st shot. (She's OK)

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  41. It was nice to say goodbye to your old house - you had done so much in those few years, you should be very proud of the way you got stuck in and made such a lot of improvements - lucky new owners. Looking forward to your next chapter - hope Alan is on the mend. x

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  42. Good to read you once again , I have just checked in on March 20 to find this and a couple more posts.
    I have been watching 'Escape to the Country" . Made me think of you and selling your home.
    I have loved seeing all the homes from your part of the world on the show .
    Very, very interesting and different.

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  43. Thanks for all the comments and good wishes folks. Much appreciated by us both. Alan is on the mend, but has been warned by the DVT nurse specialist that it will be a 3 to 6 months recovery process and most likely blood thinners for the rest of his life. He is just really grateful that it was in his leg where the clot formed and not anywhere more life-threatening.

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