Hello everyone! Exciting news – I finally did it; I have made the move to Hebden Bridge. This may not sound monumental to you but when you consider that I have been talking about it for months and hadn’t expected to take the plunge until much later in the year, I think it’s a fairly big development.
It was with a heavy heart that me and my cats packed our worldlies and bade farewell to our pad in the city. I’d been there a long time and the place had made a useful base during the trials and tribulations of starting my organic food company. But with the business now performing well without the need for too much input from me, I figured the time was right to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some peace – not to mention better stargazing.
The only headache really was with web access. I wanted to get an SDSL connection put in but apparently the local exchange isn’t enabled to handle it. On top of this, the fairly remote location of my new cottage means I’m further from the exchange than I’m used to, which in turn means slower speeds. Nevertheless, I’ve still got a fairly decent speed up here and with the VPN we set up at work I can log onto the network and work from home with ease. Plus it means the guys don’t have to put up with my unannounced office visits anymore!
Another boon of my move to the countryside is that I get to spend more time with my beloved horse, Pip. She used to board at Dickey Steps in Littleborough – the bridleways in the area, and up on to Blackstone Edge, are fantastic – but now I’m thinking of moving her closer to me. There are a couple of stables in Todmorden that I’ve been looking at, although I haven’t made any decisions yet. Being just a short drive from Pip means I’ve already been out on her this month more than I had during the entire first part of the year.
I’ll be blogging more about my arrival in Hebden Bridge soon. I might even post up some photos of the new place. Stay tuned!
In star-watching news, the Moon is at perigee on Sunday, so fingers crossed we get a clear night so we can have a good look at it. Also on Sunday, clocks go forward by one hour – don’t forget, or you might be in for a nasty surprise on Monday morning.