We've ran our business for the last 6 years, sports coaches working in schools doing P.E. and running after school courses aimed at getting kids into, and enjoying sport.
" sorry even though you've got the experience in the public sector, we are looking for someone who's had more experience in the private sector"
Then, a phone call, followed by numerous emails and more calls, then a trip to Scotland, the date
01/11/10 Janice's birthday, had to be an omen.
Standing mouth open, taking in the gorgeous views and the remoteness of the area, we find ourselves falling in love with what is in front of us, then..............
...... bump!!! down to earth, sort your head out, you've got an interview to go through.
We leave a couple of hours later and drive back to York, the conversation dominated by what we have just seen, the words being used WOW and WOW, the scale and beauty of the area beyond compare and that's saying something, (me being brought up in and around Whitby and the North Yorkshire moors)
So, a week goes by and still we hear nothing, then,
a phone call, "we would like to offer Janice and you the position if you are still interested?"
STILL INTERESTED!!!!!! that has to be the understatement of the century, we'd spoken about nothing else for the whole week, so we accept the position and it all begins................
Well I suppose at this point I should tell you a little bit about the job description,
housekeeper / gardener handyman
all sounds relatively simple, then.......the people who we are going to work for, drop the bombshell,
" we are really interested in becoming self-sufficient, growing our own fruit and veg, keeping chickens a few pigs and possibly bees, also we want to provide our own power, wind and water turbines, solar power and underground heat source"
A dream comes true.
Exactly what we want, never going to be able to live the dream for ourselves, by ourselves, so doing it for someone else and with someone else is the perfect way to go.
So, we're into January now and the excitement is growing, our new employers are keeping in touch and we're bouncing ideas off each other about whats going to happen. A chainsaw course for me and a smallholding course for us both in the pipeline,cant wait, going to learn how best to manage and make use of the land, plus the basics of keeping chickens and pigs etc.
A fantastic weekend.
With regards to the course we found it in a google search for smallholding courses, and due to the time scale, and our future location, it became a need for us to find something sooner rather than later, however, my decision would not alter at all, and I WOULD and WILL highly recomend it to anyone interested. The only thing I would change, would be the time of year we attended, we both would have loved to see the farm in all its summer glory, especially the wooded areas, with the orchids in bloom.
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