28 October 2013

new surroundings and a new vehicle!

So we moved to a nature reserve. It's simply glorious.

A river,  a creek, a harbour and the sea. An old wooden pier, local ice creams, crab cakes, a deli and lots of fresh air.







(this is not our house! its a beautiful ramshackle old mill full of vintageness, not too far from our house. I think it is available for holiday let?!!! see this amazing inside tour) It reminds me a little of the big old crumbly shared house in London where I lived for 5 years. The cheapest rent in London! The rooms just went on and on, and the top floor swayed when a bus went past!






We have been dreaming of selling our modern 'reliable' Micra for about a year now, and buying ourselves a vintage 'run around'. Our camper is great for long trips and picnics, our fiat is staying London as its the perfect city car. So a Morris Minor Traveller is the perfect daily car.
We managed to finally buy one a few days ago (with the very much appreciated help of my brother!)






It's a bit of an extravagance to own three old cars I admit, but we believe vintage cars are the best investment for our savings! It's cheesy but...we invest in memories and live for the now.

(apples from our garden!)

I think our littl'un has changed so much since we moved. She seems calmer and happier, and is so engaged with everything around her. She loves the SPACE to run about and explore.

I feel so much more 'grown up', buying a house and living in the countryside.

p.s. I hope you are all ok after the storm? We lost one slate off the roof, not exactly the 'devastation' I was fearing giving the din all night. The winds reached 99 mph just around the corner from us, totally bonkers!

p.p.s. my lovely husband took most of these photos. He's good at getting up early to catch the sunrise, and his pictures are amazing!

32 comments:

  1. How utterly idyllic. Wishing you many happy times in your new home.

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  2. Looks idyllic :o)

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  3. Oh my goodness this looks beautiful, I've been following your blog for a couple of years now and it's so lovely to see how all your hard work is paying off. I'm still dreaming of my own little cottage and Morris minor! One day!

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    1. It must be my finest typing error EVER, I almost didn't want to correct it. I'm actually allergic to seafood, but my hubs loves it...so I wouldn't know, ...they could be crap! xx

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  5. Perfect choice. We love living by the sea. Best decision we every made to move here.

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  6. This looks so beautiful you've made me want to move there! The pics are lovely - your daughter seems so happy!

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  7. Oh my. My grandad had a Morris Minor just like yours, they definitely don't make cars today like them! Very jealous!!

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  8. Anonymous28.10.13

    I think she's starting to look like you...just a bit :) Congrats on your gorgeous new life! x

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  9. Anonymous28.10.13

    wunderful photos, cute family, amazing landscape :-)

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  10. Such beautiful surroundings! We live on the northern beaches of Sydney, so not exactly the country, but it's pretty peaceful here too. I come from a small town at the Arctic Circle so I feel much more at home here than in the heart of the city. Pehr is so lucky to grow up there :-)

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  11. Your new neighborhood looks just so very lovely!

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  12. Beautiful photos - looks like you have found the perfect spot!

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  13. Love the photos as always - paradise!. Did Plimsoll survive the big move ok?

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  14. That looks just perfect. Do you think you will miss the city? I've been thinking a lot about where I want to live. I like cities but I like nature. And if I have a baby, what will be more important?

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  15. Gah!! I adore the Morris Minor! Being one of three daughters to a vintage car/bike loving father, i have grown up with these names thrown around (alas, not the cars themselves! A bit harder to find here Down Under), so have been so excited each time you have featured a new (old) car! I even sent my father links to some of your older posts, featuring your VW camper (he used to own one, although not as wonderfully set out as yours). Anyway, a lovely and very enjoyable post as always. Your new neighbourhood looks absolutely lovely, and is making me want to move to the english countryside (well, actually, i am always wanting that!).

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  16. Your new home (and car) is making me swoon! I grew up on an island just off Seattle, and it was like a paradise, especially in the summer. Pehr is going to love it (it's obvious she already does)!

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  17. Oh wow, you guys got a Morris Minor with the wooden back!

    Buckets & Spades

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  18. My DREAM Car. I'll just re-read this post a few more times now shall I.

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  19. I too have a Traveller, mine I bought 10 years ago now. I have had other ones but I always bought the ones that were beyond my meagre budget for the restorations. I love them bought mine to France and it's a link to so many fine memories. I look forwards to hearing more. Here in France mine gets a lot of attention.

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  20. So wonderful to hear about transition from life in London to life in the country - what a beautiful place you have found to live.

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  21. Nao takes some beautiful photos! & Pehr gets more & more adorable with every click of the camera! The reserve looks wonderful! xx

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  22. Your daughter, your clothes, your liiife!!! I love it all!

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  23. Dear Artemis,

    Thank you for providing the perfect place to relax when job applications are on the go. I've been following your super duper blog for a few years...keep on posting lovely things please :-)

    Sarah x

    (author of the blog 'Belonging with Darcy': http://www.belongingwithdarcy.blogspot.co.uk/)

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  24. UPDATE: the slate was from our neighbours roof, as, I discovered, we have tiles on our roof not slates. Doh!

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  25. I love following your charmed life, I know it is charmed by choice and hard work . You are at a lovely time of life especially with Pehrs, It is funny how everything seems to come together at once. We live on 12acres and are now at the stage where our boys 7 and 8 disappear for 3 hours and come back with hobbit swords made from shells found at the creek amongst other things. Enjoy!

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  26. Incredible post, great pics that convey such beauty! Thank you very much and enjoy Nature!!

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  27. All lovely - especially the Traveller - love those cars - so now Artemis are you going to learn to drive I wonder? Because that car looks like better motivation for that than boring new ones.

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    1. Hey Madeleine, hope you are well? No, I don't drive because I don't want to kill anyone, no matter how pretty the car. Me + wheels is a bad combination, unless something magical happens to my co-ordination. I can't even ride a child's bike! Catch up with you in Brixton soon hopefully : ) x

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  28. Pehr is soooooooo cute!!!

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  29. Anonymous1.11.13

    looks so pretty

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  30. your car is so dreamy!
    i wish I had a "cheesy one" as you say. i have been following you for a while and find your life so interesting and over all so vintage!
    Congrats for all of what you do.
    Iris

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