Opening the Door
Almost a year has passed since I've posted. To borrow an expression from Stephen King, I've had the door closed. King says to write with the door closed, and edit with it open. Only in part is he referring to a physical door, it's more about maintaining focus and excluding outside influence that might change the course of the plot, or in my case alter the result of much research and soul-searching.
I last posted in September 2017 at the start of a journey to find a new home. We knew it would be in England or Scotland, but exactly where was the subject of much discussion, research and travel. Any of you who have relocated will know what a compromise it becomes, trading this for that, foregoing what pulls the heart in favour of what the head tells you is 'best'.
We feel incredibly lucky to have found our new home so quickly, and such a close match with our goal. The Dovecote was built in around 1750, and renovated in the 1990s, is located midway between Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Wooler, and fulfils nearly all of our wishes and needs. And doesn't it look fab! And yes, that is the sea on the right, and that is a writer's retreat in the tower.