I’m not sure of the exact moment that the realisation hit. I don’t think it was so much a bolt out of the blue but at some point in the last two years I began to question where I wanted to be in life. I don’t just mean metaphorically but also literally! I’ve always had a love affair with the UK and felt proud to be British however in many senses I’ve felt as though maybe I was born in the wrong climate and one not so conducive to the good health and wellbeing one gets from a more outdoor lifestyle. I HATE being cold! Now, we Brits love to complain about the weather, in fact It’s become something of a national pastime. We had such a wonderful summer two years ago with the great weather lasting through til October with warm, sunny days and long evenings sitting outside and I noticed how much more positive and healthy this made me feel going into winter. Last summer as usual was a complete wash out and so rather than moaning about it in typical British style I decided to try to find a solution!
As followers of this blog will know, I have a long-standing love affair with the Balearic island of Mallorca. I’ve been visiting since I was a little girl and spent a lot of time there in my late teens. In recent years the hubby has fortunately shared my enthusiasm for the island and it’s culture, its way of life and of course climate. And so it was just over a year ago now that after more than a little persuasion (he’s the sensible one whereas I’m more “jump in, think later”) we decided to start looking for a house on the island. We are lucky in some sense that Brendan’s job is very intense for 8 months of the year but does leave us with 4 months of family time during the summer. While this is wonderful and we’ve had some great summers in the UK with friends, let’s face it, the weather quite often literally puts a dampener on things! Also recent world and personal events left us with the realisation that it really is important to live every day to the fullest and do what makes you happy right now! What makes us happy we’ve realised, is sunny, bohemian Mallorca and it’s laid back lifestyle.
We started our search looking for a holiday home but as we’ve spent more and more time on the island we’ve begun to think that maybe, eventually this beautiful place could become a more permanent residence for us. We have two years before The Squidge starts school so we have a little time to decide. Having said that, one thing we have realised is that time on this Island goes at a very different pace. We started our search for our dream property last June and here I am today, writing this from our rented villa. You see nothing is straight forward on this island when it comes to property purchasing. Due to incredibly strict planning laws I would predict that up to 80% of properties in our search area have illegal construction! The other issue is that the estate agents have so many properties on their books that they know very little about them. Just some of the scenarios we’ve had in the last year include the agent receiving a call whilst we were viewing a property to say it was sold the previous week. A bank re-possession that we found out couldn’t be bought for 3 years and that no-one knew the asking price of and finally a property that we fell in love with and made an offer on only to find out 3 months later that it didn’t exist on the land registry as anything other than a chicken shed!
Despite all of this we have persevered, having changed our expectations to something a little more realistic and I do believe it has paid off! I almost daren’t say for fear of jinxing it but we have just had our offer accepted on a truly wonderful property. Ok so it’s not quite the two storey, stone finca (country house) we were looking for but it’s full of old-fashioned charm (with room for an organic “The Good Life” style veggie patch) and we love it! It is (nearly) legal and we now have a lawyer whose grasp of the English language is good enough that we can fully understand each other (muy importante). It’s all progressing at a very exciting rate! There is still a long way to go and I live with the constant fear of discovering some little detail that throws a spanner in the works but all going well we should have our dreamy Mallorcan home by the middle of June!
In the meantime we are here on the island recovering from a very busy winter and preparing for our future life in Mallorca. We also have a couple of Birthdays coming up this week (including a “big” birthday for someone very special tomorrow…he’s currently crying over in the corner!)
I’m hoping that our summers in rural Mallorca will provide some great and exciting content for the blog and over the coming days, weeks and months I am hoping to keep you filled in with a regular diary of our life here in this hugely inspiring place as well as the inevitable teething problems that come with life in a different country and culture. You can keep updated with my regular Instagram and Twitter posts and I hope you”ll check back here to see how we are getting on in our search for a more holistic life! A couple of you have asked via Instagram for a travel guide to Mallorca and I promise I will do one as soon as I’ve done a bit more research! In the meantime, to find out more about life on this heavenly island I would thoroughly recommend a novel called “A Lizard In My Luggage” by Anna Nicholas.