A year ago I hadn’t even heard of the Outer Hebrides let alone been here. In fact I hadnt actually been to the Outer Hebrides until I set foot off the ferry last Friday – to move here. It was however, around this time last year whilst watching Katie Morag on Cbeebies and feeding Bea her dinner that Chris mentioned he had lived and worked on the islands where it was filmed. Bea was nine months old and I was only a few weeks pregnant with our son Noah. We talked about how beautiful it looked, but it was quickly forgotten, although we have watched Katie Morag ever since.
Four days after Noah was born in September we were very lucky to be given the opportunity to come and live in the Outer Hebrides. It wasn’t planned. We certainly hadn’t been looking or even thinking about moving let alone relocating! I’m not a particularly adventurous person, in fact I’m self acclaimed to be pretty uninterestingly boring – chris has worked in various parts of the world – I have rarely left my own back garden. But I’m happiest this way so each to their own I say! It did however mean that when I told chris to take the job without hesitation he looked rather startled, as did the majority of people when we told them where we were going! Moving up from Lancashire, with a relatively newborn baby and a toddler, to a place I had never been before! Well in writing it does sound pretty far out there, but if you read reviews on the place and google images after 10 minutes wouldn’t you be mad not too?
Now don’t get me wrong! This is the biggest step I’ve ever made in my life. We have no family here, I hadn’t seen the house to which we were going to live in, I don’t know anyone yet, but I do have my husband. A man in who’s hands I would place my life and in whom I have the upmost faith to make the best decisions.
So, in all, our move has been very simple, we packed the house up, sold a lot of things and moved here. Chris has arrived back greeted by old friends but its a wonderful fresh start also.
We don’t move into our house for another few weeks yet, so we are currently snuggled up into one of the Holiday cottages here at Hotel Hebrides looking out over Tarbert and the water. My favourite thing to do is watch the ferry smoothly roll into port and watch the car lights drive off and disappear over into the hills of Harris and Lewis. The hills we shall now call home.