Back in 2012 we had a bit of a windfall - one of the winning numbers for the London Olympics Lottery Raffle Prize turned out to be our number. The outcome was that we finally had a chance to buy our own property and to get out of Walthamstow, N.E. London, in exchange for a prospective new home in Devon.
Problem: Finding said home.
Solution: Apply to go on Escape to the Country and let someone else do the leg-work!
The result was a couple of days with a BBC TV film crew in North Devon, and we bought the first house they showed us.
This one, in fact.
We moved in on the day it snowed heavily on 18th January 2013, and absolutely love it here.
Quite a few things have changed in the years between. Kathy married Adam, for instance, and we built an extension apartment for them.
We moved in with two cats, a dog and two horses. We now still have two cats (although Sybil has gone semi-feral) ...
|Our old boy Rum|
sadly left us in March 2013
three big show jumpers
|Lexie (Shinglehall Casino)|
|Saffie - La Rafaelle|
With all this additional excitement through the years, I invited the BBC TV Escape to the Country team back for their spin-off series I Escaped to the Country.
So on the 27th February 2018 we played host to the lovely Alistair Appleton and crew for the day.
|Baz wasn't very impressed|
|Although he adored Alistair|
|Mr Mischief, of course, |
wanted to know if anything was edible...
|Then it was time for lunch, which we provided|
The cheese was from the Cheese Larder in South Molton
|Donkey, however did not want to join in|
|... until Alistair walked away|
|I think he was scared because the boom-microphone|
looked a bit like donkey fur
|Phew, it's hard work this being on TV lark!|
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