Well, unbelievably, it seems that the wait is over - we've sold our house! It's for a lot less than its pre-credit crunch value, but it's great to have the liability of a mortgage I don't have the income to service gone. It feels like a tonne weight off my back.
Happily, we are all signed up for our new home , a rented cottage on a small sporting estate only 6 miles away. There is plenty of space for vegetable growing, chicken keeping and lots of other little plans that have been on hold for a while - everything from making mosaics through keeping bees to soap making.
I'm looking forward to a summer of pottering about and making a start at:
building a top bar bee hive
starting a "no dig" vegetable and fruit garden
putting up a polytunnel
trying to build in as many Permaculture practices as possible into my life
Breeding my favourite Croad Langshan poultry
Maybe even keep a few Abacot Ranger ducks
being able to do all this in a settled and meditative way, no pressure, no deadlines, but just pride in doing it all as well as possible.