Back in the 70′s there was a TV show called The Good Life. It was about a couple who gave up their well paid jobs to live a self-sufficient life in their sub-urban mid-terraced home. They grew their own vegetables, had chickens for eggs and even a goat. To me, that is a dream. I would love that life, but as long as we don’t own a home there is very little point us growing a garden just to find out that we will have to leave the next month.
McCarthy & Stone, who specialise in designing property for later in life, retirement homes and offer assisted living facilities, are holding a competition on the McCarthy & Stone Facebook page.
Starting on Monday they want to know what it means to people to live the good life.
They will collate all entries and one lucky winner will win a holiday for two worth £3000.
McCarthy & Stone are a local to us company with strong work ethics and was first established in 1977.
The Good Life, to me, is being home with my babies. It is making our home a comfortable space that we enjoy, it is baking bread, singing songs, dancing in the kitchen and lighting candles.
Two years ago, shortly after sweet Arthur was born, my fingers started going numb and I had to give up knitting.
Last week my friend Karina made a beautiful crochet hat for Miss Emily and looking at the pictures of the beautiful wool, seeing the hat grow and take shape, I realised how much I really miss knitting.
Of course I had donated all my knitting needles and wool about a year ago, but the good life, to me, means being able to make the best out of what we have, even if that means knitting with craft wool and pencils.
(My new needles, I have been told, are in the post and due to arrive within the next week!)
So far all I have knit up are two little bowls, and while knitting is a lot like riding a bike it also feels like I am starting from scratch. I will be patient with myself, (why is that so difficult?), I will start small and work my way up.
While I don’t see myself knitting lace anywhere in my near future I am so, so glad to have picked up the knitting needles again, the comforting act of turning a ball of wool into something real, it’s a little bit like magic, and it definitely is the good life.
What does the good life mean to you?
Don’t forget to enter the McCarthy & Stone Facebook Contest on Monday!
Have a beautiful day!