Four months ago, my new wife and I said goodbye to industrial Teesside to begin our new life in Kielder.
We’d been honeymooning a few weeks earlier in the largest man-made forest in Europe when we stumbled across what would be our new home.
Leaving a busy marina town with its 24hr-everything, the idea of living in the remotest village in England sounded like a dream. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into but we couldn’t wait to dive right in.
So far we’ve discovered that Kielder midges are immune to every possible repellent, cows are not afraid of our Honda Jazz, and it’s important to check the grass for toads before switching on the lawnmower.
As our body-clocks adjust to the dawn chorus of birds and sheep, we are quickly getting used to a slower pace of life. I’ve swapped Facebook addiction for a game of “Can I get the coal fire lit without losing an eyebrow?” while enjoying the total absence of mobile phone signal.
Rural Teacake is where I will be sharing the highs, lows and muddy in-betweens of rural living, while Mrs Wifey and I enjoy life as newly-weds. I’ll be blogging about rural life, Northumberland and a lot about the midges.