So it's May 2020 and the enormity of moving the tons of undergrowth (or overgrowth!) that had accumulated over two decades seems endless before we even begin. I say "we" in a very loose sense as its poor Hugo Campbell, our Project Manager from COER Development that actually had the thankless task.
So beneath the grey skies the diggers moved in and it began. We also got the opportunity to take a look at the retaining wall at the back of the site. I remember distinctly that wall going in and agonising over what colour stone to do it in. Had I realised that so many years later the colour of the stone would have changed so drastically I probably wouldn't have fretted so much about it. The elements had tuned the pale sandstone rock into the same colour as the hill behind it and it was now a dark brown/grey. I loved that it looked more part of the landscape abut we made a mental note for choosing the colour of the stone for the house further down the line.
We also started the paperwork! Getting the site Planning Permission for our new home was quite the dance with the architects and the planners. But step one was announce that we were building - and cross our fingers that there would be no objections!