Its been a nice house with good views and good neighbours with easy access to parts of the countryside that we have loved very much. But, it and its garden got to be too much for us to manage so that great factor of old age, "downsizing", came a calling.
So, a bit of a roller coaster, very tiring physically for oldies who have difficulty in getting up and down stairs, but also encouraging to discover that we ain't actually dead yet. Let us hope that we have a few years left to enjoy our new home and the part of the world in which it is set. And when the shades lengthen, and the evening comes and our work is done, the cemetery is on a lovely hillside (where St. Cuthbert may have visited, and might have been brought during the Viking incursions), with views across the Dee estuary.**
* : 26 years, 9 months, 17 Days according to https://www.timeanddate.com
** : The history of the parish Church of Kirkcudbright goes back many centuries. The first church was named after St. Cuthbert, who probably visited the town in the course of his missionary travels. The name Kirkcudbright may date from the early foundation of a church dedicated to Cuthbert - the "kirk of St Cuthbert". In 875, when Norsemen raided the coast of Northumbria the monks on Lindisfarne had to flee, taking with them their holy relics which included the bones of St Cuthbert. One of their sanctuaries was Kirkcudbright. It is likely that the original building was above the town, where St. Cuthbert's graveyard now stands. A group of yew trees, planted in 1838 in the older part of the churchyard, indicate its likely location. http://www.kirkcudbrightparish.org.uk/history.asp