Book: The Caravan of Love - Annie's Journal by Annie Lancastercategories: Book, Diary, Memoir, House-Renovation, Relocation, Country-Life, Family-Life, Ireland, England, Newcastle, Cork, Journal
Angela Gascoigneabout this book: Go on, admit it! I know you have. We all have! Hasn't everyone dreamed of abandoning the rat race, renovating a derelict ruin, and eventually living in a self-sufficient paradise in a tranquil haven amongst rolling hills and endless countryside?
Annie and Tom share that dream.
Back in Newcastle Upon Tyne they've achieved much, they think. Buying their council house and transforming it into a little palace is a big achievement. Tom works as a self-employed tattoo artist and Annie as a part-time care assistant in a local nursing home. Life isn't too bad at all.
So, why the itchy feet they both succumb to regularly?
Is it due to a mid-life crisis? Or, just a natural desire to spread their wings and fly to pastures new. Maybe it's something to do with the fact that they've never even had a holiday abroad. The finances were never available.
Could relocation be the next best thing?
When Tom is offered a job in a brand new tattoo studio in Ireland their adventure begins. Travelling alone in the family's VW camper van, he negotiates the choppy Irish Sea on board the Cork Swansea ferry on a journey to the unknown.
While Tom gets settled into his new job and finds suitable accommodation for the family Annie deals with the house sale, packing and other jobs back in Newcastle. Three months later, along with all but one of their three sons, she joins Tom in Ireland.
There's no going back now.
Annie's journal chronicles the highs and lows of her new life in Ireland and the unexpected twists and turns the family encounter along the way.
Will they have the courage to see their plans through to the bitter end? Or, will they turn their backs on the Emerald Isle and go back to what they know?
Read on and let Annie's journal enlighten you, amuse you and leave you with that burning question: What happened next?
• Adored it! By Welshcol
This is a brilliant journey, sometimes sad, uplifting and laugh out loud funny. This must have been some journey and difficult to come out the same sane person. I loved this book.
• There has to be a second book to follow. Amazon customer
A fantastic book , I couldn't put it down until I had read it all , I hope to read more from Anne's journal
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