Time for a Move !

In About, Narrowboat, Next Adventure by lisa@lisabeaney.co.uk7 Comments

We had always said that when the children left home so would we ! So for us this is an opportunity to find a smaller house (I’ve never liked housework !!) with more land. There are lots of things I’d like to do with some land the first of which is to build a custom studio πŸ™‚ …. Both children have moved out (we now have grand children as well) so we still need accommodation but I want it to be fun accommodation (more on that later πŸ˜‰ ) So, the house is on the market and we are busy planning our next adventure in life.

Where are we moving to ?

Living where we do in Steyning we have been spoiled with our easy access to open countryside and I wouldn’t ever want to lose this. Finding the right house with some land is going to be a bit of a challenge….. This means we could be “between houses” for a while and I don’t really want to move in to temporary rented accommodation. I think if we did that and didn’t like it I would feel more pressure to compromise on our future home. So, I have a cunning plan !

As many of you know I’m a great lover of the countryside and spend a lot of my time (Phill may say too much of my time!) out running on the trails round here. I think we live in a really beautiful country and I want to spend time travelling it and exploring it……

So, while we are looking for the “right” place it seems the perfect opportunity to do something we have both been talking about for quite a while and that is to explore our canals and waterways on a narrowboat ! This means I can tour round the country whilst continuing to work as a photographer combining two things that I love doing. (Boudoir on a Boat ???)

It is quite exciting planning all the places that I would like to visit; with a canal boat you can get in to central London, Birmingham or Leeds as well as explore hundreds of miles of open countryside away from roads ! It is this chance to spend some time really exploring the country that I’m looking forward to (and yes, I’ve already bought a map of the whole canal system πŸ™‚ ).

What this does mean is that I need to start a serious decluttering exercise; it is amazing how much “stuff” you accumulate over 27 years so look out for some photographic bargains !

I will be blogging about this more as our plans progress (we need to find a buyer for our house first) but if you want to keep up to date with how things are going (and be the first to see the photography bargains) then please subscribe to this blog !

PS If you know anyone that wants to buy a house with an old Quaker Meeting Hall that makes a great studio then point them here !!


  1. My son is into his photography so I will keep an eye on whst your selling

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      Thank you πŸ™‚ I’ll make sure I post it here first !

  2. I saw the for sale sign when I drove past the other day…..what a great adventure you are going on! Have the dogs got their sea (canal) legs? I’m sure your house will get snapped up, it’s beautiful. Look forward to reading more about your adventure x

  3. What fun. Some of our best holidays have been on Canal Boats πŸš£β€β™€οΈ. Good luck Lisa x

  4. Good luck. Love the canal, but after 4 moves in less than 3 years I’m ready for just one more to the home before the care home. Nearby open water (ideally sea/beach) but not so close that we end up on the beach underwater in 20 years time (same for cliff edge no no’s). The list of attributes grows each week as we (all Sian – I’m hopeless) arrange to view another property. Despite decluttering over the past few moves, there’s still a ton of must have items and my archive of 1.8 million images all needs to go somewhere.

    Looking at storage options and daily updating mum at her place in Wales (which could be a short term option between moves). Mum has Alzheimers now, so all the priorities have changed for that too. It’s more than a bit crazy, but I’m trying to reconcile that many worse things happen at sea and that it’s really just another adventure.

    Canal boating is a great option for all the reasons you state. I hope it’s fun and if anyone can record a wonderful portfolio on route it’s you and Phil.

    The grandchildren will love it too.

  5. Best of luck Lisa! Sounds like a great adventure for you and Phill. Love your home and as you say, it doubles as a great studio – would have been interested if it was a little nearer to me!
    Hope to see you at a show or other venue sometime and if you have Sony gear to dispose of, I may be interested.

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