Throughout the lengthy process from when it was just an idea, getting in an architect and obtaining planning permission to the now finished build, of one thing I felt sure. It was and is the right decision for me to downsize. The fact that one of my daughters and her family are able to live in my house and I have only moved across the garden, could not be more perfect.
It has been quite a journey. I have travelled the gamut of many emotions from start to finish but I never once doubted that the time was right for change. Getting older (hopefully!) is something we all face and I am happy and relieved to have made this move while I am still able to enjoy all the delights of being a parent and grandparent that are on offer, without the huge responsibility of running a large family home. When my third grandchild was born, it became obvious to my daughter and her husband that their home was becoming too small. We discussed at length our many options but always came back to the fact that we all love our family home and none of us wanted me to sell it.
So here we are, still settling in and tweaking the furnishings, enjoying each and every moment. I have my privacy and they have theirs but we now only have to cross the garden to see each other. No vehicle required!
My view has changed too as I look out across the garden with the added bonus that it is springtime and the trees and bushes are in flower. Change is definitely good... it is wonderful.