For anyone happening on this site who doesn’t know me : I am a mature female with many varied interests – reading, music, art, gardening, family history, current affairs. At the beginning of 2008 my husband and I decided to explore the idea of leaving city living behind us and relocating to a smaller community. After much research we have chosen to leave Edinburgh after 40 years and move to Rothesay on the Island of Bute. This is a huge change for us and this blog is being written to chronicle the ups and downs of our adventure for our widespread family and friends. The early entries, although in chronological order, are all post dated because for the first few weeks we had no internet service, I was too busy with practicalities, mostly exhausted and permanently over excited.