Hasta luego London. I’ve sold my house and packed my Mini to the max, I couldn’t even see out of the back window or passenger window to start with, had to re pack hoping not to miss the ferry to Spain leaving later in the afternoon. I’m cutting my personal overheads right down while I work on the first Hibiscus collection. I’ve decided to relocate for a while to a tiny village on the Costa de la Luz in Andalucia with zero tourism, they don’t speak a word of English, the fact that I don’t speak a word of Spanish will have to be addressed when I get there. A quick story here for those kind enough to be be bothered reading the small print of my blog..I arrived at Portsmouth on the South coast of England feeling so pleased with the my progress so far, got out my travel documents only to realise my ferry was leaving from Plymouth, a 5 hour drive away!!! Freaking out I called Brittany ferries who assured me I would be ok they miraculously had a ferry leaving from Portsmouth – Bilbao that night. Massive sigh of relief. I landed in Bilbao 2 days later (another story), drove for 7 hours down to the border of Portugal through the wild and beautiful region of Extremadura and stayed overnight at the wonderful Finca La Ramallosa, it put the Garden of Eden firmly in the shade with its stunning olive groves and wild lavender (I thought you could only buy it in Petersham Nurseries!). I lay down in a meadow beside a mill pond heaving with cow parsley and blissed out staring at the blue, will say it again BLUE skies.
After sleeping like a sedated baby I drove another 5 hours down to Andalucia and parked up outside my new home ready to unpack the mini and have a fat glass of wine!