The last few months have seen a huge upturning of life for me. I’ve live in Dumfries and Galloway for 30 years and I’ve moved over a hundred miles away. I can just about say it now without choking up. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from anywhere and was in a position to be able to support my daughter as she transitioned from D&G school to Edinburgh college by moving. It’s an experiment and it doesn’t have to be forever!
The whole experience has been stressful and fraught and I’ve spent months reflecting deeply on home and belonging; on wealth and privilege; on using time to the full; on focussing on what I want to do for the next 10 or 20 years of my life; on the give and take aspects of community. No doubt those themes will all emerge in songs over the next few years!
But for now, I’m glad I’ve landed where I am in East Lothian and I’ve been making myself at home in my new studio space at the wonderful community owned, Jacobean mansion that is Cockenzie House, home to 35 artist/creatives; self catering cottages for rent; a great café overlooking the gardens and it’s very own salt-pan! If you’re passing pop in for a cuppa.