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Chucking It All

How Downshifting to a Windswept Scottish Island Did Nothing to Improve My Quality of Life

(Second Edition)

Max Scratchmann

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 Max Scratchmann

Chapter 1 - Where My Long-Cherished Dream Is Finally Realised plus I Get to Meet a Kangaroo

I pull back the hastily tacked-up curtain on our new bedroom window and look out at the unbelievable vista of unending sea and sky before me. In the clear, painterly light of a cold April sun, I look down the hillside at a breathtaking panoramic landscape laid out in front of me like a camera obscura. Rugged sheep-grazing scrub quickly gives way to gently undulating fields which, in turn, flow down the placid slope of Snaba Hill like a river towards an ice-blue sea, where monochrome oystercatchers with bright orange bills dig patiently for sandworms on a narrow strip of pure white beach.

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