My name is Liz Burton a recently (September 2010) retired doctor who practised as a family doctor in Dorset, UK. After 31 years I decided to break out of a regimented lifestyle and start to explore some of the things that interest me and have a simpler lifestyle. Our interests include travelling, trekking and traditional Irish music.
This little website is where we will both try to record our thoughts. In November 2010 we moved to a smallholding near Llandeilo, in Wales. We have no previous connection with this area and having discovered it’s beauty we fell in love with this amazing valley with the river running through it where the the only sounds are, the river, the Buzzards and Red Kites. We are also slightly obsessed about Irish music, particularly the music from East Clare; we can often be found at festivals in Feakle, Corofin and Tulla.
At the time of updating this we have now been here for nearly two and a half years and it certainly has been a great move and a brilliant change to our lives. There is certainly more to life than the ‘work treadmill’ that we all can so easily get ensnared in. So far it has been probably the best thing we have ever done.
I am married to John (above) who has also retired and who has previously been a farmer, dog warden, environmental health officer and a photographer.
John is quite an ‘acquired’ taste and can hold (what some would see as) quite controversial views about subjects like religion, city bankers, the royal family, supermarkets and the consumer society in general! As an atheist he views religion and, in particular, the indoctrination of vulnerable young minds as an evil bordering on child abuse. Whilst having no issues about what individuals believe religion is, as far as we are concerned, just codified superstitious stories made up by other people and it has no place being foisted on people particularly when it is funded by the state. As for homoeopaths, magnetic bracelets and celebrities don’t even get John started!
“The word ‘God’ is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, and religious scripture a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.”- Albert Einstein
Having got that out of the way – and if you do believe in a god; well no problem we’re still quite happy to say hi and have a chat.
We will try and keep the site updated with what we are doing and sometimes give you our thoughts from time to time and show you some of the things that interest us.