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Globetrotting gran has moved house 60 times
1:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A grandmother who has moved an incredible 60 times during her lifetime says her favourite home has been in the Lake District.
Octogenarian Orina Wyness moved somewhere new virtually every year of her married life and as well as the United Kingdom has lived in France, Australia, Gibraltar and Tasmania.
But the best-loved and favourite of all her homes was the ‘quaint’ little post office at High Newton, near Grange-over-Sands.
She and her former Royal Navy petty officer husband Ray bought the post office for £18,500. They ran it for two years before selling up for £25,000 and emigrating to Australia.
But Mrs Wyness, 80, has also lived in Windermere three times, twice in Ambleside, Grasmere and Grange and once in Kendal and Underbarrow. “The post office was my favourite of all our homes as I loved the period features,” said Orina, who now lives in Leominster. “I love old houses. We hardly got any customers so had to move on.”
Orina’s wandering lifestyle began when she married Ray in 1955 and she left her home in Blackpool two years earlier to join the Royal Navy in Plymouth.
And throughout the couple’s lives, wherever they ended up, it seemed Cumbria kept pulling them back.
Before High Newton, the pair had lived on College Road, Windermere, and then after seven years in Perth, Australia, they moved to Ambleside in 1988.
And in the same year, they packed up their belongings again and took up residence in Underbarrow.
And after stints in Dinan, France, Hereford and Leeds – Orina and Ray were back in Grasmere in 1990, then Grange, right next to St John’s Church in 1995, back in Ambleside in 1997 and then set up home in Greenside, Kendal, in 2000.
She has also lived in Plymouth, Preston, Cleveleys, Redruth, Leeds and Lincoln.
While in Australia she had abodes in Perth, Albany, Brisbane, Sydney, Bunbury and Balingup. “We’ve kept coming back to the Lakes over the years because my brother lived in Ambleside and over the years we built up a lot of friendships,” says Orina.
“I worked in a shop my brother owned called Aladdin’s Cave in Ambleside, as well as dress shops in Bowness.
“In all the years I have moved, I have never had as many friends somewhere.
“I still think of the Lake District as my home.”
People say moving house is one of life’s most stressful challenges but the grandmother-of-three has taken it all in her stride, describing it as ‘exciting’ to keep packing and unpacking somewhere new.
“I just like moving, I like waking up in a different setting and to keep moving around,” she said. “There have been times that I have not wanted to get up and move though. I didn’t want to leave my home in Greenside or leave Grasmere.”
Orina’s travelling bug seems to have worn off and she has bought an antiques shop in Leominster called The Bird Cage, selling off items she has accrued from around the world.
She is doubtful she will move again but will still continue to visit the Lake District when she can.
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