Keith,if you've been reading the last few months,you'll gather we've been through a similar thing,nothing like the distance(about 6 miles!!) but a completely different world just the same. For me,what I've given up has,and probably always will be,really difficult(although inevitable) but for the kids,even though they don't have the fields and the livestock,they are happier than they've ever been(near school,their friends,facilities etc,etc.) and we've all adapted really quickly.
No bull,You always come across as thoughtful,optimistic and above all positive.With that attitude you'll be moving to something better however brilliant the place you're leaving. Best Wishes,don't abandon us for some other crank site! (I thought Nova Scotia was just a place in a song by Carly Simon,I'll have to google it)..(and the Poirot?...it's so often the Doctor what did it.)
Good luck with your move,hope you find somewhere good.