"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

thoughts from today

I love blogging. I really do. at the moment i am living two lives.
one at Inglewood, where I am taking things down from walls much like un-decorating a christmas tree. I wander around my garden, gathering bits - statues, wall plaques, pots & other things that dutch husband and I have collected over the years, and each one holds a memory.. I look at my garden with different eyes, a bittersweet time.. remembering when we first bought the house and all we have done to the garden.. but there is an underlying excitement of course with the life to come at Villa Maria. .. but like I said, it is really like taking decorations down at Christmas time
then I pack it all into my car and take it down to Villa Maria where it sits until I have time to find a home for each and every piece of garden art. what I cannot find a home for will be given away to friends..
Villa Maria, the other part of my life.. where I go each day and renovate.. pulling up carpet, cleaning out cupboards, pruning trees.. [and of course you can read about that at Stories from Villa Maria.....]

today at Woodford we had a frost.. and the oranges will be really sweet, ready to eat.. I will leave some on the tree for the new owners.. I can just imagine their excitement about picking their own fruit.. what a life they have to look forward to!

[I am visiting blogs, as I can ~ trying to run two homes at once and also moving my mother into aged care in the next few weeks, is quite a daunting task.. so if I don't visit please don't think i have forgotten you.. I will be by as I can.. ]


Leanne said...

a busy time, i remember it well-- its 18months now since i moved.

Your move is different though Robyn- you are moving because you want to. And that is such a blessing for you. You have chosen your new home and cant wait to make the move, whereas I had to move, to somewhere I didnt want to be, to a new strange life I didnt want to live. I cope, I am putting down roots, of a sort, I am nursing the garden here back to life, and I try to be positive, to be glass half full. If i can make a new life even though i didnt want any of this, I know, with all my heart, you can make a fabulously happy life and fabulous new home because you have chosen this fork in your personal road!

love and light, leanne x

Kathryn said...

Wow, I sure know how living in two worlds feels. I am still not totally moved from the coast. I am struck by how much stuff accumulates and then, what to do with it once I am done with it. It can be overwhelming so the best thing is to put one foot in front of the other and focus on the task at hand. We only get from here to there one step at a time. Blessings, I am with you....

Diva Kreszl said...

so happy you had a few moments to post today as I always enjoy reading your words!

mxtodis123 said...

Bittersweet, isn't it? All traces of your life at Inglewood are disappearing while your new life is taking shape. I wouldn't mind moving, but we're kind of stuck right, I have to bear with it for awhile longer.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Taking down the Christmas decorations is the perfect analogy! You're so busy right now, absolutely do not worry about blogging and visiting blogs! Do what you need to do!

Janet said...

What a great comparison....taking down Christmas decorations. You're right, too. That's what it's like to pack up a home and move to another one. And then you have the excitement of decorating that new home with all your treasures.

Don't worry about me. I know you're busy and I'll keep stopping by to see what you're doing. I'm enjoying the transition, too! I don't have to do all the work!!

amelia said...

Oh I wish I could be the new owner of Inglewood!! To have fresh oranges from the tree!

I am in the same process, she's next on the list for a private home which will take all her money and then some. Trouble is there are no government run homes in our area.

~Sheila~ said...

I'm surprised you have time to blog at all, with all you have to do.
Take care of yourself and everything will get done in a timely fashion.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I know what it like to move from one place to anther. When we move on the other side of the river it was some doing take care of everything.

I bet I'll enjoy Villa Maria much as I do reading "Tales of Inglewood" I have to say I to enjoy blogging and if one asked me why I couldn't tell you why. I just do.

Coffee is on.

Winterwood said...

I'm surpised youre blogging at all Robyn with all thats going on in your life at the mo!

Pam said...

Robyn you are a wonder.Hard to say to pace yourself, when there is so much to be done.One can hardly say things are at a standstill in your world. For you friend, I wish bucketloads of energy,a treasuretrove of memories,a heart that's strong with moving your mother, happiest healthy days, and slumbering nights of well-earned rest. Good luck to you and Dutch husband in this,your next adventure, and to your mother, all the best also.xx

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Robyn, You are truly amazing. I am so envious of your energy and vitality♥ Can you bottle some and send it to me xxx I hope the move goes really well for your Mum and that she is looking forward to making and meeting new friends. As we know it's the circle of life.