20 August 2019

A Year Ago


A lorry has just reversed into our driveway to take away the skip that has been parked outside for the last two weeks.  Will, the electrician, is fitting the lights and electrical sockets in the kitchen.  “Do you want cool white, daylight or a warm white setting for your downlighters?”
Hmm, so many decisions to make.  I opt for the warm white as it’s probably more flattering to my skin tone when I’m standing beneath them.

It’s hard to believe that a year ago the estate agent rang to arrange a viewing of our house in France.  An offer made and accepted and within four weeks we were driving back to the UK with a trailer load of boxes containing our most prized possessions, ready to explore a completely new destination.

Rick's travelling crate for his trip back to the UK
loading the trailer


We have been living in this quiet Lincolnshire village for almost a year now and we enjoy living here.  We have missed the French sunshine and our beautiful old home; this summer’s weather has been disappointing but it is England after all.  The greenhouse is full of ripe tomatoes and Paul’s vegetable patch has produced really well.

My new kitchen is almost complete and has transformed this tired bungalow into a modern, contemporary home.  A lot has happened in a year.  No regrets.


21 comments:

  1. You are on a new adventure in your new home in England. No regrets is the best part.

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    1. No regrets but a twinge of sadness when we think about our old home and friends in France.

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  2. So glad you are enjoying my home county. It just doesn't seem like almost a year

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  3. Funny Weaver thinks it doesn't seem like almost a year. To me it seems like you have been back much longer than that.

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    1. It's been a busy year so whilst time has passed very quickly it also seems that a lot has happened and we've been here forever.

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  4. Good to hear you are enjoying your new home. It is always a difficult decision to make when one changes lifestyles as you did but I think it is important to do it earlier rather than leave it too late. So often people think "I am not ready yet" and then something happens and they have to move but it is all a lot harder. (Hope that made sense - I know what I am trying to say)

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    1. That's exactly how we thought about it.

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  5. Back into the 30's C next week, but my yesterday's swim was a tad chilly. It doesn't seem like a whole year since you upped-sticks. My Tomatoes have been rubbish this year; too many extremes.

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    1. Some things seem to grow better in a cooler climate but I don't think our peppers will ever turn red!

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  6. That brought a tear to my eye! So, so pleased you are settled. Looking forward to seeing the kitchen.

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    1. We had some good times out there didn't we?

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  7. Now online and first comment after a month of limbo with our relocation to PR4 after 13 yrs of 24240 France. Glad that you three are happy to have made your move. Lesley

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    1. We were sad to leave but it was the right time for us to make the move back to the UK. I hope your move wasn't too painful.

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  8. You've done a lot in one year.

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  9. I too think the year has gone by quickly. Apart from the recent week of rain I thought the summer had been quite good. We have 27 forecast for the bank holiday here in the south. My tomatoes are rubbish this year.

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    1. Maybe we're just not used to English summers.

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  10. And did the Countenance Divine,
    Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
    And was Jerusalem builded here,
    Among these dark Satanic Mills?

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