14 September 2018

Friday Morning


We have been having some early mornings, waking up at five and then getting up for breakfast instead of tossing and turning.  I have always been an early riser, lark not an owl.  This morning I slept until six but, after breakfast, felt tired and disinclined to join Paul and Rick on their walk, it was foggy outside and did not look welcoming at all.

I made a cup of tea and took it, like a guilty pleasure, back to bed and started a new book, a psychological thriller – I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s a bit of a page turner.  I read the first chapter and thought, right, better get up and start baking a batch of cakes.  But I really wanted to read the next chapter.  I started to climb out of bed and then thought, you stupid woman, you are retired and free to do what you want with your day.  So I read the next chapter.  And the next.  Then I got up and baked my cakes. Habit of a lifetime. It’s still only 9.00 a.m.

The book starts as someone who has let her house as an Airbnb and is uncomfortable with the thought of someone else using her home, using her things.  Next month someone else will be living in my home, sleeping in my bed, using my china, polishing my prized granite worktops, sitting on my sofas, burning my logs in the woodburner we installed.  It won't be mine anymore.  It’s a strange feeling.



16 comments:

  1. Interesting thoughts. When I sold my house, only 8 miles from where I live now, I bumped into the lady who bought it in Waitrose 2 months after they moved in. She immediately started apologising to me for the changes they were making (they were going to add an extension). I had to reassure her that I didn't mind and that it was their house now to do as they wished and continue the good things and love it in their way. They had three young children and loved the house and garden the minute they saw it, it was obvious to me at the viewing, and that was all that mattered to me. I left some things which they used at least to start off with. I was always happy for them. As for baking cakes, I am wondering why exactly you would want to be baking a batch of cakes today when you are driving back to England on Sunday! I am also a lark, not a night owl although this has changed a little since I have been living alone. I don't get up so early!

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    1. Next Sunday, not this Sunday. And any spare cakes will come with us on the journey!

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    2. Ah right, not so silly then. Sorry my comment was so long!

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    3. No, one small cake with coffee every day. I'm addicted to my honey/nuts/ oats/fruit rock buns. I tell myself that the oats make them healthy. Sloshed some whisky in with the mix today, needs using up!

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  2. 'Occasionally' Lady M forces herself to stay in bed till about 10am. She doesn't then bake cakes; where have I gone wrong?

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  3. Oh yes Sue - a strange feeling indeed. Been there, done that, lived to tell the tale but after much anguish. Good luck with the move.

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    1. Thanks Pat. I've moved house before but have never left furniture and other household stuff behind.

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  4. Unlike you, I am an owl. Perhaps this morning's reading session will be the turning point and you will also become an owl. Toowitt-toowoo!
    Sad to leave that house but a wonderful new life is awaiting you on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds surrounded by good people who speak your language.

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    1. Apparently we will be Frim Folk.

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    2. Three Lincolnshire dialect words that should come in handy:-
      wozzle = root vegetable
      blather = mud on clothing
      gimmer = a ewe that has never given birth

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  6. Is it a normal thing in France to leave all your furniture when you sell up? It seems very odd to me! When we moved here 40 yrs ago we brought everything....including carpets and curtains, though that doesn't happen these days. Carpets and curtains and often fridges/washing machines and similar are left for the incomers. We helped our son move house last year and they were supposed to leave fridge and freezer and take 2 enormous wardrobes but it was the other way round! He had to dash out to buy fridge etc but decided to keep the wardrobes...nice big modern ones actually!

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    1. It just suits our circumstances Frances. This is a second home and we have a load of furniture and possessions already in storage in the UK. Our buyers will be using this as a holiday home so are happy to buy it complete.

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    2. Sounds like happiness all round then! Good luck with the actual move.

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