We are up to our eyeballs in farewells to friends at the moment. Which is to be expected as there is only one day left before we leave the country.
Moving out of our house was exhausting but a lot less stressful that I had thought it would be and we have just spent two weeks staying out in the country at our friend Shona’s house ‘Summer’ where we rented the annexe. The whole place is surrounded by trees and birds and the air smells amazing. The house is closer to the mountains so we even had a snow shower when we had a blast from the South Pole.
We are now staying at Mike and Sue’s, which is in town but also very beautiful as the house and garden are so well looked after and lovingly decorated. They are tree huggers, like many of our friends and it shows in their surroundings.
Our going away party/spring equinox party was Saturday night and so it was lovely to cozy up the next evening with these dear, good friends and watch the first three episodes of ‘Edge of Darkness’ a favourite of us all since it first came out and won awards at the BAFTAs in 1986. Still a fantastic programme but so dated now in the technology they used, coppers using pay phones and rotary dial phones. Watching the rest of the series tonight after enjoying one of Mr T’s curries.
Outwardly I am just dealing with one small task after the other, trying to be organised and trying to get the weight down on my suitcase. Inwardly I am now firmly between two worlds, here and there, sadness and happiness, excitement and apprehension. We drop the dogs at the pet travel place tomorrow at 1pm and then on to the airport for our flight to Auckland – Shanghai and then Heathrow.
Just trying to keep calm, ommmmmmm