Well, I landed 3 weeks ago, and life has been a constant roller coaster since.
I have had to downsize from a 3 bed house with garden to a 2 bed very 'compact and bijou' flat/apartment, with a communal
garden and patio area
Although I had done some considerable downsizing before I moved, I have found I have had to further downsize since I got here. It has been fun. It has
also meant I have done a few fleamarkets with my collectables and better items, and car boots with the 'tat'
It is wonderful being back here, not least that I am now in the same town as my daughters. Cheltenham is an old Georgian Spa town with some beautiful
architecture. the people generally are very laid back and 'laissez fair'. My son has settled in well to his college and is studying Law,
accountancy, economics and physics, and has got himself a job with the company he worked for back in Warrington.
For myself, I have had lunch and an evening meal with a couple of the other people who live here. They are very nice people. One of my new neighbours,
a South African, was supposed to have a treatment from me for her sciatica this morning. Unfortunately, I saw her going out to a friends house last
night armed with a carrier bag with wine and gin......so no doubt she is sleeping off a hangover! Not a problem, I'm sure her back ache will remind
her when she finally raises herself from her slumber.
Next weeks task is to get my therapy work under way, and most likely I will dig out the aromatherapy book I have been writing for the past 20 years
and see if I can finally get it to a point where I am happy with it and off to a few publishers for consideration.
The following week should see my eldest daughter and her boyfriend finally exchange contracts on a house they have bought here. It dates back to 1890!
Myself and my youngest daughter have been tasked with the gardening there, so at least I will get a few tomatoes and lettuce growing next summer
..............so more house moving on the horizon albeit me helping them out with it.
All in all, it has been absolutely the best decision I have made. It didn't come easy, and a lot of hard work both physically and mentally was
involved....but by golly it was worth it.
I have been keeping up with events in our beloved Shed, but I didn't have internet for about 2 weeks and just didn't have the time to write anything
of substance. Please forgive me for that. I will keep popping in to have a look and keep up with you all, whether I post or not is another matter as
my 'real life' is so full of rainbows at the moment, I am riding them every day....Oh, which reminds me! 4 days after I arrived, I stepped out of my
flat to have a cigarette with a friend from 'back up north' who had popped in to see how I was settling, and is having a difficult time of things at
the moment, and there, so close we could have touched it was the most perfect and clear rainbow I have seen in a very long while! My friend
said...."see, you were meant to be here!". With that another rainbow formed directly above the first one, just as complete......."there we go" I
I have dreamed of being here for little over a year now.........dreams really do come true with a little hard work, perseverance, belief and a good
dollop of courage.
Rainbows to each and every one of you,