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Sunday, May 10th, 2015



Another month has gone by since I last wrote and spring has well and truly arrived here on the hill. For once I’m not going to feel guilty about my lack of posting because I’ve done more in the last month than I usually do in a year – and frankly, well, I’m cutting myself some slack because in my humble opinion I deserve it!

The big news is that dear husband (now elevated to dear saintly husband) and I were in England for a week and got mum sorted and moved and her house cleared and up for sale. I had been dreading the move, absolutely dreading it, but honestly it went way better than I expected. I was a bit taken aback when I arrived in the UK to find that while mum thought she had been ‘working’ for months to get ready, she had in fact being doing nothing much really….which gave me just two days to sort through the house she had lived in for 60 years to pick out what was to go with her. As she moved into a lovely apartment this meant about half of everything – so it wasn’t a case of packing a suitcase. Anyway, long days and a decisive nature got me through, we had wonderful packers and movers (thank you Pickfords) and the new home has turned out to be a huge success – flat gorgeous, village picturesque, lunches outstanding, people friendly and welcoming….I could go on…

(I always think it’s amazing what mountains you can move when the chips are down and you just have to do it!)

The only negative for mum in her new home is that having lived on auto-pilot for so long – knowing where everything is and how everything works – she is now having to actually use the old grey cells and work out how exactly the new shower works or how she gets to Waitrose. Having to concentrate is hard when you haven’t done so for a while – but I think she’s mentally much more alert as a result and actually has some conversation and can remember when she’s been and what she has done. She has only once said she misses her old house and I think it’s that automatically knowing things and places that she misses because she has also admitted that it’s much nicer where she is now.

I just feel hugely relieved that she is somewhere safe with people around and nice food and in a lovely place.

So I’m patting myself on the back (even if no-one else is!).

Other than that, there has been a wonderful trip to Morzine to quilt with Quiltova and Mrs Shark’s dinner, but I’ll save that story for another day….

So a big ‘phew’ and now I’m getting back to living my life!

Onward and upwards!


10 Responses to “May news”

  1. Leanne Says:

    Good for you, that is sorted and your garden is blooming too. I think you might deserve several months off.

  2. Edith Says:

    So thankful you got your Mum sorted and moved and that she is settling in well. Looking forward to hearing more stories

  3. CarlaHR Says:

    How lovely to open my e-mail and see your post. I am so glad that you got your mother moved – that must be a huge worry off your mind – and that she actually likes her new home.
    Wishing you a lovely, relaxing summer with lots of sewing, knitting and reading.

  4. PennyL Says:

    So pleased to read your post. I have been popping back to your blog periodically and wondering how the move was going. You and your husband should both be very pleased with yourselves! I am glad your Mum is happy and settled. Love Penny Lx

  5. Susie Says:

    That’s wonderful. I very happy for you as I’m sure the relief is immense.

  6. Jan Says:

    So pleased that you got everything sorted for you Mum in the end and she’s settling in well. What a huge relief for you.

  7. Thimbleanna Says:

    YAY!!! Many big pats on the back from here — it’s hard to imagine how you even managed all that work in one short week! At least that’s one giant weight off of your shoulders and now you can get back to the things you love. Happy May!!!

  8. Julie Says:

    Helen, I’m so impressed that your husband helped you with your Mom as he did. It must feel like a huge weight has been rolled off your back to finally have her safely installed. May she adjust and make friends and find joy, and may you be blessed for seeing it to it that your mother is well cared for in this way. I hope your summer is full of beauty and wonderful projects. Hugs…. xoxo

  9. Elisabeth Says:

    So glad to read everything went well with the move. Your mum will soon be back in a routine and know where everything is; it usually doesn’t take too long.

  10. Kathryn Says:

    i’m so glad you managed to get your Mum sorted. Managing to downsize her stuff in two days is fantastic! It took me months to halve my mother’s clutter (though I did have a small baby in tow and very limited time). I hope you can now relax and enjoy the summer without that particular worry hanging over you.