Hello! I don’t think I’ve gone without blogging for a week very often before. Thanks once again for all your good wishes and kind comments. I thought I would make a little list to let anyone interested know how things are going for our family. But first, an image from the image bank as my camera and Michael’s laptop are not on speaking terms. Tilly relaxing:
So it’s been quite a week, but a good week. In list form:
- The balmy temperatures continue to amaze all of us. 22 (71F) in the car the other afternoon!
- The dampness is very noticeable, and a nice change from the drying wind. A postcard from a friend curls, the edges of paperback books curl, and I now understand why some people in the Western Isles iron their towels dry!
- Driving here has been an experience and a half. The road markings are nearly invisible, and there are the strangest road layouts I think I’ve ever seen. It’s like a game of snakes and ladders – get in the wrong lane and you will be swept onto the motorway and carried miles away within minutes. But I’m learning!
- As I write, I hear that our things from storage have been decanted into the house – and have all fit, moreover. I feel a spot of unpacking coming on. Whoo – it’ll be like Christmas, I can’t wait! We will stay in the flat for another week, to give ourselves time to get the house ready and stay in a bit of a normal routine. We move the rest of our things, and ourselves, on the 31st.
- Although it’s been hard work, especially going back and forth between flat and house and doing a lot in both places, we are just delighted to all be together again in the same city.
- The Dafter had quite a bad relapse after her hour at school on the 14th. But she very patiently built up her strength, fought off feelings of despair and being behind at the start, etc., and today she was able to go back, and was able to stay for the entire lesson (1 hour 40 minutes). She likes the other pupils, and it’s a very friendly school. Onwards!
- People here are amazingly friendly. Our new neighbours have all been so helpful and kind, on alert to move cars for the moving van and so forth. Apparently they were very relieved to hear that “a nice family” was moving in – I do hope we won’t disappoint them!
- There’s a really nice old-fashioned feeling about Glasgow. Michael says it reminds him of what Cambridge was like when he was growing up in the 1970s. There are ordinary shops, selling ordinary and useful things rather than double-mocha-frappuccinos (though I wouldn’t mind one right about now). There’s an organic veg van that comes around, and apparently a real milkman, so we can have bottles of milk on our doorstep. Michael has become well acquainted with the hardware store nearby. He said they do have everything there. He told me that while he was waiting for the owner to cut keys, it was as if someone had devised a series of challenges. First a woman came in wanting footballs and hula-hoops: yes, they had them. Others needed shed paint and gardening tools – all in stock. Then a lady came in asking if he had any photographs of Glasgow they could use for a poster – he did happen to have one under the counter she could have. All with a smile and some rather hard-to-understand (for us) Glasgow patter.
- There are a lot of urban foxes here. In the three weeks we’ve been in the flat, we’ve seen half a dozen of them, and they are quite brazen. We’re told they roam our new neighbourhood as well. If we decide to let Tilly venture out next spring, we’ll have to be careful. Any advice welcome!
- Tilly herself has come off her Kitty Chill Pills but even without them is very relaxed. She’s been very playful, and has developed a fixation about a small tape measure. When the Dafter was very poorly this past week, Tilly was right on the job, curling up next to her and generally being a good pal. Does she know we have one more move to make? We think she does, somehow. Of course she does. She’s a mind-reader.
- I’ve gone to two very different churches, and will continue to explore the possibilities. When I do eventually transfer my membership to a church in Glasgow, it will be a major commitment because I’m an elder, and – not to wish to sound arrogant – they will likely want me to resume serving as an elder to lighten the load. So I know it will be some time before I find a new church home. Interestingly, in both services that I went to, we sang a hymn that I really love, “Here I am Lord”. I’ve been doing a bit of hymn singing at home, as well – Abide with me, and also Come down O Love divine. Very soothing.
- Knitting continues! It’s like the love of God – never ending and always with me.
- I am hugely, hugely grateful that so far things have gone to plan, and that we’ve begun to build a new life here. There have been moments where I’ve felt jangled, and I have missed my Aberdeen friends enormously. But it’s been great that all three of us are in the same city.
- I am astonished at all the Happy New Home cards that have been waiting for us at the house. This has been a prolonged transition, if you count it from January when we began preparing our flat to go on the market. But really, it’s happened pretty quickly, and we’ve all felt so boosted by people’s good wishes for us.
So things here are going well, and I have a good feeling about this fresh start. I hope that whatever’s happening in your life, you feel there are possibilities and opportunities ahead too.
Take care and bye for now!