I am neither here nor there. I am suspended in limbo, yet speeding through time like a rocket. It feels rather strange.
(Nothing to do with this post! Gratuitous photo of delicious things!!)
Last year, we put our house up for sale. We had talked, at length, about moving back “home” to my home place for some time. So one day we just decided we would do it. And we did. We did all the jobs we have been meaning to do for years. We painted the house inside and out. We packed and labelled stuff we weren’t going to use in the short term. And we waited.
Unfortunately, the housing market here in Ireland, which had come to practically a full stop a couple of years ago, remained sluggish, especially where we are living. We had a somewhat stressful year: the sense of limbo, of not quite being able to root down firmly, the sense of impermanence, is very unsettling.
(Also nothing to do with this post! Gratuitous photo of delicious children!!)
Last Monday, the boys and I were chatting about the whole moving lark. We had decided a few weeks ago to stop waiting, to just live in the moment. We talked on Monday about how we probably wouldn’t sell our house in 2015, how it was creeping into the second half of the year, and you know, that would be okay; we have a beautiful home surrounded by wonderful friends: it would happen when it was right. Two days later, on Wednesday, we had a viewing of the house. 48 hours later, a year and a day after we put our house up for sale, an offer was made, which we accepted. We were moving!
We don’t have anywhere to move to yet. We are packing and packing and packing (where did all this stuff come from?) We have an extraordinary amount of books. I’ve culled about two thirds of them, and still have a substantial library. I haven’t even approached the toy room yet! I seem to spend my days packing and labelling and boxing up and yet don’t feel I’ve made a dent in the stuff. It is stressful. I am stressed. And frequently contrary (sorry kids). I’ve so much in my head that it’s overflowing… As are my lists… And my lists of lists…
(Still Nothing to do with this post! Gratuitous photo of more delicious things!!)
And yet, as stressful as it is, it’s incredibly liberating. I feel, in a sense, that I’m coming up for air, pushing through something; pushing out, expanding: and that’s wonderful.
So, please pardon my absence, past and future. I’m just about keeping my head above water as we negotiate through this muggy reality that is, right now. There are sure to be exciting times ahead 🙂
Congratulations and wishing you all the best for the exciting times ahead! Love the gratuitous photos
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Galway will miss you terribly but we give you wings. Hoping the exact right house presents itself asap in Kildare. They are lucky to get ye x
I love your gratuitous photos! But also the fact that you’ve sold your house and can move forward! I know what living in limbo is like, and it’s no fun.
Oh God, that was fast in the end. A bit like having a baby, eh? Waiting and waiting and nothing happening and suddenly it is there 🙂
Good luck with all the packing Emily. Are you moving far? I was just thinking of you. I’ll be in Galway on Monday and Tuesday.
The photos are lovely, especially the one of the children in the garden. Congratulations, wow, what an adventure! A whole new start, it’ll be brilliant (obviously the packing, etc. is going to be a pain but worth it I think)!! Best of luck to all of you for an easy, speedy move. X
Oh thank you Joanna! I’m keeping my mind on it being “an adventure” rather than “an heartache”!!
Yes VERY like having a baby, ha ha! Moving east to Kildare. Which part of Galway will you be in?
No fun at all Christine… Looking good forward to **change and movement** 🙂
Thank you Nuala <3
Thank you Office Mum 🙂 2015 seems like the year of Big Moves!
The very best of luck my dear in finding your new place to put your roots down. Give yourselves so much time and latitude to get through it all. Rome wasn’t moved in a day: )
So much love to you and your gorgeous family. Will be thinking of you xxx
Thank you my sweet Elizabeth! <3
I love your photos, you do indeed produce delicious food and even more delicious children. Wishing you the very best of luck with the packing, the moving, the next chapter. Such exciting times ahead xx
Congratulations! It is wonderful that you’ve finally sold the house. It feels great to be moving, isn’t it! It’s true that the process is stressful but also is exciting as now you are closing a chapter of your life and you are going to start a new one! I wish you luck and positive emotions! Greets!
Thank you so much Shirly! <3
Thank you Nicola… I feel a post without a few photos is somewhat naked 🙂
We were in Oughterard for a couple of days and had planned to go to Woodford but didn’t make it there in the end.
Lovely post and pics, Emily. Good luck with moving. Galway’s loss is kildare’s gain!
I hope so Monica!!!