Home, missing home

September 3, 2014

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The last few days at home in West Cottage were so very busy for both of us. It’s always that way when we try to get as many projects completed as we can together. There are things we have to do, like replacing a weak piece of wood at the bottom of one of the large bedroom windows, which is just nearly impossible to do on one’s own.

The good thing is that we managed to get all the jobs done. The bad thing is that now we have to be apart for a couple of months.

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But there’s no denying that the crops in Oxfordshire have all been harvested, the fruit is ripe on the trees, summer is ending, autumn is fast approaching, and I have to return to Vancouver. The ideal would have been for R to come to Vancouver with me, but his work and projects won’t allow that right now, and my work and projects won’t let me stay longer in OXON, so there you are.

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So Robbie drove me to Heathrow, we had a lot of hugs and kisses and tears, and off I went.

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All bleary eyed and jet-lagged at home, our sweet Chloe had garden flowers waiting for me.

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She took great care of the house here, both the cats and all the plants.

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I dug up some potatoes and garlic from the garden, we stopped at a little organic market for some more veggies…

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…and made a hearty roasted veggie supper.

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In one way it’s good to be home with C and the Vancouver cats, but in another way it sucks…know what I mean?

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A little drama and peace restored.
Time for one last walk. The Wychwood forest.

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  • Reply pomomama September 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    it sucks and it doesn’t – being in two places is a real baggage sometimes. welcome home

    • Reply Veronica September 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much Amanda. Big hugs, now that I’m closer. Let’s meet for a coffee or a mooch in the second hand book store. 😀

  • Reply vastlycurious.com September 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Yes I know.

    • Reply Veronica September 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Yeah, I know you know. 🙁

  • Reply dawnsrays September 4, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Yup, I know what you mean–bittersweet.
    I love all the fresh fruit hanging from the vine. What a delight to snap off an apple or a pear and sink your teeth into it right then and there!
    Chloe is a love, what a great and tender heart she has. I’m sure glad she helped make your home-coming a bit easier to take.
    Have a lovely day sweet, V.

    • Reply Veronica September 5, 2014 at 5:08 am

      Thank you so much Dawn. 😀

  • Reply Molly September 4, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Aw, your picture of the couples at Heathrow (after you’d just said goodbye to your love) made me sad.
    Welcome home to one home.

    • Reply Veronica September 5, 2014 at 5:07 am

      (sigh) Me too. Heathrow can be so happy and so sad at the same time, can’t it? Thank you so much Molly. 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein September 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

    never easy to leave but you know you’ll be back and he’ll be ‘here’ .. you two have a pretty wonderful thing going on!

    • Reply Veronica September 5, 2014 at 5:06 am

      True. Thank you so much for pointing that out. R is always telling me to focus on what we have instead of what we don’t. 😀

  • Reply Diane Malkin September 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Sorry you had to leave, but glad you arrived at home two safely!

    • Reply Veronica September 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

      It was so lovely to see you and Chris. Thank you so much for coming over. I’ll miss you both till next time. Big hugs. 😀

  • Reply My Little Home and Garden September 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    It must be a challenge to live in two homes, on two continents. The harvest is bountiful and the photos of them gorgeous for both places.


    • Reply Veronica September 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

      Thank you so much Karen. I love the autumn, don’t you? Love all the fruit and veg and changing leaves. Let’s enjoy it as much as we can. 😀

  • Reply Gillian September 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I have just got back to Australia from visiting my brand new grandson (and his parents!) in America. One part of me wants to move back there forever, but another part wants to stay here in Australia with my hubby. thank heavens for the internet. I understand your pain. Lucky you can keep up two households.

    • Reply Veronica September 5, 2014 at 5:03 am

      I know what you mean Gillian. The times I’m away, my little granddaughters grow astronomically. Hope you find a happy solution. It’s hard being apart, isn’t it? Big hugs. 🙂

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