I’ve just had a constructive time revamping the appearance of my blog and I’m really pleased. I found a new template on WordPress and the format suits the me that is moving into a new part of my life. I’ve also s hut down my old blog on Blogger as, now I’ve worked out the ways and means of WordPress, I prefer this format.
I’ve been letting go of people with whom I have little contact now. I tend to hang on to contacts, I value friendships, but sometimes you have to acknowledge that you – and they – have moved onto different parts of our lives. While the good memories remain, new people will arrive for me and the people I’ve known in the past who also are moving in new directions.
We have also just sold our house, the formal completion of our contract went through on December 21st, the Summer Solstice in Australia, and the settlement (the day we move out and hand over to the new owner) is February 1st. So I’ve been busy setting up new accounts for our overseas travel and establishing a new e-mail address to use while we’re in transit.
We are going to have a break in Perth, Western Australia, where we both lived for a long time and where we have lots of friends. It will give us time to have a rest, catch up with friends and get ready for our next leap into the unknown – the move to North Cyprus in the Mediterranean.
We will be flying to Turkey via Kuala Lumpur, then spending a couple of nights in Istanbul, before finally heading off to North Cyprus. We will rent for a couple of months or longer while we scout around for a new home. We have made this decision as our family is in the UK, so we will be much closer. We can’t handle the cold weather in the UK after so many years in sunny Australia with most of our time spent in sub-tropical climates, but being in Cyprus we can get cheap flights to the UK and long haul flights will become a distant memory.
So now my husband is busy packing as Bryan is the super-packer of the two of us, he reckons I’d still be packing two days after we leave the house, and we have started lining up all the house contents we’ll be selling or giving away before we move. Some of our gear – a Buddha statue and gardening tools my husband won’t be taking – went to our next door neighbour’s today, we’ll be putting up notices of furniture we’re selling, plus other notices to sell our Subaru Outlook, so all that will be travelling to meet us in Cyprus will be heaps of boxes of personal belongings. We don’t take furniture as the removal costs are generally more than the furniture is worth, and when you get to your new destination, you can buy there what you need that suits your new home.
So at some time towards the end of January there’ll be some gaps in posts as we set off as gypsy travellers on our next new adventures. I’ll wind up with my favourite saying: “Onwards and upwards, teacups!”.