We are officially house-free! The final week at the house was extremely busy with packing, moving things into storage, and cleaning the house. I would wake up around 3am, thinking of all of the things we still needed to do, then try to get a little more sleep, eventually give up, get up around 5am and get going. How the heck does one 3 bedroom / 1 bathroom house take so much work to empty and clean?! We have just about everything in a storage unit the size of a single car garage. That includes all of our bikes, large fridge, mattresses, washer, dryer, kayak and loads of boxes. The tents, sleeping bags and some of our clothes are with us, ready for our trip north.
Thank you little house! Thanks for keeping us dry and warm and for the memories we shared with you. Thank you garden for your fragrant flowers and yummy fruits.
I kind of expected to feel a little sad about leaving the old house. I really don't though. I think I'd already detached myself. Yesterday, as I was still cleaning and packing, I just felt excitement about the new chapter about to start. Today when I woke up, I felt lightness and joy and relief. We are spending a couple of days with our close friends, Lucy Briggs and Kevin Briggs. So grateful to have this time to just stop and take a breath and tie up loose ends and get the car efficiently organised for our trip. I feel so much gratitude right now. I feel so mellow and peaceful.
(not a great photo, but there was a large circle with the same letters repeated several times. Does it say 'nowhere' or 'now here' or 'here now'? )
I like to see this as 'now here'. And that's where I am. No plan, no need to have to do or go anywhere. I feel so much lightness now. Our rough plan, for now, is just to head north, where the nights are warmer, for about 4 weeks, camping and living simply and deeply.