STEPPING INTO 2010
I hope that you had a very Happy Christmas and as we step forth into not only a New Year, but a new decade.... my hope is that it will be enriched with many blessings for you all.
The view from our village of Cadair Idris Mountain
It was 16 years ago this week that John and I moved from the Cotswolds and embraced our new life at the Old Police Station in this small village in North Wales. We have faced many challenges and a lot of hard work along the way in the restoration of our home..... and I have had several health issues to contend with during this time too, but looking back and taking stock of where we are today, we feel well blessed with our lot and have no regrets.
Despite loving our home as we do, we put it up for sale last year.... Yes, it still surprises me that we did this, but John was thinking ahead and felt that something smaller would be easier to cope with in the years to come. It was with great reluctance I might add for both of us..... I knew it would be very hard for us to leave.... and for me, particularly my garden..... however, we felt that if it was meant to be we would get a sale..... if not, then we were meant to stay here..... we did not get a sale and I believe that we are meant to stay here. I’m happy about that!
John and I have always had a project or two on the go and during the time the ‘For Sale’ board was up we both found it quite frustrating not to have some homemaking/improvement project to turn our attention to. Our garden was tended as usual but any new plants that I just couldn’t resist buying, were simply planted in pots awaiting a possible move.... but it didn’t happen and so, as we now step into 2010, I have to tell you how happy I am.... full of the hope and anticipation of picking up the threads of our dearly loved home once again and weaving the fabric of our future here at the Old Police Station.
This picture of Mount Snowdon was taken from the coast road looking across Cardigan Bay. I zoomed in a little too much, hence the lack of clarity.... nevertheless, I think you can still appreciate what a spectacular sight it was with the blue sea in the foreground.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR IN SWITZERLAND:
We spent Christmas and New Year in Switzerland, visiting our son Christopher and his wife Agata. They have recently bought a farm house in the old town of Eglisau, in the canton of Zurich.... this beautiful town straddles both sides of the river Rhine. C & A have great plans afoot to renovate and restore their new home..... so we helped them make a start..... and apart from Christmas Day our time there was very much a 'hands on working holiday'..... Fences were erected, gates posts put in and new windows installed... and that's just mentioning a few!
When our flight landed at Zurich Airport it was snowing heavily.... just what you expect for Christmas in Switzerland.... however, the snow came and went and came again, we also enjoyed frosty days, sunny days and raining days too.
This is Eglisau... taken on a sunny day from the bridge that spans the Rhine. C & A's new home is just a couple of minutes walk away from the banks of the river.
The old town is a lovely place to wander around..... made up of these beautifully constructed medieval half timbered houses, their timber structures painted in wonderful bright colours. I can just imagine how glorious they will look in spring and summer with flowers spilling over from many window boxes.
On the south facing slopes above the town are many neatly tended vineyards from which Eglisau produces its own wine.
I have other pictures that I'd like to show, but I'll leave them for another post.
Now, before I go, I can't resist showing my last picture.... Our latest project at home has been to fit this little wood burning stove in our sitting room. All the work was completed one Saturday late November..... it is simply wonderful and we've asked ourselves several times why we've never thought of installing one before. We burn a mixture of hard wood logs and smokeless fuel and on recent days of sub-zero temperatures, I don't mind admitting that it has been rather difficult to tear myself away from its toasty warmth.