Hello! How are you? It is good to catch up again after 5 whole weeks since our last coffee and chat. What is your drink of choice for today? I feel a slight fraud with the title of this post as I am actually sitting here sipping a cup of tea…
If we were having coffee right now, I would be bursting to tell you our big news. We are going to be on the move again – yep – finally! The roots we put down in Cumbria have turned out to be only surface deep. First planned stop is back ‘home’ to Tokyo. Where we go after and whether we do head there first remains to be seen. ‘When?’ I hear you ask. Fingers crossed October – November time this very year!
If we were having coffee right now, we would talk about how this time round it is going to be different. How this time we will not be storing our possessions. Well not many of them anyway. I would tell you how bogged down we felt after our travels by the sheer amount of stuff we have. How tied down and overwhelmed. So this time we are selling most of what we have accumulated in our 22 years together. If or when we settle again, we will start again. Start afresh. I would tell you to let me know if you have your eye on anything of ours!
If we were having coffee right now, I would sadly tell you I will be closing down Mr B’s Button Jamboree in the next few months. Partly because of our plans. Partly because I feel too stretched with the writing, blogging and microstock photography. I would share my disappointment that I never got to develop it in the way I planned and pride in actually doing it in the first place. It took more courage than I actually thought I had. I would tell you this may not be forever, we shall see.
If we were having coffee right now, I would finally give you my exciting news about my blog. I have chosen its new name and am now designing its new look! No you are not finding anything out about it now! Patience!
My! What a catch up this has been with all sorts of big news from me! I feel I have monopolised the conversation slightly…what’s your news? What have you been up to?
Photo by ColobusYeti
Took ourselves off in our little Bongo for an overnight stop at Tan Hill Inn ~ the highest pub in the UK last night.
We had a slight food issue which was a little grrr. Phoned to ask if they could cater for a vegan, they said yes, got there and they said no! This inn is on the middle of nowhere and we had already sampled a couple of beers so we were driving nowhere. Luckily we had enough breakfast with us to eek out 2 meals. Oh and some frazzles!
The surroundings of the peaceful Yorkshire Moors with sheep and birds more than made up for it and this beautiful sunrise would have been worth missing a meal for (*possibly*). Beautiful spot, beautiful morning. Happy Sunday everyone!
Day Three – One-Word Inspiration: Chosen prompt ‘home’
Until 3 years ago, my view of what made somewhere my ‘home’ was very different. My home was one place, the flat we owned, the flat filled with all our things and stuff we had accumulated over the years. It was constant and it was fixed. Then the world changed for me and with it, so did my sense of what makes a home.
An anxiety related ever-shrinking world and a growing sense of ‘is this all there is to our lives’ led to the decision that we needed to make a fairly brutal change to our lives and really push ourselves outside of our comfort zone. We needed to leave home. So we sold our flat and went travelling. This changed us in many ways and it fundamentally changed our outlook on what makes somewhere our home. We lived in our small camper for several months touring around our home country. Views changed, accents changed, weather changed ~ our camper changed into our home.
When that time was over, another camper became our home all the way over in New Zealand. It was rented and for only 5 weeks yet within days it was our home, our sanctuary, our life.
All change again to Tokyo where we lived in a small room for 6 months with only a few bits and pieces to call ours. And yes it became home almost immediately (and still is the place we have most felt at home).
Returning to the UK, we moved to a different part of the country and whilst struggling with the fact that our life had become stationary once more, our place felt like home. Travelling changed how we viewed the word ‘home’. Home is a feeling not a place, you don’t need to own it or fill it full of your things. Home is everywhere and it is anywhere.
Had a little break from my blog last week as we packed up the Bongo and headed down south for a mixture of visiting people, seeing Babymetal perform at Wembley Arena and a 40th birthday party on the Dorset coast.
Being back in the Bongo and travelling around from place to place bought back many happy memories of living in him (yes our Bongo is a ‘he’ known as Mr Bongo) during our travels. I really do miss the wandering around the UK we did in him and hope to get out and about on some mini travels more now the temperatures are starting to rise at night.
As you can see from the photos, we had a great time on our travels – though I have to admit it is nice to have some time to myself now! Now to catch up with all the business bits and pieces…