Chris McCallum: September 2015
From the Levels
After such a long goodbye — it began 'formally' we think at Easter, it has come as something of a surprise to realise that it's now over a month (interestingly exactly 40 days) since we arrived in our new home.
150+ packing cases are reduced to zero and a dozen or so plastic crates are down to 3 (one containing a 'rubber' dinghy — bought many, many years ago whilst on holiday in Cornwall and now retained just in case we have 40 days and 40 nights of rain this coming winter!!). A place has been found for most things — although some are housed temporarily until our garden shed is built. Charity shops in Alton and Langport have been showered with our surpluses and the click-path to eBay has been well fingered, although some bargains remain.
The weather has been wonderfully kind making the unpacking, sorting and sundry DIY tasks not only easier but positively (well, mostly) pleasurable.
Of course there's much still to do but we are comfortably installed and feel that we can now take most of what remains to be done at a more gradual pace. The garden is the coming project — it could (or perhaps will) take a lifetime.
But all work and no play is good for no-one and we have been busy enjoying ourselves — with trips back to Alton for friends' silver wedding; a couple of visits to Chester to help get Anna and grandson Finlay's house ready for moving in (in fairness more work than play but still very satisfying); the Parish fete at Huish Episcopi (village 1.5 miles away) in a very impressive vicarage garden; the Muchelney Village Fete — tents to erect and take down, bric-a-brac to sell and a children's prize game to manage, all on Bank Holiday Monday; the weekend following the Drayton (village 2 miles distant) Street Fair on the Saturday, but most important of all a special Deborah birthday weekend celebration for which daughters Sophie, Olivia and Laura plus Ruaidhri (Sophie's fiancée) made the trip from London and Alton — a wonderful day filled with laughter, fine food and brilliant sunshine, a great first family visit home.
We've yet to make it to the local Methodist Church in Kingsbury Episcopi (village 3 miles from home) but it's definitely on the schedule for this coming Sunday — we've visited before the move and we were made to feel very welcome so we are looking forward to returning.
We are very much looking forward and not over our shoulders but of course our business still needs Deborah and she travels back for 3 days every week — it's a pity but there is no immediate option at the moment, so we still have strong links — but we miss all our friends in Alton. You all have an open invitation to come visit or call in — a warm welcome awaits all who make it here.
Our address is:
PLEASE DON'T BE STRANGERS — JUST GET IN TOUCH AND COME HAVE A TASTE OF THE SOMERSET LIFE
Chris & Deborah
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