Back From London

We have finally arrived back from London. Had a wonderful time there with the family. I have missed you all and will, as of tomorrow, make contact with your blogs. I so look forward to that. Hope you’ve all kept well.

Just to share some personal news with you:

We’ve been visiting our family every year, sometimes twice a year, for approximately 14 years now. Leaving London and coming back to South Africa has always been a bit traumatic for us, especially for Jane. This time it just seemed more intense and difficult. I’m not sure why. Perhaps all our times of leaving have finally caught up with us.

So, we have made the decision to move to the UK, which in a sense has become a kind of second home to us. We want to be closer to our family to share just a little more in their lives. They have often urged us on to make this decision, so now we have and hope to be in the UK by June this year.

We are extremely excited about it and are looking forward to another challenging and exciting chapter in our life together. We are under no illusions, it’s not going to be easy, but we are extremely positive as we begin to launch out on this venture with confidence and a sense of new vision.

So there you have it, we’ve made what is possibly the biggest decision of our lives.

Good to be chatting with you all again. 🙂

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About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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55 Responses to Back From London

  1. Once while driving through the British countryside I said I would retire there. Best wishes and a safe move! Glad to see you are back.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    It seems like you’ve had enough of an opportunity to make a good decision. I wish you luck planing the move and I look forward to reading about it.

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    • Don says:

      Thanks Dan. You’re right. We have had a long time to ultimately make the decision. Now that it’s made I feel at peace and thank you for your wishes.

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  3. Kathy says:

    So good to hear from you, Don. My son got married in CT on Sat. I was with both my children and their partners for the first time in 8 years. The occasion was pure gift. As my daughter said the three of us have lived in different provinces, kept in touch, but the sense of family when you are together in one place – there’s just no substitute for it. Our little threesome has been welcomed into the warmth of a wonderful caring family and we are totally hooked! Life is too short to be apart. Your news is very exciting. No looking back now! Every good wish for this new chapter. With love to you and Jane.

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    • Don says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words which strike such a cord, Kathy. Your description of togetherness as pure gift is precisely that and I celebrate with you the time you all shared together. You’re right, time is short and we have been so conscious of that. Thank you again Kathy. Your wishes are deeply appreciated.

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  4. seaangel4444 says:

    Brilliant to read your post, dear Don! I think it’s an exciting time, albeit challenging as you said. Nonetheless, I am positive it will be the best decision for the most wonderful adventures ahead for you and Jane! Cher xo

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  5. tomsimard says:

    Glad to have you back.
    And another wonderful chapter is about to begin for you.
    Wishing you the smoothest move possible.

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  6. Val Boyko says:

    Follow your heart Don! What an adventure for you both 🙂
    p.s. Buying jeans may be easier too.

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  7. Hariod Brawn says:

    Congratulations to you and Jane on making this monumental decision Don. May I ask, have you yet given much thought to what region you may choose to live in?

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  8. nrhatch says:

    Wow! That’s exciting news, Don! In addition to being closer to family, you’ll have all that lovely English history, heritage, and pageantry to explore. Enjoy bringing your plans to life.

    I’m reading LONDON by Edward Rutherford at the moment. Quite a tome, spanning 2000 years of fictional characters set in historic events. He’s also written similar novels set in Paris, Ireland, and Salisbury.

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    • Don says:

      That’s right Nancy. Both Jane and I have deep ancestry roots in England and its history and culture has always fascinated us. The book sounds absolutely marvellous. I must look in to it. Strange you should say this. I’ve been reading LONDON THE BIOGRAPHY by Peter Ackroyd. This is a history though written with such flare and colour. Have so enjoyed it.

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  9. Mary says:

    Wow, talk about coming back with gusto! Great read, congratulations on making a decision that you know your hearts have been leading you too, a beautiful thing for you both and the family. I’m thrilled for you Don.

    So very exciting!! Best wishes as you and Jane begin this new venture.

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    • Don says:

      Thanks Mary for your kind words. You’re so right in the way you have put it – a decision our hearts have been leading us to. Couldn’t have said it better. Appreciate your wishes.

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  10. Wow Don, that is a big decision and I wish you both well in the UK. Perhaps we’ll see sketches of castles and Stonehenge in the future?? ❤
    Diana xo

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    • Don says:

      Thank you Diana. It is a big decision as you say, but I think it has been made easier by the very fact that it has been a kind of decision that has now led up to this point of actually taking it.Can’t wait to sketch those castles. 🙂 Thank you for your kind wishes.

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  11. Reading your post, I felt the enthusiasm in your words! I am thrilled for you and Jane to be realizing a (life-changing) relocation you both want so much. I wish you both all the happiness and comfort that you desire with such a delightful decision!

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  12. calvin says:

    As for your return to blogdom, thanks for the heads up, guess I’ll have to start behaving myself now that the King has returned -when the Cats away the Mouse will play. Others will be glad to hear your back at it, for in your absence I’ve had to give others a hard time instead. So you we’re missed.

    In the back of my mind, I actually thought you might set up camp on the big island at the other end of the Atlantic Ocean. Little things here and there, and other things never mentioned just seemed to play into the inkling -emanated brooding aloof in the air. The dawn of 2015 will be a Don -location changes one more than one can decipher.

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    • calvin says:

      will be a different Don….forgot ‘different’

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      • Don says:

        Well I’m so pleased that there is breath on the mirror, Calvin. Interesting plan you have there. Reading it gives me a kind of longing for faraway places.

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    • Don says:

      It’s so good to hear from you again Calvin. You are too kind. I have also missed you. I’m sure you did have that in the back of your mind. You are extremely perceptive, so I’m not surprised. Are you back again and blogging?

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      • calvin says:

        No not really back just a couple posts -more like breathing on a mirror to show there is still life. I think it will be a full year before get where I want to be. Not sure I could ever leave Canada, though there are plans to someday pack it up and live life out 2100kms away near Baie Saint Marie in Nova Scotia.

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  13. Change is imminent and often, welcomed, All the best with your choice that seems timely and intended, Don. Wishing you much happiness in your next ‘chapter’ and home.

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    • Don says:

      Thank you for your wishes Eric. Yes, we also feel there’s a timely aspect to it, a kind of a kairos moment. Looking forward to the change and all it brings in to our lives.

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  14. ladyfi says:

    I totally understand – it gets harder to be so far away from family as the years slip by. My sister emigrated to Australia and became Australian and after about 12 years has now moved back to the UK with her husband to be near his kids and granddaughter. I think it was a tough adjustment – but they don’t regret it.

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    • Don says:

      I can understand your sister moving back Fiona. It’s not easy being so far away from your family, especially when its your children. Good to hear they don’t regret their decision. I’m sure the adjustment is going to be tough for us as well, although we have been there so often that England has become like a second home to us. Thank you for understanding.

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  15. Welcome back Don 🙂 it is a big decision to make such a move and yet, what is more important than family and love? I hope the move goes smoothly. It’s a new chapter for your both that I am sure will bring you new energy and joy. (the yucky bit is the move!!)

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    • Don says:

      It’s good to be back, thanks Karen.You’re right family does mean much. We’re also hoping it will go smoothly, but I suppose nothing ever does, there’s always those little hitches. Thank you for your welcome.

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  16. Some changes are more about heart than location; it sounds like a very good move.
    Welcome back, Don!

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  17. ptero9 says:

    The urge to be near loved ones is very understandable Don. Happy are we who follow the heart. Best wishes on the move. Glad you are back!

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  18. That is truly exciting and we understand exactly what you mean about being nearer to family and most of ours are here in the UK, though hours away from us! There are many very beautiful places to live in the UK. Will you be planning on being in/ near London?
    It’s very good to have you back 🙂

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    • Don says:

      Thank you for your kind welcoming back words, Sally. Yes we would like to be close to London, but not too close. As you know, the closer you get to London the more expensive property becomes, and with the kind of exchange rate when it comes to the Pound and the Rand, we have to be very careful. We love the UK and are really are looking forward to going and being closer to family. It’s going to be quite a change, but that’s what life is all about, isn’t it? 🙂

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  19. Congrats on your big news! Such exciting new blog posts it will bring, too. Looking forward to following the progress.

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  20. Darrel H says:

    Excited for you both. Enjoy the uk.

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  21. Darrel H says:

    I’ve stopped blogging for awhile. Just feel like there’s too many words and too much social media in my life… 😉

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  22. Don,
    I was so glad to have you visit Red recently and now to have caught up with your latest news. As we get older, it’s amazing how we change and re-arrange ourselves because our priorities shift into another gear. I hope the move will be a wonderful one for you and Jane and that you’ll enjoy being closer to your family.
    Family, to me, is my most treasured core value. I look forward to keeping in touch with you and your journey to the edge of time.

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    • Don says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment Sheila. I really value your words. I feel with with you as to how you see family. We are looking forward to the move but also know there are going to be difficult aspects to it.

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  23. It can take a while sometimes to decide on a course of action. It is good that you have at last made the decision. I hope it is a wonderful change to your lives. You will at least get to spend more time with your family. Best wishes on a trouble-free move. 🙂

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