Full Circle Flashbacks

One of the shreds of hope you cling to when packing up your whole life to move to another country, is the belief that one day you will get the chance to unpack it all in a new home. For me, this wheel has finally turned full circle.

Three years on, I have spent the last month unpacking my boxes, vac-bags and plastic crates into my new little cottage in the country. It’s been like Christmas. Each layer of bubble wrap unfurled has revealed treasures: some longed for, some forgotten and some only dreamed about, thinking they had been left behind.

Perhaps the most exciting boxes to unpack were those which bore the legend “Packed by Penny” on my inventory list. Three years ago, my friend Penny came to my rescue a few days before the dreaded container arrived. I waved one hand vaguely at a table top covered with teapots and general kitchen ware, and the other hand at the remnants of a display cabinet, and muttered something incoherent about wanting to take all those things with me but not knowing where to pack them. Penny did the job, and expertly too. Not a single thing chipped or broken, all of my treasures restored to me in my new little cottage, one by one.

Thank you, Penny.

 

Thank you, Tina and Bryan, for helping me on loading day, and treating me to breakfast afterwards. As you know, I couldn’t have got through that day without you.

Another special thank you to my wonderful friends Cathy and Jackie, who helped me to pack up and distribute the things that didn’t fit into that little Move Cube container three years ago. Without these wonderful ladies, I’d probably still be sitting in a tearful heap in the middle of my old cottage, unable to decide what to pack and what to leave. Cathy air freighted me two boxes of favourites without which I would have been bereft.

In the last two years or so, I may have gone a little overboard in seeking out and buying up oddments found in Op Shops to replace things I didn’t bring. I’ve searched for – and found – several pieces of Corning ware – rare as hen’s teeth since I gave all mine away. I’ve searched for – but not found – a set of stainless steel steamer pots. No matter, I made a plan with a universal steamer basket and a metal sieve. Last night’s sweet potato and rice cooked up just as tastily in the new equipment as it would have done in the old.

My new cottage is looking good now, snug and warm with new net curtains and the roll-up blinds I’ve made to keep out the winter cold. There are still a few things to unpack, but it’s a pleasure, not a chore, and I’m enjoying the process.

One day I’ll get back to writing again, but first I need a little time to revel in the fun of making a home in my new place.

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8 thoughts on “Full Circle Flashbacks

  1. Wow! I admire tyst you moved countries, I don’t know why you decided on such a big move however impressed you came here. I know what you mean by unpacking although I’m 6 months into living in an apartment and just starting to reshuffle to make it more lovable. Keep us updated. Ice red teapot on the bottom shelf also. Cheers,H

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    • Thanks, Helen. I moved here because my sister came to live here with her Australian-born husband a few years before, and I have no other close relatives. I’m glad I did.

      In previous moves I’ve been known to take up to five months to put the pictures on the walls, but I intend to be a bit faster this time.

      That red teapot is one of several items bought from T2 in Melbourne on previous holiday visits here. Some of my stuff is well-travelled…

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    • Thank you, Monika. My cats have settled in well, and I’m feeling the urge to get back to writing the novel in this lovely place, surrounded by a mix of the familiar and the new.

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  2. Susan, it looks adorable! I know so well the feeling of unpacking your things after they have been in storage for a long while. It feels as if they are new again but also familiar . I love the excitement of finding a place for them. I am so glad you found your perfect corner.

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