Days slipped into weeks then into months and now a whole year has passed since my last post on Random Distractions. Here we are in the midst of wintry weather and that was the thing on my mind when I last wrote.
I can't claim excuses of going off to war, being forced to leave my home or even going on holiday for my absence but some explanation is required. The early months of last year were filled with hospital visits as my husband had major surgery on his spine. The hospital is 70 miles away so the outpatient visits took whole days and I had to take up residence in the city while he had his surgery. That took care of several months, when writing really was the last thing on my mind. I'm afraid that the longer I stayed away from the keyboard the harder it became to get back to it and lo, a year has passed!
I fear I have probably lost all of my old friends but, just in case anyone still looks in, here is a huge apology for going away with no word of farewell.
So, what does 2015 have in store? Top of my wishlist is good health for all my family and friends. I'm delighted to say that my husband is mobile again - no crutches or sticks but no more 5 mile walks before breakfast. That doesn't mean that I see more of him, however, as he used to set off at dawn every morning and would be home again before I woke. Nowadays he has to content himself with a couple of hours studying languages: stretching his mind instead of his legs.
Speaking of stretching minds, our village has just set up a branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) and we are both very busy developing new skills and practising old ones. All that language study is coming in useful for the MM as he is leading groups in French, German and Spanish. I have joined a book group (more of that another day) and genealogy, gardening and craft groups. We have both joined the "strolling group" as the walking and long-walking groups are beyond our current competence. It is all very exciting and we have met dozens of people. The dullest village in England has suddenly become extremely interesting. And that just as we are about to leave!
Yes, after several years of thinking and talking about it, we have decided to leave Devon and move to the Oxford area to be close to our lovely daughter and grandchildren. We will also be much closer than at present to our son and his family. We will all miss the sea and sand but we wil have beautiful countryside instead. Now we are busy decluttering and doing all those little repair jobs that have been put off over the 25 years we have lived in this house. I will miss my garden but I am looking forward to finding a modern easy to care for house. Eighteenth century cottages are full of character but also full of problems, usually very expensive to fix.
I'll be back soon with reports on my recent reading for the U3A book group. I hope this reaches someone but a comment or two would probably be more than I deserve. Still, here's hoping.