4.12.12

hello friends


Are you well today? This week? This month? I do so hope so, it's been so long.

Well, the move happened and here I am, sitting suddenly eight hours behind where I used to be and to be honest, wondering what in the heck just happened. Into the final throws of jet lag, suitcases unpacked and a bearing of where we are, there is, I think, a little more content than six or seven days ago when we were fresh off a plane and suffering with exhaustion. The children started their new school yesterday and I don't mind saying my fingers have been tightly crossed and my stomach in knots ever since.

Yes, lovely dear readers, we have now crossed the Pond to 'beautiful British Columbia' as so many of you clever things predicted. London is half a world away and this new world of ours is a big, big place where pinafores are called jumpers, jumpers have become sweaters, trousers are now pants, and pants are underwear. We are going to have such a lot of fun with this, I know it! There is now no colour in our world, but color, which is the green of rain fuelled grass, the white of snow capped mountains and bronze from countless fallen leaves.

Are you wondering about the fate of our two moggies? We couldn't possibly have left them behind so those two little lovelies flew with British Airways in a big wooden crate covered in 'live animal' stickers and dosed up on Bach's Rescue Remedy. They arrived a day later than us, surprisingly relaxed after their long, foodless, journey and have been nibbling furiously ever since.

Ooh guess what? We have literally just seen our first racoons, two of them right outside the house, hanging over the branches of a tree by the porch. What a sight they were, staring at us, staring at them. Funny badgery-type things. I wish I had got a photo, only the sky was as black as could be and raining to boot. Next time. I'll show you next time!

27 comments:

  1. Hi Kate..wow! you've arrived! I wonder if you'll all be speaking with Canadian accents before too long! My daughter lives in Canada and started speaking like one within a couple of months..I hope you love it there. Is it forever?

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  2. Sounds like the start of an exciting new chapter in your lives - looking forward to lots of photos and news. We used to have family in BC and regret we never managed to make the journey over to visit.

    Hope the children settle into their news schools quickly :)

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  3. Oh, wow, Kate! How exciting and what an adventure for you all. I'm so looking forward to you showing us your new world Tx

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  4. How exciting for you all and best wishes in your new home. At least you won';t have a language problem other than the few words you have already mentioned. I remember seeing racoons when we visited Niagara Falls and falling in love with them though I gather they are vermin really! How are the children and pussies settling in I wonder? Do tell us all about your new life - it sounds wonderful already.

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  5. The very best of wishes for your new venture Kate! I hope your kids settle well into school and those international cats love their new surroundings.
    It all sounds very exciting and I'm looking forward to all those wonderful scenery photos we're going to get. :)
    Enjoy!!!!
    Vivienne x

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  6. The very best of my wishes are sent to you and yours, Dear Kate! ******
    WOW You seemed to move so quickly......
    This is the beginning of a very exciting chapter in your life.My heart was racing a head about your kittie cats and of course they would be with you all too!
    Kate, Feels like we are missing you already...
    Namaste' dear friend, 'Do what makes your heart smile'.
    Love Maria x

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  7. O WOW, how exciting! What an adventure. You've chosen a fantastic place to move to. Sooo beautiful. Those mountains are so special. I'm excited to hear about your adventures in this new place. Is this a forever move or just for a short term?
    Cheers

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  8. What an exciting adventure you are on! Hope you are all soon fully settled into your new life, looking forward to hearing all bout it! :)

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  9. How exciting! That is quite a big move! I have a blogging friend in BC and it sounds like a beautiful place. I'm sure you will enjoy it, but of course miss things about London. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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  10. Welcome to Canada Kate!!! Our family move from N.Z to Canada when I was 12. I lost my thick accent within 6 months! I remember it being an adjustment calling a jumper a 'sweater' and trousers 'pants':) Many blessings for the beginning of your new adventure. I'm a bit biased, but Canada is a pretty great country to live in!

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  11. Lovely to read your post today, Kate! I'm glad the move has taken place successfully and the kitties are there too. I hope the children soon settle in to their new school. What an exciting adventure it all is. Fancy seeing racoons!! I look forward to hearing about your new life there. I smiled at the word differences.....you'll soon be talking of sweaters and pants I'm sure!!
    Helen x

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  12. I wish you a happy new life in your new country.

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  13. Yay - Canada!

    What a fabulous move...you're going to have so much fun - and pictures...we need lots of pictures.

    take care, enjoy and soak it all up.

    Nina x

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  14. Canada - so excited for you. Really looking forward to your posts from there. X

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  15. Hi Kate! So glad the move went well! Sending you bet wishes in your new adventure in Canada! How fun to see your first raccoons! They are quite cute! Have a beautiful and sweet week! xo Heather

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  16. Oh my goodness Kate, what a HUGE move, I a so pleased you are finding your feet and starting to settle in. Really look forward to hearing about this exciting new venture xox Penelope

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  17. Wonderful to hear you sounding so excited and happy. It is a huge move that you've made, but hopefully a fabulous one. Good luck to you all. T x

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  18. happy move, and welcome to the continent!

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  19. So excited for you. What a wonderful place to be. Can't wait to hear more :D

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  20. Welcome to your new home ! such exciting times ahead. have you found any good wool or fabric shops yet!

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  21. Welcome to Canada.
    We spell colour just that way... it is slightly south of you in the USA that drops the U.
    Most of us of British ancestry have kept the English spellings of words but the pants being underwear is a new one to me.
    Anyways enjoy your new home.
    Susan

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  22. Oh my, that is a long journey. I wave to you from the US on the other side of the continent. I hope you settle in well I am sure you will, and speaking as someone who also upped and moved continents, the fabric and wool shops have certainly not disappointed me on this side of the pond. I am looking forward to hearing about all your new experiences. - Annie

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  23. I do hope you are made to feel welcome and the children adjust to their new surroundings and school. I can understand why your stomach is in knots. Such a big move for all of you. Best, k

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  24. PS. I promise Mr. Raccoon will come back!

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  25. Oh my goodness, I bet your head is spinning! What an adventure for you all, I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your amazing new country. xx

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  26. I had a flickr contact in Vancouver who posted some wonderful pictures. She spoke very warmly of the city and the beautiful land around it (She's now in France). How brilliant to have a contact there again - I'm sure you and your family will have a wonderful life - and over here in Blighty we look forward to reading of your new adventures. Very best wishes for your future in Canada.

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  27. Congratulations on your move and welcome to North America! I hope you settle in quickly and feel at home soon.

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